Coronavirus NSW: Genomics confirm where returned traveller likely acquired COVID after day-16 positive test

The Wollongong resident who tested positive to COVID-19 two days after they left hotel quarantine is unlikely to have contracted the virus while in the hotel, NSW health authorities said.

Genomics testing revealed that the case isn’t related to any other cases in hotel quarantine.

“Fortunately NSW continues its run with zero community transmission,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday morning.

“The other good piece of news is that the person who contracted the virus on day 17 is unlikely to have contracted it while in quarantine.”

Health experts have come up with two other “more likely hypotheses” of the source of infection.

They think the returned traveller had a longer incubation period or it was a historic case.

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