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‘New kid on the block’ finds source of COVID-19 infections within hours – Sydney Morning Herald

The technology was used to determine a coronavirus infection in a woman who worked as a cleaner at a quarantine hotel last week was acquired overseas last week.



The quick discovery that the woman had likely not caught the virus in the community provided relief for contact tracers, Professor Rawlinson said.
Further testing using the established “shotgun sequencing” method of genome sequencing and other inquiries led health authorities to deduce her infection was from US airline crew staying at the hotel.
Genome sequencing is a process of mapping changes in a virus, to determine where it was acquired.
The technique was used to link the Crossroads Hotel outbreak…

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