Australian authorities are probing alleged security lapses at Melbourne hotels used to quarantine overseas arrivals, including claims guards slept with guests, amid concerns the breaches have contributed to a resurgence of coronavirus in the nation’s second-largest city.
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Thursday he supported the judicial review into “strong claims of inappropriate behavior” by guards employed by security companies contracted by Victoria’s state government. If the allegations proved true, authorities should “throw the book” at those responsible, he said in a Sky News interview.
Among the allegations revealed by the Herald Sun newspaper are that security firms charged for shifts never worked, which led to under-staffing. The firms also allegedly allowed misuse of personal protection equipment, didn’t provide proper training on infection protocols, and allowed quarantined families to visit others.
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