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Australia Gladys Berejiklian responds to Dan Andrews' claims on hotel quarantine

02:38  10 february  2021
02:38  10 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Daniel Andrews is 'pretty good at spin' after his extraordinary claim that Victoria does hotel quarantine better than New South Wales.

The Victorian premier declared there are 'higher standards' with safety procedures at Victoria's quarantine hotels - when compared with the neighbouring state.

'This is not about boasting, it's just a fact,' he said on Tuesday.

Mr Andrews made the bold assertion as he jumped to the defence of Victoria's revamped quarantine program amid fears the virus has leaked from hotels.

There have been five Covid cases across three Victorian quarantine hotels within a week, with three confirmed to be the more infectious UK strain of the virus.

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a person wearing a blue shirt: Premier Gladys Berejiklian said her Victorian counterpart is 'pretty good at spin' after he claimed his state's hotel quarantine program is better than New South Wales' © Provided by Daily Mail Premier Gladys Berejiklian said her Victorian counterpart is 'pretty good at spin' after he claimed his state's hotel quarantine program is better than New South Wales'

Ms Berejiklian told 2GB's Ben Fordham on Wednesday morning that NSW residents would not want her to 'lower myself' to Mr Andrews' statement.

The NSW premier said she is 'someone who likes to deal with the facts' after the radio host played her a snippet of Mr Andrews' comments.

She explained her state will go back to welcoming 3000 Australians each week from next week - with many of the returned travellers from other states and territories.

Ms Berejiklian admitted NSW's program was not perfect but said the state continues to do the heavy lifting for the rest of the country.

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'No system, no matter where you are, is perfect,' she said.

'You can't ensure perfection when there's thousands and thousands of people involved from police to health to border force to ADF to the cleaners to the hotel workers to the travellers themselves to the security guards.

Daniel Andrews wearing glasses: Daniel Andrews declared there are 'higher standards' with safety procedures at Victoria's quarantine hotels - when compared to NSW © Provided by Daily Mail Daniel Andrews declared there are 'higher standards' with safety procedures at Victoria's quarantine hotels - when compared to NSW

'It is a mammoth operation every single day and all I know is NSW has welcomed more than half of all the Aussies coming back home when other states have been in lockdown or refused to take people.'

Ms Berejiklian concluded with: 'That's all I'll say.'

'Is the system in NSW perfect? No and I would never boast about it.'

Fordham pressed further and asked the NSW premier how she would categorise Mr Andrews' assessment that Victoria has a more superior system.

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She replied: 'I think success is measured by how many people you are able to bring in.'

'He's [Daniel Andrews] pretty good at spin and that's all I'll say.

'People of NSW don't want me to lower myself to those types of statements.'

Victoria's quarantine program was relaunched with stronger safety measures after a deadly second wave of Covid infections claimed the lives of more than 800 people last year.

The outbreak was linked to breaches in the hotel quarantine program.

a man standing in front of a door: A hotel worker is seen at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport on Monday © Provided by Daily Mail A hotel worker is seen at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport on Monday

More Victorians have been forced into isolation and another review of the state's hotel quarantine system is underway after two new cases of COVID-19 were linked to a Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport.

A food and beverage worker and a returned traveller tested positive on Tuesday after an authorised officer working at the same hotel tested positive on Sunday.

The returned traveller had tested negative several times during her stay, which ended on Sunday. She got tested again on Monday after learning of the outbreak.

The woman did not leave home other than to get tested and only one primary close contact has been identified so far.

The food and beverage worker worked on the same floor as the returned traveller and was identified as a close contact of the positive authorised officer.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the three Holiday Inn cases were likely linked to a floor with known COVID-positive guests.

That includes a family of three, one of whom has been transferred to intensive care.

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