Federal Health Minister blames Victorian quarantine debacle on Victoria’s poor contact tracing

Federal Health Minister blames Victorian quarantine debacle on Victoria’s poor contact tracing, by Olivia Casey.

Health Minister Greg Hunt has blamed Victoria’s contact tracing for the hotel quarantine saga, declaring that if its tracing had been equivalent to NSW, the debacle could have been avoided.

Mr Hunt told 3AW on Tuesday there had been a handful of comparable outbreaks in NSW, which hadn’t wreaked the same havoc because of NSW’s effective contact tracing.

“These are overwhelmingly cases that have come from Victoria that have transported across the border, unknown, seeded into the community; whether it’s a Thai Rock, whether it’s Crossroads or other cases. And then they’ve chased them down. And that’s the difference. They’ve been able to recognise, get on top early, chase them down, trace them, identify.”

Dan Andrews is copping the deserved hatefest, now that the end of the emergency is within sight.