COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria infection control manager stood down after allegedly breaching protocols

The general manager of infection control at the agency running Victoria’s hotel quarantine program has been stood down after allegedly breaching their own protocols twice in the past two months.

Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson said he became aware of the reports last night and had stood aside COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria’s (CQV) general manager of infection prevention and control, Matiu Bush, pending a review into their conduct and behaviour.

“This issue with [Matiu] Bush goes more to [their] attitude and behaviour: there were infection control breaches, but they were of a very low level,” Mr Pearson said.

“Public confidence is paramount, and I don’t think the public would want to see someone in a senior leadership role continue to behave in this way, that’s why [they have] been stood down.”

The head of CQV, Emma Cassar, said the breaches were minor but disappointing.

She said the first incident involved Matiu Bush refusing to get tested at one quarantine hotel after a request by ADF personnel, but they were eventually tested at another site.

“[They] still met the requirement to have a daily test … but my understanding is the staff member did make comments about the fact [they] didn’t need to be tested at that site,” Ms Cassar said.

“We expect the highest standards from our staff, and this has fallen well short of that.”

Another incident involved the infection control manager getting a coffee from a coffee shop and coming back to a quarantine hotel without changing their mask or sanitising.

The leaked incident reports detailing the breaches were published in The Australian newspaper, which also published an internal report contradicting claims by the government that an outbreak at the Holiday Inn quarantine hotel in February was caused by a banned nebuliser.

Instead, the CQV infection control report said the “proposed working hypothesis” was that the leak was caused by a staff member who took an extended amount of time to swab a guest.

Ms Cassar on Wednesday said that was not her understanding.

“The working hypothesis is still as I understand, is that this was caused by the nebuliser,” she said.

The Victorian Opposition has called for all of the incident reports to be released to the public and said the state government had not learnt the lessons from previous hotel quarantine leaks.

“This is an outbreak waiting to happen, this is a lockdown waiting to happen, because the government hasn’t learnt the lessons and they still can’t get it right,” Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien said.

Victoria recorded no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Wednesday for the 68th day in a row.

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Protocols are wrong if Pulu hit judged the same as genuine coathanger

1. Toni Pulu’s red card was too harsh

If Toni Pulu had truly made forceful and malicious contact with Irae Simeone’s head, the Brumbies No.12 would have required an HIA and turned down Pulu’s on-field apology. Neither occurred. Rugby must now be in danger of mistaking foul play with a split-second error of judgment or a momentary lapse of technique. Players know what dirty play is, and Pulu’s high contact did not fit that description. It is not the referees’ fault, but they have been assigned the roles of judge and jury, both of which they must execute in real time. By all means show Pulu a yellow card and put him on report, NRL style, but show him a red card (and subsequent ban) for getting caught too upright with two teammates in front of him tackling low? Nic Berry is a top referee and he followed the protocols, but what does it say about the protocols if Pulu gets the same colour of card as someone who carries out a genuine coathanger?

2. Tom Robertson is Australia’s form No.1

Left out of Dave Rennie’s first training squad, it would be a major surprise if the Force loosehead isn’t strongly coming into contention for the “proper” squad against France. Rarely do you see Brumbies captain Allan Alaalatoa struggle at scrum time in the way he did against Robertson in Canberra on Saturday. These days, looseheads are often tall as well as big, but Robertson is like the European model, stockier and low to the ground. His form over recent weeks has been very strong: combative around the paddock and always looking for that momentum-shifting shot on his rivals. He’s in career-best form and, although he has been a big loss for the Waratahs, the certainty of a starting spot at the Force has brought the best out of him.

Tom Robertson scores against the Waratahs in April.

Tom Robertson scores against the Waratahs in April.Credit:Getty

3. Why the Force are now a problem for other sides

If Andrew Forrest really does invest in Rugby Australia, the potential for conflict will be enormous and may raise some eyebrows at rival Super Rugby clubs. But they already have an issue in the west, because the Force are clearly so well drilled and cohesive that they will be a real option for players coming back from overseas for a tilt at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The Brumbies struggled to break them down in Canberra, and the Force’s composure on defence was outstanding. That’s a sign of a well-coached side and overseas-based players will take note of it, knowing their Wallabies ambitions are best served by playing under a coaching set-up that will improve them as players. Izack Rodda has already signed on for next year, and you have to expect that the Force will compete for any player who comes onto the market.

