Security guards used to monitor returned overseas tourists inside Melbourne’s Covid-19 quarantine hotels were making love with guests, resulting in Victoria’s new outbreak, it is claimed.
On Wednesday, there were 73 new cases of Covid-19 in Victoria, 20 of which had actually no determined source, the greatest daily variety of community transmission given that the start of the crisis.
Overnight, 36 suburbs across 10 towns were positioned into lockdown to stop the spread.
Premier Daniel Andrews confessed there were a “handful” of breaches amongst staff at the hotels, which he says may have resulted in the break outs.
Claims security personnel were sexually active with some of the visitors, including those in seclusion in the hotels, would form part of the examination, according to the Herald Sun.
The accusations had actually been heard among police and federal government circles, in addition to within the hotel market, the Herald Sun reported.
Andrews said DNA tests showed a variety of cases could be linked to “employee in hotel quarantine breaching widely known and well-understood infection control protocols”.
“That left me in no doubt that if not right now, however certainly back weeks and weeks back, there was a significant infection control issue,” Andrews stated.
“That is unacceptable to me. I’m sure that will be undesirable definitely to all of those who will be impacted by the restrictions that we have actually needed to reimpose.”
There are also issues that some staff regularly worked shifts at various hotels, as well as personal work outside of the quarantine hotel contract.
Victoria’s deputy chief health officer Annaliese van Diemen formerly admitted there had actually been breaches of physical-distancing steps at the Stamford Plaza hotel.
“There’s been some closer mingling than we would have liked of these guards in the work environment,” she stated.
“There’s a big cohort of security guards and employees and sadly it does appear that many of them have worked for single or multiple days whilst transmittable.”
It is also alleged security firms participated in “ghosting” – a practice that involves inflating the quantity of guards noted on duty in a quote to charge the government more for their services.
The Herald Sun declares employees with fake names were placed on the payroll, leaving hotels dangerously understaffed.
Allegations to be investigated include:
– Hotel personnel sleeping with guests.
– Guards shaking hands with each other and sharing lifts.
– Quarantined households going to other visitors within the hotel to play card games with each other.
– Restricted training being used to security personnel prior to shifts.
– Security using individual protective equipment for extended periods of time without changing it.