Pan Pacific hotel quarantine security guard may have caught Covid from touching ...

Hotel quarantine security guard who almost sent Western Australia into a second lockdown 'may have caught Covid from touching a luggage trolley' Guard at Perth's Pan Pacific Hotel tested positive to coronavirus on Saturday Premier Mark McGowan said he may have become infected from luggage trolley His two roommates also tested positive prompting restrictions to be enforced

By Eliza Mcphee For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 06:27 BST, 5 May 2021 | Updated: 06:30 BST, 5 May 2021

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A security guard who caught coronavirus while working at a quarantine hotel may have got it from touching a luggage trolley.

The man aged in his 20s caught the US strain of the virus while working at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth and tested positive on Saturday.

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Genomic testing indicates the guard has the same variant as the two guests who were staying on the same floor.

WA Premier Mark McGowan suggested he may have caught the virus from handling their luggage.

The man aged in his 20s caught the US-strain of the virus while working at the Pan Pacific Hotel and tested positive on Saturday

The man aged in his 20s caught the US-strain of the virus while working at the Pan Pacific Hotel and tested positive on Saturday

The guard's two roommates also tested positive to Covid-19, prompting masks to be enforced both indoors and outside as well as banning fans from attending Sunday's AFL Western Derby.

Mr McGowan said he was advised the guard was wearing gloves when he handled their luggage in a lift. 

'He was masked up, he was wearing PPE, all the precautions were in place, he entered the lift that they had been in, we know that, and he handled some luggage,' he said.

'We think that he may have handled their luggage. Was there transmission there? We can only speculate.'

The premier said 75 out

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