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More from that Daniel Andrews press conference, where the Victorian premier has floated the idea of stripping responsibility for overseeing the Melbourne casino run by James Packer’s Crown Resorts from the current regulator, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

VCGLR has been heavily criticised for failing to discover money laundering and criminal involvement in junkets at the Melbourne casino – allegations that were explored at a hearing in NSW.

“Casino regulation may need its own bespoke authority,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne this morning. “That may be something we need to do.”

However, he rejected the idea that the VCGLR had been slow to act and said the government would make sure that only people of the highest probity held a casino licence in Victoria.

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Daniel Andrews has been asked if he thinks the hotel quarantine system is still working, given five reported transmissions within the system in two weeks.

“Hotel quarantine – if we are in fact dealing with a highly infectious aerosolised virus, an airborne transmission challenge – is very very difficult, very difficult. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t admit that,” he replied.

He said that despite all the measures in place in hotel quarantine in Victoria “we may need to do more”.

Later, he said he wasn’t sure what “more” would look like, given the stringent measures already in place. I’ll quietly add that epidemiologists have had some thoughts on this.

Andrews said: “We haven’t had a South African case here yet. We want to do everything we can [to prevent that] and we want to do everything we can to limit the spread of the UK strain.”

He said he was concerned that the time frame for people testing positive appeared to be getting longer, saying: “We are testing people who test negative and then test positive.”

Later, he said: “We all have to accept that if you run a program like this, no matter how high the standards are … it’s not about if, it’s when, one of these cases will get out because it’s so, so infectious.”

Quarantining hotel guests at the Holiday Inn are moved to a new location in Melbourne.

Quarantining hotel guests at the Holiday Inn are moved to a new location in Melbourne. Photograph: Luis Ascui/AAP

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