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Hundreds urged to take HIV test after quarantine blood-testing blunder

October 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A man walks past the Stamford Plaza Hotel, used as an isolation hotel from returned travellers from overseas as part of measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Melbourne on July 22, 2020. - An inquiry into how the virus spread in Melbourne heard this week that many cases were likely linked to infection control breaches at hotels used to quarantine residents returning from overseas, with Australia reporting 501 new cases on July 22. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

More than 200 former residents of coronavirus quarantine facilities in Australia are being urged to test for blood-transmitted diseases, including HIV, after authorities admitted they used the same blood-testing devices for multiple guests.

(CNN)More than 200 former residents of coronavirus quarantine facilities in Australia are being urged to test for blood-transmitted diseases, including HIV, after authorities admitted they used the same blood-testing devices for multiple guests.

In a statement Monday, Victorian health agency, Safer Care Victoria, said it was contacting 243 people who had a blood glucose level test before August 20 as there was a risk of cross-contamination and blood-borne viruses, including HIV.

In the months since, thousands of travelers have passed through Australia's quarantine hotels -- but not all of them require a blood glucose level test.

Australia announced earlier this month that it would establish a "safe travel zone" with neighboring New Zealand, allowing people to travel quarantine-free from New Zealand to two states -- New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

The bubble is only one-way: New Zealand -- which has reported fewer than 2,000 Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths -- still requires return travelers to undergo a 14-day quarantine in a state facility at a cost of 3,100 New Zealand dollars ($2,040).

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