Breaches of Australia’s quarantine system have substantially increased this year, with data showing there have been as many leaks recorded in the past three months as there were last year.
There have been up to 30 breaches – where a community case of Covid has been traced back to an infection in quarantine – since the system was established in March last year for Australian citizens and permanent residents returning home. Twenty of those occurred this year.
Experts say that the current system is “bound” to leak and that quarantining in hotels might be unsustainable in the face of more transmissible strains like Delta.
“Our quarantine system has to dramatically improve,” says Dr Driss Ait Ouakrim, an epidemiologist at the University of Melbourne.
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