Victoria records 240 COVID-19 cases, hotel quarantine inquiry resumes, Scott Morrison confirms Oxford vaccine won’t be compulsory, Australia death toll at 463

Victoria records 240 COVID-19 cases, hotel quarantine inquiry resumes, Scott Morrison confirms Oxford vaccine won’t be compulsory, Australia death toll at 463

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He has started his evidence today by saying his family was only given the chance to enjoy fresh air on days 12 and 13 of their stay.

“We were confined in our room for essentially 12 days straight before receiving about 15 minutes on the open top level of the hotel,” Mr de Kretser said.

Mr de Kretser told Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry that while his family the fact his son’s asthma was exacerbated by his family only receiving 10 minutes of fresh air on day 12 of their stay, he had greater concerns for other more vulnerable people.

“The two things that concerned me most were the cleanliness of the room and the infection control procedures … and the welfare issues around the fresh air and exercise breaks,” said Mr de Kretser, who stayed at the Rydges on Swanston hotel.

“As a human rights lawyer, I’m particularly concerned for those people in vulnerable situations.”
He said he was worried for people experiencing mental health issues with backgrounds of trauma, family violence and sexual assault, along with people with disabilities.