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Thread #167504   Message #4130949
Posted By: Sandra in Sydney
04-Jan-22 - 09:07 AM
Thread Name: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
meanwhile in Australia - ‘A shambolic mess’: the only example Australia is giving the world now is how not to manage Covid, by Dr Kerryn Phelps. We thought the government would develop a Covid strategy for post-lockdown life. Instead, they have chosen to ‘let it rip’ Where did it all go wrong?

How did Australia go from being the envy of the world with our best practice public health measures, low case numbers, a prepared health system and an economy ticking along nicely to what can only be described as a shambolic mess?

... With the new New South Wales premier, Dominic Perrottet, in charge, the chief health officer Kerry Chant was sidelined as the new policy to “let it rip” was rolled out ... In one previously unimaginable act, the premier, in a double act with (Prime Minister) Scott Morrison, announced a lifting of all restrictions including mandatory mask wearing and QR code check-ins.

Despite the warnings that the health system was under pressure and that party season was about to kick off, the message to the community was: “Go out there and spend, head to the pub and get back to normal.”

... As the holiday period approached, many testing facilities would be closed down with little warning, leading to queues stretching for kilometres and waiting times blowing out to hours. In some cases, ill people waited in their cars overnight. Results were taking five or six days to be reported.

... We were all told to go and get rapid antigen tests (RATs). The government resisted providing the tests for free as the UK had done, with Morrison saying he “did not want to undercut businesses”.
When a journalist specifically put to him that “not everyone can afford rapid antigen tests”, the PM casually replied: “Some people can, some people can’t.”
In another throwaway comment that will not age well, he said: “We’re at a stage of the pandemic where you just can’t make everything free.”

... The minimalist approach to pandemic control has hurt businesses more than it has helped, with many cancellations at restaurants and hospitality venues. Supermarkets are now struggling with supplies because employees at every stage of the supply chain are becoming ill. (read on)

covid testing queues & delayed results
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My cousin is a manager of a pathology unit in a large hospital & like all her colleagues in the medical world across Australia is overworked & stressed trying to deal with staff absences & massive volumes of tests. Our plan was to meet up after Christmas ...