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’As we move through what will be a difficult few weeks here in New South Wales, today we commence here in our state the rollout of vaccinations for our five to 11-year-olds, and that will occur at GPs, pharmacists and in many of our hubs right across our state.

‘We here in New South Wales want to particularly support that system as we move through we appreciate that and acknowledge that vaccination has been key to keeping our community safe and the efforts that people have made right across our state during this vaccination programme has ensured that New South Wales is in a particularly strong position to deal with this phenomenon.’

Mr Perrottet said as a parent, he knows it can be daunting getting the children vaccinated. ‘We had our daughter just last week being vaccinated – she’s in preschool now – she just screamed at the GP.

We’re supporting that GP network here in New South Wales – it’s a very kid-friendly environment, highly supportive to ensure this as much comfort for parents as parents and children and as we go through this period.’

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Dr Kerry Chant.

Dr Kerry Chant said that there are around 2,030 COVID cases admitted to hospital with 150 people in intensive care 47 of whom require ventilation. Half of the people in ICU are unvaccinated.

‘There were 20,030 cases detected by PCR testing reported in New South Wales to the 24 hours to 8pm last night and 84,000 tests PCR tests were reported in that period.

‘Now that clearly is an underestimate as people are moving and transitioning to RAT testing, but just to let you know that that certainly hopefully freeing up quite a lot of our capacity for PCR testing for those that need it.

‘If you cannot access a rapid antigen test and need to be tested, please proceed to get a PCR tested test. One of the key issues we just want people to be linked with care. So if you fall into the categories, where you’re unvaccinated, you’re pregnant, you have chronic underlying medical conditions. Please don’t delay getting a COVID diagnosis.

‘Also please, a reminder do not take symptoms such as breathlessness, particularly in young people – when that is not an underlying usual condition – seriously.’

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Dr Chant said that sadly she had to announce the deaths of 18 people. ‘Six women, 11 men and a child aged under five and the child from Southwestern Sydney who died at home and had significant underlying health conditions.

‘As we go out and about can I just remind people of some of the public health orders that are in place please continue to wear those masks indoors. Please continue to work from home where that’s practical.

‘Please also take those reasonable steps to limit your interactions within your social and broader social network. So keep those household gatherings smaller than you’d normally have. And also choose to go outdoors – keep your house windows open as much as you can.

‘These simple measures can really help us slow the rate of transmission of COVID and that is important to just reduce that burden on our health system and also our critical infrastructure work that we need to be maintained at this time.’

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  1. Only two years have passed and so nimble has the time arrived, the pointy end of the world’s greatest evil when all the stars and planets, governments and media align and the trusting serfs give up their children to the Owners of the Jabberwocky.

  2. Do listen. Follow Dr Kerry Chant’s directions. Realize as well that Deltacron,
    named in Cypris, has 25 cases so far. Lets hope this one will wear itself out.
    Have a good day.

  3. Choice of words is interesting. Why report that 50% of the ICU cases are UNVACCINATED? Why not report that 50% of cases in ICU ARE VACCINATED?

      • They are still printed with your name tag Eve… I just pointed to the fact. You as a journalist (I would have hoped) could have picked up on on the irony of that sentence. Just saying… Or are you told by the government what to write in your newspaper?

        • Given that 91.5% of the population are vaccinated the story IS in the 50% being made up of just 8.5% of the population. To put the emphasis the other way would be doing the work of Qanon etc

    • Think about it – if 100% of the population were vaccinated then EVERYONE in ICU would be vaccinated. The NSW adult vaccination rate being 91.5% skews unadjusted percentages very significantly. Consider instead that 50% the ICU occupants are drawn from a group (the unvaccinated) that represent just 8.5%. Or consider that per million head of population the ICU rate among the unvaccinated is around 83 per million. In the fully vaccinated population it is around 5 per million.

      It’s all explained in https://www.echo.net.au/2022/01/unvaccinated-youre-17-5-times-more-likely-to-end-up-in-icu/

      • So if 90% are vaccinated and 90% of deaths are vaccinated, the point of the vaccination is…….

        Ok, let’s spin it another way, people might start to ask more questions.

