Hotel quarantine testing must be strengthened to protect Tasmanians

Tasmanian Labor
  • Peter Gutwein must strengthen hotel quarantine testing measures
  • Those in hotel quarantine should be tested on day one and day 12
  • Peter Gutwein seems oblivious to stronger testing measures interstate
  • Peter Gutwein must strengthen COVID-19 testing measures for those in hotel quarantine to better protect Tasmanians against the virus.

    Labor Leader, Rebecca White, said in Question Time today, Peter Gutwein failed to commit to mandatory testing for everyone in hotel quarantine.

    “We have seen in Victoria the catastrophic consequences of a breakdown of hotel quarantine arrangements,” Ms White said.

    “The hotel quarantine inquiry in Victoria today revealed that 90% of cases can be traced back to one hotel so the consequences of getting this wrong can be disastrous.

    “Tasmanians have made extraordinary sacrifices to get us to the good position we are in today and they deserve the strongest possible protections in place to prevent a second wave of infection.

    “Unlike other states, Tasmania does not require everyone in hotel quarantine to be tested – either at the start or the end of their quarantine period.

    “Today in Parliament, Peter Gutwein seemed oblivious to measures introduced in other states to protect citizens, including requiring people who refuse to get tested to stay longer in hotel quarantine.

    “He was also dismissive of Labor’s calls to require everyone in hotel quarantine to be tested on day one and day 12 of hotel quarantine to give the staff working in those facilities and the community confidence the Government is doing everything possible to keep them safe.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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