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The hotel quarantine program is not airtight, it would seem, after a woman working at hotels in Sydney’s Darling Harbour returned a positive COVID test result. 

New South Wales has reported its first community COVID case in 25 days.

Speaking on Sunrise, the state’s Health Minister Brad Hazzard confirmed the woman had worked in two Sydney hotels, including one quarantine hotel, and had returned a positive test result overnight.

“A 1.22am, I was formally advised that we’d found one more case in Sydney of COVID-19,” he said.

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“Up until 8pm last night, we would have been saying today was our 26th day without any cases but we now have one case.”

It has not been revealed exactly where she contracted the virus, but she is said to have worked at both Ibis Darling Harbour on November 27, and The Novotel Hotel, Darling Harbour on November 28-30.

“Health would like anyone who worked at [the hotels, during those times] to look out for symptoms and to self-isolate until we’ve managed to get the tests done on them,” he added.

7 News reports the woman’s family had been tested and have thus far reported negative results.

As of yesterday, New South Wales said the state’s only new cases were reported in overseas travellers, which prompted NSW Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant to comment the state had “virtually eliminated community transmission”.

“There’s always room for doubt there because the virus can be so stealthy … There are no absolutes with COVID,” she said.

“But all our intelligence would suggest it’s been long enough (since) having a locally acquired case where we don’t know the source.”

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