/ 12 February 2021

Meanwhile, in coronavirus news…

• Four close contacts of infected workers and another staff member from the evacuated Holiday Inn quarantine hotel in Melbourne were confirmed to have COVID yesterday. That takes the outbreak to 13 cases – all directly linked, so officials say they do not think the broader community is at risk.

• Still, it’s 2-weeks quarantine for Victorians going to Western Oz, and border declaration passes are required if they go to Queensland. South Oz shut its border to Melbourne residents in the early hours of yesterday morning. The snap decision created 10km queues of traffic, and a truck driver was killed when he crashed into another that was stationary on the road in the early hours of yesterday.

• Microbiologist Professor Dominic Dwyer, one of the World Health Organisation’s independent team sent to China to investigate the coronavirus’s origins, called the trip “very complicated and very tense.” They were unable to get the data they needed, and there was a “difference of opinion” over China’s findings, he says. That’s done nothing to soothing critics’ concerns about China’s role in the month-long investigation.

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