Australia Covid live update: Queensland braces for more cases on first full day of lockdown; Victoria records four new cases
Queensland authorities expect case numbers and exposure sites to grow today as three million across the state begin their first full day in lockdown; Victoria has recorded four new local cases. Follow all the day’s news
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Will NSW consider putting limits on how many people can work in freight or distribution businesses at any one time, as Victoria did during its second wave outbreak last year?
Hazzard says they would “consider anything on the basis of the advice that we get from our health team, our public health team and the broader health team”.
But I made the point yesterday that the larger logistics companies, the larger distribution centres — so, the Woolworths, the Coles, the Aldis, the major food providers for the whole state — those distribution centres have Covid-safe plans and they’re complying and they’re doing an extremely good job. It’s the smaller facilities that are challenging…
What we’re seeing is, in some of the smaller facilities, they don’t seem to comply as well as the bigger facilities. So, we’re looking at how we can try and strengthen the surveillance and the messaging to get those companies to understand you must comply with the Covid-safe plans. It’s not there just for you to play around with, it’s for you to comply with.
NSW health minister Brad Hazzard is on Insiders this morning. Host David Speers starts by asking why the NSW government has not applied a consistent set of rules across greater Sydney.
Look, I think the difficulty is that everybody has got a view on this. What we do know is that when we locked down the Northern Beaches over Christmas/New Year, there was a high level of compliance and it worked. We found a high level of compliance in the eastern suburbs.
We are finding it more challenging (in the western suburbs) … I mean, the community there has an incredible multicultural mix, it’s a very vibrant community, but they do come from countries where they don’t — they haven’t built up trust in government.
No… We already have requirements that everybody stay at home, David, in Sydney. You can only leave for essential reasons, and they’re pretty common across the country. But certainly in these eight local government areas, it’s very challenging. So, we’re trying to strike the balance, and I think the balance is appropriate.