Pressure on Victoria After Quarantine Failure

July 3, 2020 Updated: July 3, 2020

As swathes of Melbourne enter a third day of new coronavirus lockdowns, the Victorian government is under pressure over the faulty hotel quarantine program.

Premier Daniel Andrews on July 3 took responsibility for the infection protocol breaches in hotels hosting returned travellers.

Victoria recorded another 66 coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the state’s total active cases to 442 with most in Melbourne’s northwest corridor.

It was the only state in the country to record fresh cases, with the federal government voicing concern about Victoria’s impact on the national economy.

Twenty-three people with the virus are in hospital including six in intensive care.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos revealed a “super spreader” is potentially behind the spread of the virus through Melbourne’s lockdown suburbs, but this is yet to be confirmed.

The Victorian opposition has called the hotel quarantine program “a complete disaster” and a failure of government.

The peak body for hotels has rejected criticism for any wrongdoing in the quarantine program, saying the hotels involved had been turned over to the government and did not deserve blame.

Andrews has warned other Melbourne suburbs could also be locked down if infections continue to rise.

Andi Yu in Melbourne