The sex scandal linked to Australia's coronavirus second wave: Security guards SLEPT with quarantined travellers at five star hotel where they were kept in isolation

A second wave of coronavirus infections in Australia has been blamed on security guards who admitted having sex with quarantined travellers at the hotel where they were being held.

Suspected covid-19 sufferers staying at the five-star Stamford Plaza in Melbourne were told to isolate in their rooms for a 14-day period after arriving in Australia at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now the city of Melbourne is battling a second wave of coronavirus infections, and resident have been forced to stay indoors or face a $1,625 fine while grocery stores take measures to stop panic buying.

The state of Victoria recorded 77 new cases of the virus yesterday - its biggest total since March 31, bringing the total number of new cases since Monday to 289.

Melbourne had largely beaten the virus at the end of April and no new cases were recorded on June 5 but cases are now soaring upwards again.

An investigation has been launched after 31 cases of coronavirus were linked to the luxury Melbourne hotel, with guards revealing they had slept with solo guests multiple times weeks ago and had even taken some of them to 7-11 stores and busy shopping centres.

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews told the Herald Sun that there had been a 'handful' of breaches by staff at hotels including Stamford Plaza and Rydges on Swanston hotel, also in Melbourne, where isolated travellers were staying.
An investigation has been launched into the sex scandal at the luxury Stamford Plaza (pictured) which has been linked to 31 cases of coronavirus in the city after the guards slept with isolated travellers and also let families to go between rooms to play cards
The Stamford Plaza is a five-star hotel in the center of Melbourne at the 'Paris end' of the city's Collins Street and boast a gym, a pool and high-end furnished rooms.

Melbourne has gone back into lockdown with police checkpoints across the city - just weeks after Australia celebrated beating Covid-19.   

Melbourne had largely beaten the virus at the end of April and no new cases were recorded on June 5 but cases are now soaring upwards again.

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews told the Herald Sun that there had been a 'handful' of breaches by staff at hotels including Stamford Plaza and Rydges on Swanston hotel, also in Melbourne, where isolated travellers were staying.

Melbourne has gone back into lockdown with police checkpoints across the city - just weeks after Australia celebrated beating Covid-19.
The Stamford Hotel in Melbourne.  An investigation has been launched after 31 cases of coronavirus were linked to the luxury hotel, with guards revealing they had slept with solo guests multiple times weeks ago and had even taken some of them to 7-11 stores and busy shopping centres.
One security guard, named only as Sam, has spent the past two months working as a quarantine hotel security guard in Melbourne.

Speaking anonymously to 9News, Sam said his colleagues would share lifts with groups of travellers, escort them for exercise and then go into the community as normal despite the risk of spreading the virus.

'On their break, guards were going for a break, and they were going to 7-Eleven, McDonalds, KFC, everywhere, and they were exposing everyone to that,' he told 9News.

'We were trying to control the virus, but the way they have done everything, I think we were spreading the virus, not controlling the virus.'

The security guard also claims he was told not to take a test for COVID-19 in case he tested positive and wouldn't be able to work.

'When I knew that there was positive cases in the hotel I have asked them, do I need to go for a test or something? And they said no, no, no don't worry, don't stress because we need people, so if you (go) for a test they will ask you to self-isolate, so don't go, we will let you know when to go for a test,' he said.

Another anonymous security worker told Today he was given five minutes of training before beginning his first shift.

The security guards, employed to monitor returned travellers inside quarantine hotels in Victoria, could have helped to cause the state's second outbreak of covid-19 by sleeping with locked-down guests, it has been claimed.

Security guards also ignored protocol to allow families to go between rooms to play cards and had shared lifts with travellers while escorting them for exercise.

Claims that security staff were sexually active with some of the guests, including those in isolation in the hotels will form part of the investigation.

The allegations have been heard among police and government circles, as well as within the hotel industry, the Herald Sun reported. 

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