The Age reports: NSW Police Minister David Elliott says other premiers, including Victoria’s Daniel Andrews, have over-reacted to the situation in NSW.
“I’m actually quite personally disappointed [with the decision],” he told Sky News. “We only closed the border with Victoria when [they] were in the hundreds [of cases], and we went from 18 to 10 yesterday.”
In fact, there are now 170 cases in NSW, which means that numbers are growing exponentially. This is a sure sign that the virus is taking hold in the New South Wales population.
The NSW Health Department website reported that there were 109 cases of COVID-19 reported in NSW with a symptom onset date in week ending 19 December. Of these, two-thirds (73/109) were locally-acquired infections.
David Elliot maybe disappointed but, what is more disappointing is that he, or his department, don’t seem to be able to get the numbers right. This only creates confusion and ultimately undermines the credibility of the health authorities.
Given that the current rising numbers in Victoria appears to be a result of someone travelling from New South Wales, he can be reassured that the people who live in Melbourne will be very happy with this restriction.
This growth rate will continue until the most stringent of quarantine conditions are imposed on the Greater Sydney area as a bare minimum.