NSW reports no new COVID cases but source of infection for hotel quarantine worker remains elusive

No new coronavirus cases have been locally acquired in New South Wales on Saturday.

But the source of infection for a hotel quarantine worker who broke a 26-day COVID-free streak continues to elude health authorities.

The cleaner is suspected to have contracted the virus on the job, with genomic tracing indicating their strain originated from the US.

Whether it was acquired through direct contact with a returned traveller or through contact with a surface, or somehow else, is being probed.

“The source of infection may be international aircrew who were self-isolating in the hotel at the time, however investigations are continuing,” NSW Health says.

A general view of The Novotel Hotel and Ibis Hotel in Darling Harbour. NSW is racing to trace and test contacts of a coronavirus-infected hotel quarantine worker. Credit: JAMES GOURLEY/AAPIMAGE

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