Why this photo of a nurse has sparked anger

Nadine Carroll
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A resident staying in Victoria’s hotel quarantine has taken a video of staff walking through common areas without wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Jeff Dalton is staying at the Intercontinental on Collins Street in Melbourne and told 9News the image didn’t give him “too much confidence”.

"There it was - no mask - and a nurse sitting in her little nurse's station again not wearing a mask," he told 9News.

An alleged staff member not wearing PPE while working in Victoria's hotel quarantine
A resident staying in Victoria’s hotel quarantine has taken a video of staff walking through common areas without wearing PPE. Source: 9 News

It comes as Premier Daniel Andrews announced a snap five day lockdown beginning at 11:59pm Friday amid fears there are more cases of the UK Covid variant in the state.

Another man told 9News he had visited the Park Royal hotel on January 24 to deliver supplies to a friend quarantining and claimed security was too relaxed.

"At no point did they ask me to scan in or ask for ID or QR codes," Paul Roache said.

Mr Roache said he used the elevator twice and at one point a staff member in a “full gown” had rushed into the elevator with him, forcing the doors open and ignoring social distancing recommendations.

Victorian Transport Minister Jacinta Allan defended the program at a media conference on Friday.

“We’re operating this program under the highest strictest of standards,” she said.

Intercontinental on Collins Street in Melbourne
Quareting guests spotted staff at the Intercontinental on Collins St in Melbourne wearing no PPE. Source: Google Maps

Five new cases of Covid-19 in Victoria were announced on Friday, bringing the total number of active cases to 19.

The cluster linked to the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport includes 13 of those cases.

Quarantine Victoria said it was investigating the allegations and reviewing CCTV footage, Daily Mail reports.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Australia's hotel quarantine won't be run by the federal government, rejecting the idea in the wake of renewed concerns about coronavirus spreading out of the system.

"We're not going to be running it," Scott Morrison told 3AW radio on Friday.

"Hotel quarantine is never 100 per cent fail safe. To suggest it ever will be is just not realistic."

- with AAP

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