Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane COVID case has UK ‘mutant’ strain of coronavirus

A hotel quarantine worker in Brisbane has been diagnosed with the mutant UK strain of coronavirus, 7NEWS understands.

The variant, which experts believe is up to 70 per cent more virulent than the base strain, has so far only been reported in returned travellers.

This would be the first time it has been reported amongst the community.

The woman was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday night after reporting symptoms earlier in the day.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said urgent genome sequencing was being conducted to determine whether it was the additionally contagious UK strain.

7NEWS understands that late on Thursday afternoon, testing determined that it was.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young. Credit: AAP

It’s also believed QLD Health will move to cancel all visits to hospitals, aged care and disability care to prevent the virus entering high-risk locations.

Health authorities are now scrambling to ensure the virus doesn’t spread.

The cleaner, who worked at the Grand Chancellor Hotel and lived in Alegester, was potentially infectious for five days.

The cleaner worked at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane.
The cleaner worked at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane. Credit: 7NEWS

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