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Victoria COVID updates: Hotel quarantine answers near amid new NSW cluster

Who is to blame for Victoria’s bungled hotel quarantine program which cost hundreds of lives?

The deadly COVID-19 scheme has already seen political heads roll, but no one has accepted responsibility.

A report due to be handed down on Monday might provide some answers. But the mystery could continue.

Victoria’s second wave of coronavirus, which resulted in more than 18,000 new infections and 800 deaths, can be traced back to outbreaks among security guards working at Melbourne’s Rydges and Stamford Plaza hotels.

After months of hearings featuring 63 witnesses, it is still not known who made the decision to use private security guards in the program rather than the police.

“No, I don’t (know)… that’s why I set up this board of inquiry or recommended to the governor to set up this board of inquiry, to get exactly that answer and quite a few others,” Premier Daniel Andrews told the inquiry in September.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. Credit: David Crosling/AAPIMAGE

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