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Multiple Queensland police officers exposed to coronavirus after incident

Nadine Carroll
·1-min read

Almost a dozen Queensland police officers have been forced into Covid-19 isolation after they came into close contact with an infected man in hotel quarantine.

The incident happened at the Rydges Hotel in South Brisbane on Sunday when police were called to check on a 41-year-old-man's welfare, police say.

7 News reported the returned traveller, 41, was suffering from psychosis when he tried to leave the Rydges Hotel Southbank. The man was stopped by police given a medical assessment.

The Rydges Hotel in South Brisbane
The incident happened at the Rydges Hotel in South Brisbane on Sunday when police were called to check on a 41-year-old-man's welfare. Source: Google Maps

The man was later tested for the virus and returned a positive result, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

All 11 officers are in either home isolation or hotel quarantine and have tested negative for the virus.

The officers were wearing personal protective equipment when they interacted with the man.

“The Queensland Police Service is conducting welfare checks on the members each day and has been able to make arrangements to ensure adequate staffing is in place while they are isolating,” a spokesperson told 7 News.

Queensland recorded no new coronavirus cases on Thursday.

There are currently 14 active cases in the state.

with AAP

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