Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was nowhere to be seen yesterday after concerns emerged regarding a gap in the containment ring around Melbourne’s latest coronavirus outbreak.
When he fronted the media today, Mr Andrews faced a grilling about a series of damning revelations relating to the state’s infection control management and hotel quarantine.
Over the weekend it was revealed that a large group of individuals were potentially exposed to the mutant UK strain after a female quarantine worker attended a family event in Melbourne’s inner north on February 6.
Investigators initially ruled it out as an exposure site after the worker tested negative the following day, on February 7 – but when a guest later returned a positive result, authorities looked into the woman’s result and found it was actually a “weak positive”.
That means the 38 guests at the gathering were able to venture out in public for a week before the danger was discovered.