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NSW Health issues alert over new strain of COVID

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NSW Health is calling on anyone who has been at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane since 30 December, either as a returned traveller or as a staff member, to immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days after they were last at the hotel regardless of their test result.

NSW Health also requests these people to telephone 1300 066 055 for further advice.

Six cases of the COVID-19 variant of concern have now been linked to the hotel. This variant is known to spread more easily from person to person than other strains of the COVID-19 virus. 

The Queensland Government has notified NSW Health there were NSW people staying at the hotel who have since returned to NSW.

The hotel is believed to have been used for returned travellers only.

NSW Health is working with Queensland Health to identify these people so our contact tracers can provide public health advice and updated information as it becomes available. 

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit: COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

NSW Health urges anyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result.

A complete list of venues of concern, and the related health advice, is available on the NSW Government website: Latest COVID-19 news and updates