Measles mishap – On Friday, the state’s health bureaucrats admitted they misled suffering Victorians with claims the latest Indian ‘Kappa’ variant of Covid – B.1.617.1 was an ‘absolute beast’ that had infected Melburnians was akin to the measles virus.
Measles, with a reproduction number of between 12 and 18, turns out to be significantly more infectious.
The wrong Woolworths – Health authorities issued a warning for the wrong suburban Woolworths after picking up traces of the virus in the Epping and Wollert area of northern Melbourne last night.
The original exposure site of Woolworths Epping on the corner of Cooper and High Streets was an ‘error’ and meant to be the Epping North supermarket.
The hotel quarantine boss who said ‘#f*ckrisk’ – Matiu Bush was stood down as Victoria’s general manager of infection prevention and control in May after it emerged they refused a Covid-19 test and failed to sanitise or properly use face masks.
Bush, who uses they and them pronouns, was reported to authorities twice over the leaked breaches, The Australian reported.
Bush had used the slogan ‘#f*ckrisk’ to show how the healthcare sector had become ‘obsessed with risk and in doing so stifled creativity’ in 2019 while running neighbourhood charity One Good Street.
The catastrophic Victorian hotel quarantine program with no-one to blame – The virus leaked out of Melbourne hotel quarantine and sparked a six-week lockdown in July, which included a night-time curfew.
The second wave of cases, made up of more than 18,000 infections, led to 768 deaths.
A taxpayer-funded inquiry into the bungled hotel quarantine program failed to find out how who was responsible for the decision to hire private security guards rather than bring in assistance from the Australian Defence Force.
‘It was a program which failed to meet its primary objective to keep us safe from the virus,’ counsel assisting Ben Ihle said during closing submissions.
In September, it emerged the budget for the inquiry had blown out to $5.7million.
The snoozing security guard – In August, ABC’s Four Corners obtained footage of a security guard asleep during a shift at a Melbourne quarantine hotel when he should have been monitoring returned travellers