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Big loss … Folau Fainga’a is tackled in the semi-final win over the Force.Credit:Getty

4. Brumbies lose the injury battle

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NRL’s medical advisory panel to consider tighter protocols for bringing players from field for head injury assessments after criticism over Melbourne Storm incident with Harry Grant

But the Storm were incensed with criticism of their handling of Grant. While he welcomed a review from the governing body, Melbourne head of football Frank Ponissi said he was left frustrated by the discussions that followed.

“There were two things that annoyed us – questioning [the Storm’s] integrity and questioning the integrity of the doctor,” Ponissi said. “He’s been with us for seven years … he is very comfortable in what he did he followed all the correct protocols and we stand behind our doctor.”

Ponissi said he was disappointed by suggestions the Storm had left players on the field for an advantage.

“There is no way in the world we would put any of our players under any type of jeopardy regarding their well-being just to win a game of football in round six,” he said. “That’s a bit of a kick in the guts, it’s pretty disappointing. You just wouldn’t do it. It’s 2021. We live in a different world and people are kidding themselves.”

Category-one concussion symptoms currently include loss of balance, no protective action upon falling, confusion and/or disorientation and motor incoordination, all of which deem a player immediately ruled out of a match.

But it is how other players are left on the field for several minutes before eventually having to undergo an assessment within a 15-minute timeframe that has baffled some fans.

Speaking on The Footy Show, NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler urged the NRL to implement a communication system between a club’s trainer, who undertakes the on-field assessment, and club doctor watching video on the sideline.

“The trainer is not actually qualified to test someone to see if they’re concussed,” Fittler said. “One of the problems is the trainer can’t communicate with the doctor who is on the sideline.

“One way to quicken that process up is to give the trainer some ears so he can communicate to the doctor on the sideline and I’m sure the league will have a look at that [Grant situation].

“That [communication system] seems an absolute given to speed the process up and then start looking at clubs who are making a fool of the system. I think what those players have shown is you can take a knock and do some brilliant stuff under pressure. [But] there’s a lot of grey area.”


Sixty per cent of players who have been taken from the field in the first five rounds this year have not been cleared to return, a huge increase on 25 per cent over the same period last year. It shows clubs are taking a more cautious approach to handling players who have suffered head knocks.

The NRL proposed a $20,000 fine for the Bulldogs in a breach notice handed to the club last week over their failure to immediately remove Lachlan Lewis from the field after he showed signs of motor incoordination in the Good Friday clash against the Rabbitohs.

Canterbury will appeal the severity of the fine.

The concussion issue has been even more glaring for the NRL this year after Roosters co-captain Jake Friend announced his retirement earlier this month after suffering three brain injuries in his last six games.

Boyd Cordner won’t return until round 13 at the earliest on a staged return to play after multiple head knocks last year, including in the Origin series opener.

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NRL news: The Bulldogs face a $20,000 fine for not following strict concussion protocols

Canterbury will be fined $20,000 if they can’t explain why playmaker Lachlan Lewis wasn’t removed from the field after a head knock in Round 4 went untreated for two minutes before he was eventually ruled out of the game.

The Bulldogs were issued with a breach notice from the NRL on Thursday after an investigation in to the incident in which Lewis copped a knock to the head while attempting to tackle South Sydney winger Josh Mansour.

Lewis fell to the ground and then struggled to stay on his feet once he made his way up off the turf.

He had to be helped by Rabbitohs players before a Bulldogs trainer came over for a closer look.

Despite the clear protocols around concussion, Lewis remained on the field for two minutes before a club trainer came back on to the field to take the five-eighth off for a Head Injury Assessment.

Lewis failed his HIA test and was ruled him out for the remainder of the match.

In a statement on Thursday the NRL said the rules on concussion were clear and the Bulldogs needed to explain what had happened.

“Under NRL rules, any player who exhibits clear signs of motor incoordination or possible motor incoordination must be removed from the field immediately,” the statement said.

“The NRL acknowledges the Bulldogs did view Injury Surveillance screen replays and removed Lewis from the field within two minutes of further elapsed game time.

“When considering the proposed penalty, the NRL has taken into account the club’s compliance to this part of the policy and that Lewis did not remain on the field for any tactical purpose.

“The NRL reminds clubs that all officials and coaching staff, beyond club doctors and trainers, have a responsibility to be alert to player reactions after head knocks during a game.

The Bulldogs have five business days to respond to the breach notice.

