COVID-19

Shock number of hotel quarantine breaches revealed

Serious incidents allegedly committed inside the program include assaults by staff or residents, attempted or actual external breach of hotel quarantine, and possession of prohibited items. The figures, obtained by the Liberal Nationals under Freedom of Information negotiations, reveal there have been more than 3000 recorded incidents to June 30, since the revamped Covid-19 quarantine program was launched in November last year.Of the 3000 incidents, 2066 were considered serious breaches that required immediate escalation within 30 minutes for urgent notification and remediation.The remaining 976 incidents have been classified as reportable incidents and include abuse to staff, assaults or threats made by a resident, injuries to residents and damage to hotel property or equipment.Opposition police and crime prevention spokesman David Southwick said Labor hadn’t learnt the lessons of its “catastrophic” hotel quarantine program that sparked the deadly second wave.Mr Southwick said Premier Daniel Andrews had “no plan” to plug the gaps in his “failed quarantine program”.“With more than one breach every two hours, it’s clear Labor’s quarantine program is a Covid ticking time bomb,” he said.“How many resets, relaunches and new ministers will it take before Daniel Andrews finally gets a safe, effective quarantine program up and running?“Daniel Andrews has no plan to bring Victorians home safely and keep our state open – just a plan for more lockdowns and tighter restrictions.”

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