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Australia news live: Victoria reports two new Covid cases; Biloela child reportedly diagnosed with pneumonia

Both new coronavirus cases are linked to current outbreaks

Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson says health authorities are still trying to work out how the returned traveller accidentally spread Covid-19 into the community.

The traveller arrived from Sri Lanka on 8 May and tested positive that same day. He was transferred from the Novatel Ibis quarantine hotel to the holiday Inn health hotel on 14 May.

He completed his quarantine and was released on 23 May.

And Merlino hasn’t missed a beat using the news of get another hotel quarantine break to slam the federal government’s reliance on the system.

Hotels are built for tourists, not for managing infectious diseases. There have been at least 21 breaches in hotel quarantine right around this country. Just in the last month, we have seen three outbreaks, one in South Australia and two in WA.

Despite all the protections that we put in place, appropriately put in place, vaccination of staff, daily testing of staff, PPE, N95 masks, ventilation works just to name a few, we cannot eliminate risk in this environment.

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