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After announcing last Friday that she would discontinue her daily press conference, and the media backlash that followed, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian was back at her post today at 11am fronting the camera and questions.

When asked if she had a change of heart and would she be back to doing daily conferences, Ms Berejiklian said that she was always scheduled to appear today because of the key milestones we announced.

‘Obviously, today is the first day many people have freedoms they didn’t have before and I want to stress that nothing has changed from my comments from last week.

On the job 24/7

‘I’m on the job 24/7. In addition to managing the pandemic, we manage the state moving forward and I will be – I’m always available, but I won’t necessarily be here every day at 11am. Some weeks I might be here every day, other weeks I might be here intermittently.

The Premier said that to 8pm last night, there were 1,257 cases of community transmission. ‘Regrettably, there were seven deaths and we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and loved one of all those who died overnight.’

Ms Berejiklian said that fortunately for New South Wales, the vaccination rates keep increasing. ‘However there has been a slight slowdown, so we encourage everybody to come forward and get vaccinated.

‘We have 46.2 per cent double-dosed adults in New South Wales of 16 and over which is great, and 78.5 per cent who have received their first dose. And obviously, it’s when that 46.2 per cent number gets to 70 per cent double dose that we can look forward to those freedoms that we announced recently in our roadmap.

A really key message – do not let your guard down

‘I want to leave a really key message today and that is, do not let your guard down. Today, there has been some easing of restrictions after we passed that six million jab number, but it’s way too early for any of us to get complacent and we are concerned that an unexpected event, a super spreader event can suddenly have a major setback and so whilst people start enjoying some things they couldn’t enjoy last week.

‘I urge the community, please do not get complacent, do not let your guard down, because any event that we don’t anticipate or expect could see our major setback and none of us want to see that happen.’

‘And finally, I just want to, again, say to everybody that as we approach those targets, all of us can be hopeful. But our reopening is based on the premise that all of us are responsible, safe and cautious during this time.

‘All of us are looking forward to doing those things we can’t currently do, but all of us will move together safely and cautiously respecting the health orders and appreciating that whilst ever people remain unvaccinated, they remain more vulnerable and more susceptible to the of this very serious illness.’

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Chris Minn’s announced he would hold a media interview at 11am and list everything that we are not being informed about and what an absolute disaster this NSW LNP Govt actually is? Well she just couldn’t allow the opposition leader to have any air time on the media, now could she, that is just not done in Australia any more is it? Control of the media is the LNP’s only real concern, everything else is secondary. And we see that every god damned day don’t we Australia?

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