Australian officials launched an investigation into allegations that a new outbreak in Victoria could have been triggered by staff at a quarantined hotel for people arriving from overseas. It is alleged that they violated the rules and had sex with people who were in quarantine, reports CNN.
State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has announced that the government will provide $ 3 million to support the investigation. Earlier, he said that a number of cases in late May and early June may be associated with “violation of infection control in the hotel quarantine program”.
Anyone who arrives in Australia must undergo 14-day compulsory quarantine at facilities that are managed by the government. Only Australian citizens and permanent residents are allowed into the country, with some exceptions.
National Broadcasting Company ABC reported that 31 cases of coronavirus were associated with the Stabford Plaza Hotel in Melbourne, and other infections were related to the Rydges on Swanston Hotel, which is also located in the state capital.
“It’s clear that what’s happening here is completely unacceptable, and we need to know exactly what happened,” said Andrews.
According to 9 News, alleged violations include allegations that some workers had sex with guests in isolation, as well as a lack of training for security guards.
In recent weeks, a new outbreak of coronavirus cases has occurred in Victoria, prompting authorities to impose restrictions in parts of Melbourne. On Wednesday, the state reported 73 new cases, bringing the number of active cases to 370.
Andrews said foreign travelers would not be allowed into Melbourne over the next two weeks.
More than 60,000 Australians returned home and went through the hotel quarantine system.