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Guests in quarantine at Melbourne hotel demand to be moved from ‘putrid’ hotel

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People returning from overseas have been accommodated in the Rydges on Swanston hotel by the state government for mandatory 14 day coronavirus isolation.

But at least one guest was moved on Monday after waking to find a swarm of bed bugs in her bed.

The Herald Sun published photos taken by the woman, known as Rosie, which show a bunch of bed bugs and blood stained white bedding.

The publication also claimed allegations of bed bug infestations at the hotel were raised with officials as early as April.

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A woman took a photo of her bedding at the hotel with bed bugs and blood stains. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Chief health officer Brett Sutton defended the hotel at question, saying bed bugs were often transported via luggage during travel.

“They are picked up internationally, frequently if people leave their luggage open then bed bugs get on clothes, and they survive very easily,” Professor Sutton said.

“Bed bugs are part and parcel of the hospitality industry.

“It’s not the fault of hotels at all necessarily.”

A Department of Health and Human Services investigation is currently underway to determine the source of the infestation.

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The hotel suffered a coronavirus outbreak earlier this month. Picture: AAP Image/Scott BarbourSource:AAP

It comes after the same hotel suffered a coronavirus outbreak earlier this month and was completely empty up until Friday.

“We know how infectious coronavirus is and we have strict measures in place to manage positive cases and control outbreaks,” a DHHS spokesperson said.

“Following the outbreak at Rydges on Swanston the hotel was emptied on 1 June and underwent a deep clean of every room and common area in line with the Chief Health Officer Guidelines for coronavirus cleaning procedures.

“The department is working with all returned travellers to make them as comfortable as possible and assist with anything they made need during their time in quarantine.”

Shadow Health Minister @georgiecrozier says “It’s not good enough to have beds and hotel rooms infested with bed bugs”.. after revelations on the cleanliness standards at Quarantine Hotel, Rydges on Swanston. Says there were bugs in 2nd room.@10NewsFirstMelb#springstpic.twitter.com/VXDBBrPimR

— Simon Love (@SimoLove) June 29, 2020

This is appalling. If the Andrews Govt can’t even get the basics right for cleanliness & hygiene in quarantine hotels, it’s no wonder Victoria has a #COVID19 crisis. #BedBugs#springsthttps://t.co/8E7ebQn93B

— Georgie Crozier MP (@georgiecrozier) June 28, 2020

It comes as Victoria is potentially headed for a second wave of the coronavirus, with Premier Daniel Andrews saying the capital is “on a knife’s edge” as a result of the spike over the past week.

Australia has recorded 85 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, including 75 in Victoria, seven in NSW and three in South Australia.

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