How the risk of hotel quarantine facilities failure in New Zealand is THREE times HIGHER than in Australia – despite repeated leakage of coronavirus to community Down Under
- Research from the University of Otago compared the risk of quarantine violation in two countries
- New Zealand’s risk of failure is 13.2 for every 1,000 guests in hotel quarantine
- Meanwhile, the risk in Australia is 4.1 failures for every 1,000 isolating people
According to a new study, the risk of hotel quarantine facilities failing to stop the leakage of Covid-19 in the New Zealand community is three times higher than in Australia.
Research from the University of Otago found that 13.2 cases out of 1,000 are due to the failure of the New Zealand hotel quarantine.
In comparison, there are only 4.1 violations associated with every 1000 infections in the ditch.
The data comes despite repeated localized and state-wide lockdowns in Australia as a result of the virus breaking the walls of quarantine hotels.
While the risk was higher in New Zealand, the study found the country had 10 deficiencies, while Australia had 14 quarantine violations up to March 31 of this year.
The risk of breaches causing the coronavirus to seep from the quarantine facilities of hotels in New Zealand is three times higher than in Australia, according to a new study (photo shows passengers arriving at Sydney airport)
The researchers found that the risks of violations may be related to the rules imposed on guests during their isolation in the hotels.
The quarantine hotels in New Zealand have shared recreation, smoking and exercise areas, while those in Australia are limited in their rooms during their 14-day stay.
Health experts at the University of Otago said New Zealand could take steps to reduce the risk of possible quarantine violations.
These include enforcing vaccination requirements and quarantine periods before travelers arrive in the country.
The country could also benefit from setting up a facility similar to the Northern Territory’s Howard Springs quarantine point, where no coronavirus case has yet left its walls, the university researchers said.
Another important factor influencing the risk of deficiencies is whether or not to vaccinate staff.
The study found that half of New Zealand’s quarantine breaches could have been avoided if all frontline frontier workers had been shot.
Health experts at the University of Otago said New Zealand could take steps to reduce the risk of possible quarantine violations, such as enforcing vaccination rules. Depicted are passengers wearing masks at Sydney International Airport
More than 127,000 people have passed through Auckland’s quarantine facilities since June last year, while Australia has nearly doubled this number.
The most notable hotel quarantine violation occurred in Victoria, with a second wave leading to an extensive 112-day lockdown, resulting in about 800 deaths.
In Perth, authorities confirmed a hotel security guard on Saturday and his two roommates tested positive for Covid-19.
The man may have been contagious in the community for four days before testing positive, authorities say.
How the man contracted the virus has not yet been determined.