Australia Woman allegedly tries to flee hotel quarantine by scaling building
Coronavirus infections in hotel quarantine workers makes it 'wrong time' to increase international arrivals, epidemiologist warns
Hotel quarantine workers should be at the front of the queue for vaccinations, a Melbourne epidemiologist says, and Australia should not be letting more people into the country until vaccinations are complete.Nancy Baxter, who is the head of the School of Population at the University of Melbourne, said coronavirus was becoming more infectious and a Melbourne hotel quarantine worker's positive test on the weekend was cause for concern.
A Victorian woman allegedly trying to escape quarantine clumsily climbed out her window and down the side of the hotel.
The 38-year-old was spotted clambering down an awning of the first storey of the Peppers Seaport Hotel in Launceston, in northern Tasmania, on Sunday.
She is bizarrely heard in the footage asking for help from shocked onlookers before throwing her backpack down onto the ground.
The woman then hangs from the roof of the restaurant underneath the hotel just metres away from diners.
Tasmania Police confirmed on Wednesday a woman had been charged with 'failing to obey a direction of an emergency management worker following an incident in hotel quarantine in Launceston'.
Victoria records new coronavirus case from Holiday Inn hotel quarantine
A woman who had completed 14 days of hotel quarantine at the Holiday Inn in Melbourne has tested positive to coronavirus.The woman tested negative a number of times before leaving quarantine on February 7.
She was arrested and appeared in the Launceston Magistrates Court on Tuesday, before then being sent back to Victoria.
She will appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court again on March 30.
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Another Victorian woman was fined $774 for breaching hotel quarantine in Tasmania with her daughter.
The pair arrived in Hobart on Monday night but police said they left the Ibis Hotel at 6.20pm in a taxi.
They were eventually brought back to to the hotel by police at 7.40pm.
Contact tracers are working to determine if the pair had any contact with anyone during their time away from the hotel.
Victorian travellers have been banned from entering Tasmania since last Friday when the state was thrown into a five-day lockdown.
The southern state is expected to declare Victoria low-risk from Saturday at 12.01am provided there are no new cases in the next 48 hours.
Delayed N95 mask fit-testing at Victoria's coronavirus quarantine hotels 'rings alarm bells' .
Properly fitted N95 masks are still not being rolled out to all Victorian hotel quarantine workers, 10 days after the state government pledged to do so following the COVID-19 outbreak at the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn.And workplace health and safety experts fear sub-standard N95s are already being used by some hotel employees who work with confirmed COVID-positive patients.