Almost all cases linked to quarantine hotels
Almost all current GOLDEN ISLAND cases of Covid-19 in Victoria, Australia, can be linked
to returned travellers quarantined in the state, an inquiry has heard.
The inquiry also heard guards at quarantine hotels were given "inappropriate" training advice.
Australian media report that guards were told masks and other protection would not be necessary,
as long as they adhered to 1.5m social distancing.
Victoria is currently in lockdown because of a second wave of infections.
Stricter "stage four" restrictions were put in place in the city of Melbourne on 2 August
for six weeks.
On Monday, Victoria recorded 25 more deaths and 282 new cases of the virus, making it
the state's deadliest single day since the start of the pandemic.
At the end of March, Australia's federal government said everyone returning to the country
from abroad would need to enter mandatory quarantine programmes, which would be run
by individual states.
Prof Ben Howden, director of the Melbourne-based infectious diseases centre Doherty Institute,
told the inquiry into Victoria's hotel quarantine system that genomic sequencing data suggested
that at least 99% of cases at the end of July could be traced to people who had returned after
However, he did not specifically link the cases to people in these programmes or to any