Saturday, November 27, 2021

Woman who allegedly escaped hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast still on the run

Three days after she escaped from her room, a woman who allegedly broke out of a hotel quarantine is still missing.

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski told reporters the woman had allegedly “chosen not to co-operate” with police.

Mr. Gollschewski said police were “putting in a lot of resources to locate her”.

“I am confident we will soon. Right now, we are not concerned because she has tested negative, but we want to be certain,” he said. On Monday the 24-year-old woman was ordered into 14 days of isolation at the Sofitel Broadbeach after being dubbed a close contact. However, police allege she managed to force her way through a glass door and escape the hotel on Tuesday night.

“Police are investigating after a 24-year-old woman, who was directed to isolate at a Gold Coast quarantine hotel for 14 days as of August 2, escaped the premises,” police said. She does remain outstanding, so police are conducting extensive searches to locate her as soon as possible.”

Mr. Gollschewski said police were continuing to attempt to find the woman.

“Our priority is to locate this person, get her back into quarantine, and make sure she gets another test. She has tested negative already,” he said.

Police’s continued hunt for the woman comes as Queensland recorded 10 new cases of coronavirus – five children and five adults – today.

All were linked to the Indooroopilly cluster in Brisbane. Only two of the cases were infectious in the community – both for one day each.

More than 8500 people are isolated as contact tracers continue to add venues of concern to Queensland Health’s list.

The Indooroopilly cluster now numbers 89 cases. Cairns got a brief scare earlier this week when a fully vaccinated marine pilot contracted coronavirus from a container ship in Far North Queensland.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the results were “very, very promising”.

“Queensland, you are doing a fantastic job. You are getting tested, staying home, wearing your masks, and doing the right thing … All the indications are that it is working; we just need to keep it up.

“It is too soon to say what will happen over the next few days and whether we will be able to ease restrictions on Sunday,” he added.

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