Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described NSWs test-and-trace strategy as the “gold standard” in suppressing coronavirus while the state remains open for business.
“That is where we have to get everybody to to ensure that Australia can be open,” Morrison said on Sept. 8.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says contact tracing is only part of the story in dealing with a pandemic and getting the balance right.
“Our public health officials are amongst the best in the world but … unless you have a whole of governance approach to managing the pandemic the contact tracing isnt as effective and I really want to make that point clear,” she said on Sept. 9.
She repeated calls for Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to reopen her borders, saying there was no reason to keep NSW residents out.
“I think people would understand why Victoria is an exception. But no other state or territory really can suggest that NSW isnt managing the pandemic. And I just dont understand why the borders are still there,” Berejiklian said.
“Im not suggesting were out of the woods, but we wont be until theres a vaccine. (My) colleagues in other states need to consider where their state will be in six-to-12 months time, if they dont encourage their borders coming down.”
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard went further in his criticism of Palaszczuk.
“I can only express my supreme anger at the Queensland premiers decision, which in my view … is nothing more than base, loopy politics,” Hazzard said.
“Im appalled by whats going on up there.”
They were speaking after NSW reported nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the cluster linked to Concord and Liverpool hospitals to 12, including eight healthcare workers.
NSW Health said investigations into the source of the infections were ongoing and non-urgent surgery at Concord had been cancelled until Sept. 11.
The hospital will be closed to all visitors until 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 for cleaning.
Seven cases were linked to a known case or cluster, one has no known source and one is a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.
NSW Health said one case attended Tattersalls City Gym and one was a household contact of a previously reported case linked to the CBD cluster.
There are now 68 cases linked to the CBD cluster.
Five of the new locally acquired cases are linked to Concord Hospital. Two are healthcare workers, one is a patient and two are household contacts of the patient.
The two healthcare workers worked at the hospital while potentially infectious but reported having no symptoms while at work and wore personal protective equipment while caring for paRead More – Source