        • Nine of the 11 deaths were in the 80+ age group who are close enough to 100% vaccinated. That means it’s rather rare to find one unvaccinated (except in Byron Shire perhaps!) There was one 70 + death who could have been one of the unvaccinated. We’re not given this detail but with a sample of 11 it wouldn’t be that telling anyway.

          The question is how many more people would we lose, how many more would we have in hospital and IC without high levels of vaccination? The figures are certainly lower now that 2020 but I’m happy to concede that we are now dealing with a different variant so this comparison has its limitations.

          After the Echo published a similar explanation you were similarly challenged by the maths.

          NK posted: “ September 27, 2021 At 1:21 pm
          My 9 year old (Year 4) is learning this level of maths. She understands this article and the analogies.”

          NK, if you’re still there, could you ask your daughter to give Steve a simple explanation.

          • Correct Liz, I can’t count past zero jabs yet 🙂

            So Pfizer boss now says their product offers “very limited protection, if any” against Omicon.

            So it’s all explained then why you’re 17 times more like to end up in ICU if ah… if you travel back in time and catch the 1st variant….ok, got it. And the reason why so many jabbed are ending up in hospital is because of err, well ah not sure, hmm. That’s right, the jabs are in trial phase, it’s just an experiment approved under emergency use and results won’t be known for a while.

            Might pay to slow up on pushing their wares and promoting fear of the segregated now, unless they pay you of course. We all have to make a living while they make a killing I guess.

            And funny how children can pick up on things, our youngest found it strange that some of the experts on the idiot box giving “covid” health advice, are the size of 2 people. The impact & severity of covid on obese persons, one of many elephants in the room nobody talks about!

            Someone might get offended perhaps, or worse, fast food and pharma profits could reduce along with political donations. The circular economy hey.

            Stay healthy Liz, you’re more reliable than the sermons from the church of pharma and their products!

          • Gee thanks Steve, you don’t do a bad job yourself in the reliability stakes.

            Not only are the epidemiologists on the payroll of big pharma they’re FAT‼️ How dare they think they can speak with any authority about disease‼️

  4. Difficult days ahead?
    And in the past and in the present and maybe in the fire’s future.
    Premier, there is no toilet paper …. anywhere.
    The shelves are bare.

    • So it’s funny ending up in an ICU? Such regard for humanity. Remember though if somebody tries to sell you something claiming that it is 100% effective, be VERY dubious. Have you not had this, plus some statistical analysis, explained to you before? 🥱🥱🥱😴

    • The jab does stop you from getting it, or at least getting extremely sick and dying from suffocating, in most cases. The vaccinated 90% of the population are providing 50% of ICU patients, while the unvacinated 10% are providing the other 50 %. How can you misrepresent the facts? And how can you deny that amongst those that have got vaccinated that there is a significant number that have saved their own lives by being vaccinated.

  5. Apart from Ghouls & dunny-paper & the new Cypris Deltacron plus Wizards
    on-the-run, it’s another wholesome day in the Northern Rivers of Time.

  6. There’s a few ideas floating in this article.
    Here’s one.
    “So what is the jab for again?”
    Putting it simply vaccinations are doing their job. They are keeping (particularly elderly) people
    out of ICU and reducing the severity of the COVID disease.
    The death numbers don t reveal the true story.
    Very sad to see NSW Health (18th Jan) announced the deaths of 36 people with COVID-19.
    Of these, four were under 65 yo.
    Three of the four were unvaccinated.
    The other deaths were people in their70s, 80s and 90s.
    This shows the pattern of the Covid pandemic around the world
    WHO says it is a Pandemic of the;
    UK experience shows that vaccination;
    Reduces the chance of the 80-89 yo age gr dying in ICU by up to 23 times
    Compared to unvaccinated in the same age group
    2021 UNVACCINATED Covid deaths in ICU compared to total ICU patients -US,UK, Ph (@ourworldindata);
    US 85.6%
    Philippines 93.49%
    UK 83%
    In Australia as of 12th Jan(NSW HEALTH)
    62% of ICU Covid deaths are unvaccinated
    6% of population is unvaccinated in AUSTRALIA
    So, with only 6% of population the unvaccinated have 62% of deaths from Covid
    Is there any country that is an exception to this trend?
    Mmmhh…… Nahhh
    “So what is the jab for again?”


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