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Capitol police officer suspended after infamous anti-Semitic PROTOCOLS OF ZION found near work area — RT USA News

An officer with the US Capitol Police was placed on leave after a congressional aide spotted a notorious anti-Jewish tract sitting out in the open near his workspace on Capitol Hill, prompting an internal probe.

A House staffer noticed a printed copy of the ‘Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion’ laying on a desk near an entrance of the Longworth House Office Building on Sunday night, snapping a photo of the find before passing it to the Washington Post, which was first to report the story. The Post then submitted the image to the Capitol Police, which vowed to investigate. 

“We take all allegations of inappropriate behavior seriously,” Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a statement. 

Once this matter was brought to my attention, I immediately ordered the officer to be suspended until the Office of Professional Responsibility can thoroughly investigate.

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It remains unclear who originally brought the document into the building, however, or whether it belonged to the suspended officer, who worked at a security checkpoint not far from where the tract was found. He is the seventh police officer to be placed on leave since the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, which saw a crowd of Trump supporters force entry into the halls of Congress as lawmakers met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential race. In total, 35 other officers are under investigation for their actions amid the unrest, as some were seen taking selfies with rioters, while others allegedly allowed them inside the building.

The unbound document appears to have been printed page-by-page and is dated January 2019, the Post reported, noting it was likely downloaded from the website of the Bible Believers Church, a group based in Australia known for distributing anti-Semitic texts, such as the ‘Protocols’ and Henry Ford’s ‘The International Jew.’

The ‘Protocols’ doc is believed to have originated in the Russian Empire in the early 20th century and describes an alleged Jewish plot for world domination. It is now widely regarded as a forgery, plagiarized and doctored from a number of earlier texts, but has nonetheless been translated into several languages and distributed widely around the world since it first emerged. 

The FBI came under fire last summer after the Bureau’s “Records Vault” Twitter handle shared a copy of the ‘Protocols’ without context, with some critics taking the post as an endorsement of the intensely anti-Semitic pamphlet. The FBI later clarified that the text was unwittingly shared “via an automated process,” adding “we regret that this release may have inadvertently caused distress among the communities we serve.”

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Player push for objective concussion assessment to support protocols

The Players’ Association want to ensure players remain willing to report the effects of head knocks under the new, mandatory sidelining rules, as they have made significant progress in educating players in this area in recent years, and ensure rehabilitation from head knocks starts soon after each incident.

The Players’ Association believes the introduction of objective assessment tools relating to concussion would help clubs explain to players why they are being sidelined after a head knock, with players likely to miss more games in 2021 under the new rules.

Essendon’s Andrew McGrath has been ruled out of the club’s pre-season practice match against Carlton next week, after being concussed at training this week, while North Melbourne’s Ben Cunnington and Giants skipper Stephen Coniglio have been on light duties at training this week after being concussed in an intra-club hit-out.

The AFL said it was continuing to make advancements in managing concussion in the game, with the decision to double the time a player is sidelined considered a step forward as it strengthens match-day protocols and works on amending the laws of the game to discourage high contact.

The AFL has revised head injury assessment forms, increased monitoring through technology embedded in the ARC to identify potential incidents, and assembled a panel to assess complicated cases, saying their work was “a reflection of the AFL’s ongoing commitment to the health and safety of all players”.

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The Hanau Protocols: Aftermath of a Deadly Racist Attack

The storefront on Krämerstrasse where the families meet in Hanau.

The storefront on Krämerstrasse where the families meet in Hanau.

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† Nesar Hashemi, 21

Brother Etris, 24

Mother Najiba, 45

Sister Saida, 25

Father Mir Salam, 57

† Ferhat Unvar: T-shirt

† Ferhat Unvar: T-shirt

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† Vili-Viorel Păun, 22

Father Niculescu, 45

Mother Iulia, 42

† Kaloyan Velkov, 33

Cousin Vaska Zlateva, 35

† Hamza Kurtović, 22

Sister Ajla, 25

Father Armin, 46

Mother Dijana, 47

† Mercedes Kierpacz, 35

Son Colorado, 17

Mother Sophia, 60

Father Filip Goman, 57

† Ferhat Unvar, 24

Brother Mirza, 8

At the cemetery

At the cemetery

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† Sedat Gürbüz: Towel

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† Sedat Gürbüz, 29

Father Salahettin, 56

Mother Emiş, 51

† Gökhan Gültekin, 37

Nephew Mert, 26

Mother Hüsna, 67

Brother Çetin, 46

† Fatih Saraçoǧlu: Handwerkerhandschuhe

† Fatih Saraçoǧlu: Handwerkerhandschuhe

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† Fatih Saraçoǧlu, 34

Girlfriend Diana Sokoli, 33

Piter Minnemann

Piter Minnemann

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Piter Minnemann, Kim Schröder with Dario, Muhammed Beyazkendir

