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Dr Young races to track down eight from quarantine

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Authorities are racing to track down eight people who stayed on the same floor of a Brisbane hotel quarantine facility that housed a COVID-19 “superspreader”.

In the biggest test for Queensland since the three-day lockdown in January, fears are mounting the Russian variant spread throughout the eighth floor of the Hotel Mercure at North Quay.

The suspected superspreader travelled into Brisbane on February 17 from Doha on Qatar Airways flight QR898, and five other cases of the Russian variant, B1.1.317, have since been linked. All cases have been detected at the same hotel.

The flight then continued onto New Zealand, where another case has been confirmed.

While authorities do not hold the same fears about the Russian variant as they do…



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