Covid: Why Australia’s ‘world-class’ quarantine system has seen breaches

Australia’s hotel quarantine system has been an extremely effective first line of defence against Covid-19.

Even the most effective COVID control can have problems…

So far, more than 211,000 people have gone through this quarantine. It’s a costly but effective method that is used in only a few other nations such as New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore. But if the virus somehow escapes quarantine, the consequences can be severe. Melbourne saw this last July when a quarantined traveller infected a hotel guard, who unwittingly took the virus into the community. The resulting outbreak accounts for over 90% of Australia’s 29,000 cases and 909 deaths to date.