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The department of health is in front of senate estimates today – with quarantine the topic of the morning hearings.
Last night, estimates heard there had been 21 breaches of hotel quarantine.
Jane Halton, who (among many, many other reviews) was handed the job of reviewing Australia’s hotel quarantine system, was asked on ABC radio RN this morning how she thought quarantine was going.
She was fairly plain spoken:
Well, I’m disappointed that it certainly appears that we don’t have continual adoption of best practice right across the system. One of the things I talked about in October last year is the need to make sure best practice is adopted.
And as we’ve discussed before, this virus is not staying still waiting for us to catch up with it and get in front of it, the virus continues to change.
I’m not wedded to one particular location over another. I think the style of quarantine that we’re talking about here is what’s important. And having that as a significant component of our quarantine program is certainly desirable. And that’s what I talked about.
Certainly, that is my advice. That we should be getting on with this as a priority. Definitely.