The Andrews government has maintained its claim that a returning traveler has not blamed a nebulizer for the superquarantine of the hotel’s superquarantine since hospitalization with coronavirus spread event that locked Victoria

The 38-year-old man insisted that the hotel quarantine staff knew he had the device and that they had even offered to procure more of the medication the machine was administering

But Prime Minister Daniel Andrews on Saturday forwarded much of the ongoing questions on the matter to COVID-19 quarantine director Victoria Emma Cassar, and the senior officer later claimed she could not explain the opposing version of events. p>

“He’s not lying, we are not making these allegations,” she said of the returning traveler who was in intensive care. “Nobody is going to benefit from this dispute where we are constantly fighting over these issues that are so private to someone ”

But she also said she could “categorically say” that there was no evidence during an audit that the nebulizer problem was raised with the hotel quarantine health or operations team

When another case of coronavirus was announced on Saturday – a man aged 30 from the Point Cook area who was friends with a hotel quarantine employee and who was in a private restaurant at 426 Sydney Road in Coburg extended family members on Saturday evening 6 February

This event is now of particular concern for tracers to contact Another nine new exposure sites, mainly in the west and north of Melbourne, have been identified, including a gas station and several public transport routes Isolation

The number of primary close contacts for the cluster, now at 14 cases, has grown to nearly 1,000, with many of these test results coming in in the coming days

“Today is not the big day for these results, the balance will be struck between tomorrow and Monday,” said Andrews

Mr Andrews said the Victorians shouldn’t worry that the lockdown would result in a lengthy shutdown beyond the five days originally planned

He said they had received many “gratifying” negative results, including 11 employees at the Brunetti airport cafe who were feared they had been exposed to the virus through another employee

“Part of that caution, however, is the assumption that there are cases we don’t know about,” said Andrews

The Prime Minister also brushed off several questions about whether the Holiday Inn guest had been given permission to use his nebulizer

“I have no advice to make me doubt what I have been told by CQV,” said Andrews. “I don’t think I’ve said things that were inaccurate I am starting from the advice I have been given ”

The man who used the nebulizer, who has a small baby and is slowly recovering from the virus, gave him permission from the staff to use it in both the first quarantine hotel and the medi-hotel, in that he was moved

“If I had been told I couldn’t use it, I would never have used it,” he told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald on Friday, “The way it is all on the news and through the government got out made it sound like I was using it illegally, or I snuck it in or something. It was very disturbing ”

Ms. Cassar said it was her responsibility to make sure the rules for using nebulizers are clear and since then new precautions have been put in place, including airport screening

As a number of health sources told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, they were concerned that the newly launched hotel quarantine program had insufficient health literacy

Victorian Ambulance Union secretary Danny Hill said at a meeting between health unions and government officials on Friday that the Department of Health and CQV did not appear to have been cooperative enough

Mr Hill said he was shocked to find that a hotel quarantine worker had not yet been inducted into the Victorian Task Force that was set up to prevent infections from health care workers as it was a way for people to participate Problems sounding the alarm

“This group has done a tremendous amount of work that would absolutely help protect these workers,” he said

“What I took away from the discussion is that they are separated and doing their own thing … But from my point of view, the hotel quarantine should be treated as a health facility with the same standards”

When asked why hotel quarantine was not included in the health prevention task force, Andrews said hotel quarantine has its own expert panel on infection prevention and control

“There is a deputy health officer who is directly appointed and has only one role, which is to direct the public health of the CQV work

“The exchange of information goes on all the time, but they don’t rely on what is happening in hospitals or what happened in hospitals. They have their own team, they have their own focus because their surroundings are obviously unique”

An estimated 2,600 healthcare workers contacted the coronavirus during their work last year Research is currently ongoing to shed more light on what led to these infections or how they may have been prevented

AndrewHewat, Assistant Secretary of the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association, also attended the Friday meeting and is concerned about some of the discussions between the Department of Health and the CQV about what the Health Taskforce appeared to have learned about infection control Childhood

“For us, it was just a confirmation of what we feared they had not learned from the mistakes made in infection control during the second wave,” he said

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