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† Vili-Viorel Păun: Amulet

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Questions over hotel quarantine as calls made for national protocols

And Wagner says it would be safer than CBD hotels, which are under fresh scrutiny this week after two hotel workers – one in Melbourne, one in Perth – almost certainly contracted the virus from airborne transmission, triggering a snap lockdown in the West Australian capital and tighter community restrictions in Melbourne.

Victorian health authorities have also been alarmed by a case of a returned passenger who picked up the virus from an infected family of five staying on the same floor at the Park Royal hotel, despite the parties having had no physical interaction.

Epidemiologist Professor Michael Toole from Melbourne’s Burnet Institute says these and numerous overseas examples point to the unequivocal risk of airborne transmission, which Australia’s peak infection control expert group has been slow to highlight.

Wagner Corporation chairman John Wagner wants to construct a 1000-bed quarantine facility in Toowoomba.Credit:Australian Financial Review

The AMA’s Western Australian president Dr Andrew Miller is among the most forceful critics of the existing system, branding hotel quarantine “an oxymoron”.

Hotel systems are generally not designed to generate the kind of airflow turnover needed to minimise the risk of aerosol transmission, he says, especially in the face of the threat posed by the new, more highly infectious virus strains coming out of Britain, South Africa and Brazil.

“We have gone down the path of least resistance because there is great cost and inconvenience in dealing with an airborne threat” Miller argues. “However that is demonstrably less than the cost and inconvenience of repeated instances of quarantine breach, cross-infection and lockdown.”

He believes developing more quarantine facilities at “greenfield sites” must be on the agenda, but in the interim “the stepping stone to greenfield sites is to immediately upgrade the airflow within the [existing] facilities, and the way they are administered”.

Sydney-based epidemiologist Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, who sits on a World Health Organisation advisory panel, is equally perturbed. “It’s not always easy to change a hotel ventilation system” she says. “They often can’t maximise airflow change with an industrial unit that’s designed for a lower rate of airflow change [than a hospital]“though older hospitals too can have ventilation problems.

She says any facility being used for quarantine should have at least 10 airflow changes an hour, and would also prefer to see them located in regional areas or on the edges of CBDs.

McLaws points to Howard Springs outside Darwin, a former labour camp currently co-funded by the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory to provide up to 850 quarantine places a fortnight, as ideal. It has single-storey rooms with verandahs and open-air walkways, and proximity to top-class medical facilities.

Following Friday’s national cabinet meeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled plans to more than double Howard Springs’ capacity, but reiterated that hotel quarantine would remain the primary mode of dealing with returning travellers.

The remote Howard Springs quarantine facility outside Darwin.

The remote Howard Springs quarantine facility outside Darwin.Credit:Louise Radcliffe-Smith

The hotel quarantine system, he declared, had been “incredibly effective”, processing more than 210,000 international returnees with only a “handful of cases that haven’t been completely contained”. He also left the gate open to the Toowoomba option – albeit warning “there is a lot more information we are going to need” – and flagged the possibility of home quarantine down the track depending on a successful vaccine rollout.

Toole is not optimistic that large-scale alternatives to hotels are possible, “but I think every option now needs to be examined”.

“Border health security is our number one priority to keep the virus out until we are vaccinated. You have to throw resources at it. I’m annoyed to see in Perth that a security guard wasn’t being paid enough to make a living and had to have a second job – why aren’t we paying these people decent salaries? It’s a drop in the bucket in terms of resources.”

Jane Halton, one of the country’s foremost experts on quarantine who completed a report on the topic for national cabinet last year, told the Herald and The Age that “the quarantine system has to continue to evolve – the pandemic is not static and neither can quarantine be. We are learning as we go, in terms of what works and what some of the risks are, so we have to take steps to mitigate those as we understand them better.”

Jane Halton said the quarantine system was generally working well but needed to continue to evolve.

Jane Halton said the quarantine system was generally working well but needed to continue to evolve.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

But she believes the hotel quarantine system is generally working well. Now chair of the global Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI), Halton says a “broad question” remains over how to ensure best practice is well-coordinated among the states and territories.

