Health officials demand quarantine shift from hotels

Public Health Association of Australia president Tarun Weeramanthri has urged the national cabinet to end the ‘political blame game’ over hotel quarantine and address deficiencies with the system. He says airborne transmission of COVID-19 in hotels with inadequate ventilation is the single biggest risk in terms of the virus spreading:

Weeramanthri said this Friday’s national cabinet meeting was likely to be a “watershed” moment for the future of the quarantine system and urged for an end to the political blame game that has so far characterised the quarantine debate.

“If we don’t do it now we’ll be back here in one month, in three months, in six months,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

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