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Australia news live: Victoria reports no new Covid cases as national cabinet to consider raising international flight caps



Quarantine worker who yesterday tested positive confirmed to have UK variant; federal government in talks on regional quarantine facilityGet guards out of corridors at quarantine hotels and get fresh air and CCTV in – expertsAustralia’s state by state Covid restrictions and coronavirus lockdown rules explainedNick Scali CEO to get $4.4m dividend after company received jobkeeper payments 2.45am GMT Chief health officer Prof Paul Kelly has given an update on the Covid responses discussed in the national cabinet, saying that with hotel quarantine, although “top class”, there’s always a chance of “human error”.There is absolutely a need to continually improve the quality of our quarantine. It is already really top class. We’ve seen only a small number of incursions from quarantine, and we need to understand these are complex systems with humans, and there is always an opportunity or a chance of human error. There is also chance issues like two doors opening across a corridor, as has seemed to have occurred in the Victorian situation. So we do need to continue to look at these things. At the national cabinet, I think it was a month ago, I think it might have been earlier, a set of general principles were agreed. We can look at those again to make sure all of those things are being done. 2.39am GMT The PM has stressed that hotel quarantine remains the “primary system” of running quarantine in Australia, but announced an expansion of the capacity at particular facilities, including Howard Springs: But hotel quarantine is the primary, and remains the primary, system for running quarantine in this country. It has been incredibly effective, as I said to you yesterday. Over 211,000 people have gone through that process, and the number of breaches we’ve had – albeit, when they do occur, they’re serious – is incredibly small in comparison to that large volume.We are looking to expand the capacity further of Howard Springs. Already expanding it to 850, and potentially well beyond that, which would involve a more than doubling of that capacity … We will also continue to assess the proposal in relation to Toowoomba. But we are still seeking a lot more information on that proposal, and the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has pulled together the various agency that is need to assess that proposal. Continue reading…



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Australia news live: Victoria reports no new Covid cases as national cabinet to consider raising international flight caps
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