And she cautions that any facility outside a major capital needs close proximity to a major transport hub and acute-care facilities, with access to an expert workforce large enough to be rotated.

This week’s shocks have laid bare the fact that some states have been slow to shore up their defences against the virus. It has also highlighted the strikingly different policies on whether ancillary staff working in quarantine hotels should be allowed to hold down additional jobs.

In NSW, for instance, the government sees no need to ban secondary employment among hotel quarantine workers. State Health Minister Brad Hazzard argues that “in the real world, people including security guards and cleaners have lives. They go home to their families, they see their friends and if you tried to stop them living those lives, you wouldn’t have people doing the job.”

He says the state has progressively adopted “additional checks and balances, the most significant of which is the daily saliva test for every staff member working in hotel quarantine”.

National cabinet agreed on January 8 that any worker involved in quarantine should have daily COVID-19 tests. However Toole points out that while this was adopted in NSW on January 17, it didn’t get implemented in WA until January 29, too late for the Perth security guard’s infection to be promptly picked up.

Scott Morrison is sticking with hotel quarantine despite the virus leaks.

Scott Morrison is sticking with hotel quarantine despite the virus leaks.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

The WA government says it’s now “working with hotel and security companies to negotiate an arrangement that prevents staff from having secondary employment”. It’s also testing workers for the virus daily, and requiring mask-wearing by guards in hotel corridors – which was not the case prior to this week’s reported infection in the security guard.

South Australia is running five ‘medi-hotels’ for returning travellers and, from Monday, its workers too will have daily saliva tests as well as a weekly nasal swab, but staff will continue to be allowed a second job outside hotel quarantine.

Queensland also allows hotel staff or contractors to have multiple jobs or work across multiple sites with the same employer, justified on the basis that restricting these opportunities would “have significant financial impacts”.

Victoria, seared by its harsh lockdown for 3½ months last year triggered by breaches of security at quarantine hotels, has the toughest regime. It has set up a dedicated agency, COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV), to run the system, which directly contracts ancillary workers who are banned from holding down secondary jobs.

Queensland and WA are keenest among the states to explore alternatives to quarantine in big city hotels, with WA pushing Christmas Island as one option (firmly rejected by Morrison), while the Toowoomba option holds appeal for Queensland.

But in NSW, Hazzard remains adamant that it would be impractical – indeed, downright “disadvantageous” – “for us to be considering moving our public health hotels out of the Sydney regional area”, not least because of the sheer size of the NSW quarantine workforce (3500 people daily).

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews said this week he was “always happy to sit down with the Prime Minister and see if there are some bespoke facilities that can be built” but warned “staff have lives … you can put a quarantine facility 50 kilometres from where we are standing, or 500 kilometres, but there will be people there too and the virus spreads”.

The fresh spotlight on hotel quarantine has renewed criticisms that the Morrison government has largely absented itself from the quarantine task. Labor has branded Morrison “hands-off Harry” for not picking up what it says is the Commonwealth’s primary constitutional responsibility for quarantine. How well-founded is that line of attack?

Sydney University constitutional law expert Professor Anne Twomey writes in a forthcoming article for the Australian Law Journal that “it appears that the Commonwealth Government took the view that it did not have the capacity or competence to be able to establish and run [compulsory hotel quarantine]. Instead it took the easier path of leaving it to the states to take up the financial and logistical burden of establishing an entire system from scratch within 48 hours [last March].”

Twomey says while section 51 (ix) of the Constitution does vest quarantine power in the Commonwealth it is not an exclusive power, and the states’ public health safeguards operate alongside it. While the Commonwealth could have chosen to exclude state law under section 109, it had not done so.

In past decades, she writes, the federal government had gradually taken over quarantine stations from the states but closed them after successful immunisation campaigns, particularly against smallpox. The resulting lack of large-scale quarantine capability in capital cities [with the exception of Howard Springs] has left Australia “ill-equipped to deal with a major pandemic”, Twomey concludes.

Melbourne University Professor Cheryl Saunders, also a constitutional expert, notes that “usually the Commonwealth exercises its concurrent powers – often quite aggressively”. But in this case, the federal government held back, in recognition of the fact that “it doesn’t have the personnel, it doesn’t have the presence on the ground, it doesn’t know the local scene as deeply as a state or territory government does”.

