‘Inadequate’ - Covid breaches on the rise in Australia’s hotel quarantine

by Josh Nicholas

11 July 2021

Experts say that the current system is “bound” to leak and that quarantining in hotels might be unsustainable in the face of more transmissible strains like Delta.

“Our quarantine system has to dramatically improve,” says Dr Driss Ait Ouakrim, an epidemiologist at the University of Melbourne.

“There’s now a large consensus [that] quarantine in hotels is an inadequate and in fact dangerous approach. It was a good quick and dirty solution in April 2020, but since then we have seen and suffered from the limitations of such a system.”

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