Did you leave out the bit where Senator Henderson criticised the government she is a member of for not doing enough to bring home Australians stranded overseas?SMH reports:
Victorian Liberal senator Sarah Henderson has attacked the state government for preventing Victorians returning home and resuming work.
“Victorians must not be arbitrarily locked out of their homes,” Senator Henderson said on Sunday afternoon.
"I am deeply concerned about the arbitrary manner in which the Victorian government is preventing Victorians caught in ‘red zones’ from returning home.
"Those trapped in a red zone are effectively being locked out of their home, separated from family and frequently prevented from working. This is causing very significant economic and mental health damage. This restriction may also breach the Victorian Charter of Human Rights.
"While the risk of community transmission must be minimised, why are Victorians caught in a red zone not being given the opportunity to take a COVID test? Surely if a person tests negative he or she should be granted a permit to travel back to Victoria?
"In light of increasing concerns about the lockout of Victorians, I call on Premier Daniel Andrews to urgently review the traffic light system."
The federal government can bring as many back as they want, but there is no HQ space that the states are willing to staff due to safety/leaksDid you leave out the bit where Senator Henderson criticised the government she is a member of for not doing enough to bring home Australians stranded overseas?
Since Vic DHHS adopted the two ring containment method in October, plus with enhanced contact tracing as well as various community measures which have varied (mask wearing etc) every new outbreak has been reduced to zero cases within a fortnight and mainly within a week, and also that no outbreak has grown out of control unlike at the start of the second wave in Victoria.
were all swiftly controlled.
- Uniting Age Care - Preston
- Box Hill Hospital Cluster #2
- SE Community
- North-metro Regional Community (which was the several EPIC related clusters linked by proximity, not transmission in all cases)
- Avalon returned traveller (teenage girl = 0 local transmission)
- Black Rock
To be honest, not really. Apparently the region not wearing the masks (% of population) is the same region not getting tested.Good to see NSW holding firm on masks as testing rates remain too low. Good blackmail attempt
Mandatory mask rules to remain in NSW as testing levels remain ‘too low’
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said mandatory mask wearing rules in shopping centres and large indoor public places will stay in place while testing numbers remain low.
The Premier said the state was still trying to "mop up" the outbreak, but said she was disappointed in the low and falling testing rates, which may hinder the state's ability to open up and restrictions eased.
"All of us want to see those restrictions we have in place eased, all of us want to be confident we can go back to what we had before Christmas," she said. "And that will only be possible if we get those high rates of testing to give our contact-tracers and health experts confidence that we are on top of any unknown strains of the virus."
Despite this, I still think the government lacks confidence in their ability to just as effectively control a new cluster emerging in the western suburb cohort that was so badly affected in the second wave. Hence the strict border closures from NSW and Greater Brisbane.
Anecdotally, I have moved around some of the western suburbs in the last few weeks, and mask wearing, as an indicator of "buy-in" to covid precautions was poorest of anywhere I've been in Highpoint Shopping Centre (admittedly Saturday evening before Xmas, less than half wearing masks). By contrast last week I was in CBD and I noticed 50% wearing masks outside - where not required - and close to 100% in shopping centres/supermarkets. Furthermore I caught as suburban train through the NW suburbs (Sunbury line) to connect to a Vline train, and probably only 2/3 wearing masks on the suburban train (close to 100% on the Vline train to Bendigo).
And put it this way - these observations are causing me to really struggle with my beliefs - I try not to be xxx-ist or yyy-phobic, but it is clear certain groups (or more specifically certain generations of certain groups) have not bought into Covid-precautions. It is what it is. And I'm sure this is why the health advice to close borders is what it is, but the government would never admit this.
To be honest, not really. Apparently the region not wearing the masks (% of population) is the same region not getting tested.
I would agree with this approach and not just to the COVID vaccine but to all the other vaccines as well. I would only support exemptions for medical reasons.Exclusive: Move to ban those without COVID jab from offices, pubs, restaurants
NSW residents may have to provide proof they have received a coronavirus vaccination before entering certain venues in future.
The proposal is part of a tough new plan floated by state Premier Gladys Berejiklian in a bid to “incentivise” the adoption of the jab.
Speaking exclusively to The Daily Telegraph, Ms Berejiklian said those who refused the vaccine could be banned from entering venues including pubs, restaurants and workplaces.
“Clearly, opportunities to travel overseas or opportunities to enter certain workplaces or venues might be enhanced if you have the vaccine,” she said.
My bolding. NSW had low mask-wearing before it was mandatory but it wasn't 0/10. Even pre-Covid you would always find mask wearers, mainly Asian Australians. I know one HK Chinese lady who has been wearing a mask on PT in Sydney since the SARs outbreak in 2003!Well as it’s remaining mandatory in NSW means they can enforce it via the police, just like they did in Vic. Even if 9/10 people comply it’s better than 0/10 which is where NSW was before they made it mandatory.