Covid sliding doors moment in medi-hotel led to Victoria lockdown

An 18-second sliding doors moment between returned travellers in South Australian hotel quarantine sparked the Covid-19 outbreak that has plunged Melbourne into another crippling snap lockdown.

SA Health released the findings of a report on Wednesday suggesting there were no protocol failures or daftar sbobet terpercaya high-risk events that could have caused the outbreak.

Instead, the report cited an exposure window of only a few seconds between the two guests – known as Case A and Case B – opening their doors to collect their meals.

Case A is a man in his 30s from Wollert in Melbourne’s north who arrived in Australia Covid-free before unknowingly catching the double mutant Indian strain in Adelaide quarantine. 

Case A tested negative for the virus three times during his stay in hotel quarantine and returned to Melbourne on May 4, only to return a positive result on May 11.

The revelation comes as supermarket giants like Coles and Woolworths reinstate toilet paper purchase limits of two packets per customer in Victoria as panic buyers strip shelves of the essential item.

Victoria’s outbreak has grown to 26 cases and Acting Premier James Merlino said the list of potential Covid-19 exposure sites in the state has reached 150 locations.

An 18-second sliding doors moment between returned travellers at Adelaide's Playford Hotel (pictured) sparked Melbourne's outbreak, a report has found

An 18-second sliding doors moment between returned travellers at Adelaide's Playford Hotel (pictured) sparked Melbourne's outbreak, a report has found

An 18-second sliding doors moment between returned travellers at Adelaide’s Playford Hotel (pictured) sparked Melbourne’s outbreak, a report has found

The list of potential Covid-19 exposure sites in Victoria has reached 150 locations as of Friday morning. Pictured are pedestrians wearing face masks next to a Melbourne tram on Thursday

The list of potential Covid-19 exposure sites in Victoria has reached 150 locations as of Friday morning. Pictured are pedestrians wearing face masks next to a Melbourne tram on Thursday

The list of potential Covid-19 exposure sites in Victoria has reached 150 locations as of Friday morning.

Pictured are pedestrians wearing face masks next to a Melbourne tram on Thursday

The SA Health report found there was an 18-second gap between Case A and Case B opening their doors to collect their meals on May 3 at Adelaide’s Playford Hotel.

At that point Case B was contagious but had not yet tested positive to the virus.

‘On one occasion, Case B opened his room door to collect his meal, then 18 seconds later Case A opened his door to collect his meal,’ the report said.

‘A similar situation was observed again on the same day with a time lapse of less than 12 minutes.’

The report said Case A could have been exposed to contaminated air during those periods – made worse by the fact the pair were both staying at the end of the corridor.

The position of their rooms in the hotel may not have allowed the ‘exchange of fresh air…

despite adequate ventilation levels in the corridor,’ the report reads.

A poorly ventilated hotel quarantine corridor was named as a potential cause of an outbreak of cases linked to a cluster in Parafield in Adelaide’s north last year.

Pictured: Shelves at a Melbourne Coles supermarket after being stripped of toilet paper during Victoria's latest snap lockdown. The grocery giant has introduced purchase limits on toilet paper in Victoria

Pictured: Shelves at a Melbourne Coles supermarket after being stripped of toilet paper during Victoria's latest snap lockdown. The grocery giant has introduced purchase limits on toilet paper in Victoria

Pictured: Shelves at a Melbourne Coles supermarket after being stripped of toilet paper during Victoria’s latest snap lockdown. The grocery giant has introduced purchase limits on toilet paper in Victoria

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