Last year’s probe into Victoria’s hotel quarantine failures by jurist Jennifer Coate noted there had been an opportunity for the Commonwealth to come up with a national quarantine scheme immediately after 2009, when it reviewed the country’s response to the H1N1 flu pandemic.

People associated with the Australian Open line up at a testing facility at the View Hotel in Melbourne.

People associated with the Australian Open line up at a testing facility at the View Hotel in Melbourne. Credit:Getty

That review had recommended that “the roles and responsibilities of all governments for the management of people in quarantine … during a pandemic should be clarified”, with a set of “nationally consistent principles” to be drawn up. But that was never acted upon.

Toole and McLaws both believe the federal government should be exercising firmer leadership over how hotel quarantine is run.

Asked how national standards were currently being co-ordinated, the federal health department cited a “Statement on national hotel quarantine principles” adopted by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) – the body that brings together all federal, state and territory chief health officers – published on Christmas Eve.

But those who want to see the Commonwealth step up further say the AHPPC is already over-burdened and the December statement is not prescriptive enough, particularly on the risks of aerosol transmission.

McLaws calls for more stringent adoption of best practice around the country, including eye protection and enhanced PPE for hotel quarantine workers, and the use of CCTV instead of personnel keeping watch in corridors.

Toole says it’s now up to the federal government to “do everything in their power – and that power is considerable – to ensure that there is a national standard that is being implemented by every state”.

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Report: Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, Paul George clear health protocols

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January 29, 2021

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George cleared league health and safety protocols and can play Friday night when the Los Angeles Clippers meet the Magic in Orlando, ESPN reported.

They did not travel with the Clippers as they embarked on a six-game road trip but have rejoined the team. The two All-Stars have been out since Monday because of the COVID-19 protocols.

In their absence, the Hawks were 1-1, losing 108-99 to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and defeating the Heat in Miami on Thursday, 109-105.

Patrick Beverley is not expected to play in Orlando because of lingering right knee soreness. He suffered a knee injury Sunday night in the Clippers’ win over Oklahoma City.

Leonard is averaging 25.9 points, 5.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds this season, while George is averaging 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Beverley averages 8.1 points and 2.1 assists per game.

The Clippers (14-5) have the second-best record in the NBA and trail the Utah Jazz by a half-game in the Western Conference.

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Queensland Health says ‘all protocols followed’ when woman left hotel quarantine to accompany father to hospital

Health authorities say “all protocols were followed” when a woman in Brisbane hotel quarantine accompanied her father to and from hospital wearing full PPE before she later tested positive for the UK strain of COVID-19.

A report by the Courier Mail on Thursday afternoon said the woman had been left unattended at the hospital and travelled back to the hotel in either a taxi or ride-share.

In a statement on Thursday night, a Queensland Health spokesperson said, “some early reporting has misrepresented this situation”.

“In circumstances where a person accompanies a relative to hospital for medical treatment, full PPE [personal protective equipment] and safety guidelines are followed,” the spokesperson said.

“This occurs even if a patient is being transported for non-COVID-related medical issues.

“Quarantine guests are transported to and from the hospital by Queensland Ambulance Service, who have been safely transporting hotel quarantine guests for almost a year.

“All protocols were followed in this case. Guests were transported from and returned to the hotel by Qld Ambulance Service while in appropriate PPE.

“The suggestion the person caught a ride-share back to the hotel is untrue. Full and proper COVID-19 PPE protocols were followed while these guests were in the hospital.” 

Just hours after the woman went back to quarantine in the hotel, she and her father were formally notified they were carrying the mutant UK strain of COVID-19.

The woman, aged in her 20s, arrived from Lebanon with her father, aged in his 40s, on New Year’s Day.

They had been quarantining at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in inner-city Brisbane where four cases of the mutant strain have now been detected, along with a hotel cleaner and her partner.

The spread of the virus on level seven of the hotel sparked a mass evacuation of all 129 guests in a major medical emergency on Wednesday.

It is understood police are investigating after Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said earlier she could not be confident all guests stayed inside their rooms during the 14-day isolation, as per Queensland Health’s hotel quarantine protocol.

Overnight on Wednesday, all guests were moved by ambulance to other quarantine hotels, including The Westin in Brisbane’s CBD.

The Westin in Brisbane's CBD.
Overnight all guests were moved by ambulance to other medi-hotels including The Westin in Brisbane’s CBD.(ABC News: Liz Pickering)

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