Western Australia’s top doctor has taken aim at the state’s “hopeless” quarantine system after a security guard contracted COVID-19 and inadvertently infected two of his housemates, including a delivery driver.
Australian Medical Association WA president Andrew Miller said he did not have confidence in the system and has also labelled the Federal Government’s move to deny stranded Australians the right to return home from India as “absolutely unacceptable”.
Contact tracers are yet to reveal how the worker contracted the virus, but so far Perth has avoided another snap lockdown. Dr Miller said it was time for an overhaul of the State’s system.
“We have shown it travels down hallways a lot further than 1.5m, and surgical masks are inadequate for workers and guests who might be near people who are COVID positive,” he told the Today show.
“We have to be thinking about the future and how we can prevent airborne disease spreading around as easily as it does now.
“We only have 30 positive cases in our system out of 2100, and that has been enough to cause the whole thing to shut down, and we can’t have people coming back from India which is a complete disgrace…