Australia Memo to national cabinet: here are some alternatives to hotel quarantine
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Australia needs to increase the number of international arrivals we can house in hotel quarantine. The government should not have to choose between making an allowance for aover the reported 40,000 Australians stranded overseas and migrants desperately needed for our .
Today the national cabinet will discuss “” and ways to bolster the hotel quarantine system’s security after yet another breach. A became infected with the UK variant of COVID-19. No other cases of community transmission have been recorded since he tested positive late on Wednesday.
Coronavirus lockdown prompts questions over how hotel quarantine system failed
An investigation is underway to find the weak link in WA's hotel quarantine system after a security guard tested positive to COVID-19, plunging most of the State's population into a five day lockdown.After nearly 10 months with no community cases, a security guard in his twenties contracted COVID-19 after working at Sheraton Four Points in Perth, throwing the majority of the state's population into a five-day lockdown.
So are any of the proposals expected to be discussed viable?
Toowoomba construction firm Wagners has proposed building a. Cooks, cleaners and security would live onsite, and travellers could land at Toowoomba airport.
The benefits: the first 500 beds could be ready in less than six weeks. While waiting for Commonwealth funding, the Wagner family could consider dipping into its 2018from Alan Jones.
Concerns about the spread of the virus through ventilation could be addressed with custom builds.
The drawbacks: Australia struggles to lure workers to remote locations to work under gruelling, occasionally risky, conditions on farms. Asking staff — including doctors, who would need to be nearby in case of severe COVID-19 symptoms or other illnesses — to isolate at a hotel in Toowoomba for weeks on end doesn’t sound like a lucrative recruitment offer.
Claims hotel quarantine security guards in WA are foreign students
An insider has blasted Western Australia's hotel quarantine system and accused security companies of hiring and exploiting foreign students. The source claimed guards were paid minimum wage in cash and off the books so they could work double the 20 hours allowed under their visa arrangements. It was also alleged that hotel security guards were sharing IDs so they could get away with working a second job such as driving for Uber. The insider told The West the security services in the state were run by a 'bunch of cowboys'.
Video: WA hotel quarantine to be reviewed after security contracted UK COVID-19 strain (9News.com.au)
Universities, starved of cash-laden international students, have proposed housing arrivals onsite in student accommodation.
The benefits: universities might be able to rehire some of the staff they’ve laid off, and some experts say student accommodation isto the needs of quarantined travellers.
The drawbacks: have you seen university accommodation? Regardless of COVID-19, I would insist on several deep cleans. And given that even state governments struggle, there are questions about whether universities would be capable of handling such a risky situation.
Remote quarantine centres
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has raised the possibility of using. The , a disused workers camp 25 kilometres south of the Darwin CBD, as a remote quarantine centre, housing travellers and those who can’t quarantine at home.
Investigation launched into into Melbourne quarantine hotel spread
An urgent investigation has been launched into the likely transmission of the UK coronavirus variant between residents at the Park Royal Hotel in Melbourne. The potential transmission took place is between January 20 and January 28 and involves a family of five and a woman on the same floor within the quarantine hotel."The viral load of the room of the family of five was so high that just opening the door to pick up food saw the virus travel into the corridor," head of COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria Lisa Neville Neville said.
The benefits: remote facilities mean more space with units surrounded by fresh air, reducing the risk of transmission.
The drawbacks: when Australians were evacuated from Wuhan early in the pandemic, they were sent to. This raised questions about human rights breaches, with limited medical staff and equipment initially.
It also sends a pretty poor message to remote communities that cities are happy to outsource their problems and increase access to health services when needed.
Vaccinate quarantine workers
Hotel quarantine workers are classified as critical workers and are expected to beThere have even been calls to until this takes place.
The benefit: obviously the safety of hotel quarantine workers is pretty important given they’re doing such a risky job.
The drawbacks: there’sany vaccines stop people from catching and transmitting the virus. The vaccines simply limit the chance of severe symptoms, meaning asymptomatic employees could still be the source of community spread.
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