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Berejiklian’s COVID update: our ‘freedoms’ and the Queensland border bubble

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Just before New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave her Coronavirus update at 11am, it was reported that Queensland has just announced that the border bubble with New South Wales will be reinstated, but not in the way many had hoped.

Premier Berejiklian began the press conference by saying that 76.4 per cent of the adult population have had a first dose of the COVID vaccination and 43.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.

‘Now it’s when that number hits 70 per cent double dose, the Monday after that, we’ll be able to have those freedoms that we outlined in the roadmap yesterday.’

Record cases and record deaths

Today was a record-high number, again, of new COVID positive cases in the 24 hour period. ‘To 8pm last night, we had 1,542 cases of community transmission, and as the modelling, we release indicated we are expecting the peak number of cases to happen in the next week or so and so far this trajectory is what has been predicted.’

Premier Berejiklian also announced a record day of COVID related deaths. ‘Regrettably, we did have nine deaths to 8pm yesterday and we extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those families.

‘Freedoms’

The Premier then went on to outline some of the new ’freedoms’. ’As you know from Monday, because we got to that 6 million jabs by the end of August we promised there’d be additional freedoms. There’s a couple of extra tweaks we’ve made to make it a bit easier for people.

Ms Berejiklian said that there are different rules for those areas outside those local government areas of concern, including the Northern Rivers. ’From Monday, you’ll be able to have five vaccinated adults who live within the LGA or within five kilometres of their home come together, so long as all the adults are vaccinated, we’re not including 12-year-olds in that definition so a 12-year-old are under that definition that means you can have five adults, which was the previous rule but now you can have kids under 12 as well.’

‘If you live within an LGA of concern, obviously you can exercise, unlimited. However, if you’re vaccinated, your household can go out for a picnic or recreation for two hours every day. In addition to the exercise so you can obviously exercise but if you just want to sit down and have a picnic with your household so long as the adults in that household are vaccinated, you’re able to do so for a couple of hours every day as well. But of course, that has to be within the five-kilometre radius requirements so everything else stays the same curfew in the five-kilometre radius but if your household has vaccinated adults, You’re able to and for this definition, we’re just saying over 18 Because not everybody over 16 has been offered the vaccine, but if your household that lives together every day and functions together every day, you’re able to enjoy some recreation in addition to the exercise provision.

Queensland border bubble

The Deputy Premier said he had good news to add to yesterday’s news that restrictions on parts of regional and rural New South Wales being lifted tomorrow. ‘The Deputy Premier of Queensland, Steve Miles reached out to me,’ said Deputy Premier John Barilaro. ‘We were able to task our cross border commissioners to work through the issue on the Queensland and New South Wales border.

‘We are reverting back to the previous arrangements for those communities in the north of this state and southern Queensland.’

To be clear, there will not be free travel into Queensland, but students and essential workers will be able to travel from the 12 New South Wales LGA when restrictions have eased into Queensland.

Mr Barilaro said he wanted to thank the Deputy Premier of Queensland and his team. ‘This really will make a difference for those communities that have done it hard, for those that live on in border communities we know how seamless and invisible that border is but unfortunately, our communities do get impacted at times when borders are closed so today.

This is good news for the people of north of this state, and especially for New South Wales Tweed community and the Northern Rivers community. Fingers crossed we can keep the new arrangements in place to support those communities.’

We need to live with COVID

The Premier also said today that her daily update will, for the near future, be taken over by the health professionals rather than herself and the Deputy. ‘I just want to say very, very clearly and loudly to the people of New South Wales, we will be here whenever we need to communicate something very important.

‘I will make sure that we are but what we also need to do is, all of us have to start accepting that we need to live with COVID, because COVID will be around for three or four years. I can assure the people of this state. I think they can judge me on my record, whenever I need to speak directly to the public, I absolutely will. But we also have to make sure that as a government, we normalise the way we do things every day that we accept that if there isn’t anything new to tell the public apart from the daily figures, or the daily messages and health, we’ll provide that on a daily basis.

‘I’m always accountable always public as the ministries that we also have to accept all of us have to start thinking about what living with COVID means, and if there’s any unexpected occurrence, if there’s anything which the public needs to hear directly from government, whether it’s myself or the Minister for Health or the Deputy Premier or any by ministerial colleagues, of course we will do that.

‘But at the very least, we need to make sure that all of us accept what the future holds, but also all of us accept at what living with COVID means and what it looks like, and absolutely that information New South Wales prides itself on having the most transparent information available.’


 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The Premier has abdicated all responsibility for the Covid Crisis, indicating that she will only speak on the subject if she has something important to say. What an insult to the people of NSW. Deaths not important to the premier? Or has she run out of the ‘stocking fillers’ of little treats, eg picnics, that the Premier has used on a daily basis to distract from her governments mismanagement throughout the pandemic!

  2. Wait until we come to the realization that the vaccinated people will become the biggest problem as they will have a very compromised immunity to any virus…I wonder what the vaccination cult leaders will say then…we’ll see in the next 6-12 months if that comes true,but i would certainly not be surprised,even though I don’t wish it on anyone at all,apart from the ones who support Apartheid between vaccinated and unvaccinated people,that is their bad Karma then!

  3. Herbert I suspect that you have no qualifications in virology, immunology and vaccinology. If this is the case you should not be scare mongering about the vaccines that could very likely save the life of a person reading your comment.

    ‘I would certainly not be surprised’. Sorry if I’m not greatly impressed. If indeed you want to live by the “my body my choice” motto do it consistently.

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