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Hotel quarantine inquiry hands down interim report into bungled program

Sumary of Hotel quarantine inquiry hands down interim report into bungled program:

  • Among many recommendations, a report into Victoria disastrous hotel quarantine program reveals the whopping cost of the scheme..
  • After months of investigation, the 84-page hotel quarantine inquiry document released on Friday afternoon also recommended electronic monitoring of international travellers, with the “electronic file”.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services spent approximately $51.288 million, and the Department of Justice and Community Safety spent about $10.90 million..
  • Amid recommendations into a future hotel quarantine program, the report outlined a home-based quarantine model as well, sparking concern the cost of a second scheme could blow out even more..
  • The home-based system would be for low-risk travellers, while quarantine in hotels would be reserved for those considered at high-risk of transmitting COVID-19..
  • Among the report 69 key recommendations to the state government to avoid the next hotel quarantine program causing another deadly coronavirus wave was a 24 hour police presence..
  • “The chief commissioner of police be requested to provide a 24/7 police presence on site at each quarantine facility,”.
  • It was also recommended the state government ensure a contact tracing unit is on site at the relevant hotels at all times, along with cleaners..
  • The report stipulated a 14-day period in quarantine was “appropriate”, while any decision to cohort known positive cases at a particular quarantine facility should “only occur after proper consultation with the appropriate experts”..
  • “The facility should be operated with the presumption that those in quarantine are potentially infected until it is known that they are not infected,”.
  • Camera IconThe hotel quarantine inquiry has recommended cleaners be on site 24 hours after discarded PPE and children toys were found inside rooms in the last program..
  • Supplied All people in quarantine, whether facility or home-based, should be tested on such days as directed by the chief health officer or their delegate, regardless of reported symptoms, the report also highlighted..
  • The hotel quarantine inquiry recommended personnel overseeing hotel quarantine onsite have experience in the overall management of “complex healthcare facilities”..
  • The report also allowed future people staying in hotel quarantine to have fresh air breaks, contrary to travellers being denied this in the past program..
  • “The quarantine governing body ensures the ability to provide daily fresh air and exercise breaks for people placed in quarantine facilities is factored into not only the physical layout but also the staffing of the facility to ensure there is provision for safe, daily opportunity for people in quarantine facilities to have access to fresh air and exercise breaks,”.
  • It was also recommended site managers arrange standard daily health and welfare checks on people in quarantine following reports from the past scheme that travellers locked in their rooms were suicidal..
  • Camera IconHugh de Kretser, a returned traveller who was quarantined at the Rydges Hotel in Melbourne, found discarded PPE in his room..
  • Supplied But the report failed to mention a single detail about the failure to deploy Australian Defence Force personnel to oversee the hotel quarantine program..
  • Camera IconOpposition leader Michael O’Brien says the interim hotel quarantine report findings are “deeply disappointing”..
  • “While we wait for the final report that is due to be handed to the Governor by 21 December, the Government is grateful to former Justice Coate for providing her recommendations about options for a future model of quarantine,”…

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