NSW Health says a quarantine hotel guard caught COVID-19 from US traveller

A Sydney hotel quarantine guard has contracted coronavirus from an international traveller staying at the Marriott Hotel in Circular Quay, NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant has revealed.

Genome sequencing of virus samples from the guard and people at the hotel matched his COVID-19 case to that of a traveller from the United States, Dr Chant said on Tuesday.

NSW Chief of Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant.Credit:SMH

The case sets off a new potential chain of transmission in Australia that is genetically different from the Victoria-derived strains that triggered Sydney's second-wave clusters, including the Crossroads Hotel and the Thai Rock restaurants.

The guard visited several sites including Parramatta Local Court and Flemington Markets during his infectious period, Dr Chant said.

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