The quarantine hotel system has proven to be less-than-airtight as a cluster at the Holiday Inn, Airport, in Melbourne grows to eight and experts are pushing for stronger protection for staff.
Essential Travellers or those with an exemption, like a returning SA resident, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and be tested on days 1, 5, and 12; while all others will be prohibited from entering the state.
Eight cases are so far part of the cluster in question at the Airport Holiday Inn, about which SA Chief Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said she was “very concerned”.
Anyone at the hotel on or after Wednesday January 27 is considered a close contact and must also self-quarantine and be tested.
It comes as experts urged quarantine hotels to get outfitted for personal protective equipment (PPE) on par with staff at high-risk COVID hospital wards, as overseas variants of the virus continue to leak into Australia via the accommodation.
While Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told the media on