Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria records 14 deaths and 372 new Covid cases as NSW awaits Ruby Princess report

By Amy Remeikis

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The Age has reported this morning that the first known infected worker at the infamous Rydges Hotel quarantine program, was not in fact a security guard, but a hotel night duty manager.

The article reads:

Leaked emails show the night manager reported on Monday, 25 May, that he had come down with a fever, and late on the afternoon of the following day Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions officials were told the hotel employee had tested positive. It is presumed he caught it from a returned traveller, who has not been identified...

It is not known how the hotel’s night duty manager became infected and there is no suggestion it was through any improper behaviour. Records show he displayed no symptoms on his previous overnight shift on 23 May and had registered a normal body temperature before starting work on that date.

The Rydges on Swanston hotel in Melbourne.

The Rydges on Swanston hotel in Melbourne. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

The article goes on to suggest that a number of security guards were then tested and found to be positive, although not before they spread the virus to family members.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has faced constant scrutiny over the hotel quarantine program after genomic testing revealed that a large proportion of Melbourne’s second wave cases stemmed from breaches of quarantine protocol at hotels.

If the Age’s report is correct this could go some way to ease accusation of government mismanagement, but this report doesn’t account for a possible hotel quarantine breach at the Stamford Plaza hotel shortly after.

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