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Andrews pressed on handling of pandemic in parliamentary committee

Victoria’s Liberal Opposition Leader, Michael O’Brien, earlier said he hoped the Premier would tell the truth to the committee.

“We want him to tell us who was responsible for the decision to put untrained bureaucrats and unprofessional private security guards in charge of hotel quarantine, instead of using the police or the ADF like every other state did,” Mr O’Brien told radio station 3AW.

Mr Andrews told the committee every country battling a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has struggled to bring it under control as quickly as they suppressed the spread in the first wave.

“We know how challenging it is, particularly if it gets into high-risk countries, new and different cohorts, new and different backgrounds … where language can sometimes be an issue,” Mr Andrews said.

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“This is something that’s a great challenge for communities, economies and health systems.”

The Premier updated the committee with the latest contact tracing figures, which show all positive cases have been followed up within 24 hours of getting a notification from the lab, as well as the transport figures and what support the government has provided.

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