Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has again demanded a ‘ring of steel’ around Sydney as he vowed to ban NSW residents from his state.
Mr Andrews announced Tuesday that Victoria would end the lockdown at 11:59pm with just 10 Covid cases, while Sydney’s are up 172.
The Prime Minister reinforced the hard border with NSW and stated that it would remain so until the Sydney outbreak was over, or closed to his satisfaction.
He boasted that he didn’t think there was a “jurisdiction in the world” fighting two Delta-type outbreaks and giving NSW honest advice.
“My views on border regulations are known, I argued the case and made the comments to the national cabinet on Friday,” he said.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has again demanded a ‘ring of steel’ around Sydney as he vowed to do everything he could to keep NSW out of state
“I have no control over what happens there, I can only wish NSW a speedy recovery.”
The Prime Minister said there would be a possibility in time for Victoria Sydney to provide some support to ease the burden on contact tracers.
Andrews also said the local councils of Wagga Wagga, Hay, Lockhart and Murrumbidgee will not be included in Victoria’s travel bubble for at least two weeks.
“I don’t like essentially shutting those four communities out of Victoria, but there’s a refusal to lock people up in Sydney, so I have no choice but to make these changes,” Andrews said.
The mood soon became tense when a reporter asked why the Prime Minister had not personally informed NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian of his decision.
‘I’ve had a busy morning, so has she. My views on these matters are well known. I’ve been too busy to pick up the phone today,” a grumpy Mr Andrews replied.
The curt prime minister said he was not there to apologize for not reaching out to Ms Berejiklian, saying that “honestly it wasn’t my top priority.”
Mr Andrews announced Tuesday that Victoria would end its lockdown period at 11:59pm that evening as Covid-19 cases in Sydney hit a record high of 172
Daniel Andrews has proudly boasted that he didn’t think there was a ‘jurisdiction in the world’ that had fought two Delta outbreaks and given NSW honest advice
When asked whether the idea of a ‘ring of steel’ around Sydney was positively received by the National Cabinet, Mr Andrews shrugged and replied ‘obviously not’.
“Well, not from the person who really matters,” he said, in reference to Ms Berejiklian.
The Victorian leader said that while there were discussions about citywide restrictions in Sydney and its infamous ‘ring of steel’, he was only offering advice on what worked in his state.
“It is through painful, tragic and bitter experiences that we can advise others on what has really worked,” complained Mr Andrews.
“Victorians can speak with authority and tragedy, which is why we make these respectful recommendations to others.
“It worked here and there’s a good chance it could work there too. They have a different view and that’s fine.
“They will be barred from our state as long as they hold that opinion, or they will be released from their case—whichever is sooner.”
Mr Andrews said there was clearly no positive reception to his suggestion of a ‘ring of steel’ around Sydney to the national cabinet on Friday, citing the NSW Premier
The Victorian Prime Minister said his state’s licensing system and the border bubble with NSW had tightened today, after the virus was discovered 75 miles from Sydney’s CBD
He was quick to point out that he was not the only prime minister with advice for NSW, citing Mark McGowan in WA who also demanded that the state impose similar restrictions.
Andrews assured the Victorians that he would continue to make tough decisions despite how they might “offend” other Australian states.
The Prime Minister said his state’s licensing system and the border bubble with NSW were tightened today, after the virus was discovered 120km from Sydney’s CBD.
Mr Andrews again used the example last July of his state’s strict ‘ring of steel’ protecting not just regional Victoria but the whole country.
“It’s from a place of wisdom that comes from that tragedy that we’ve summoned for those things,” he said, insisting he wasn’t triumphant or boastful.
‘A steel ring will work. It will. And that’s why I asked for it. The NSW government has a different view.
“I would respectfully say to the NSW Government that you are not making decisions for NSW alone. You make decisions for the whole country.’
When asked whether vaccinations instead of a steel ring would be more efficient at ending the outbreak, Mr Andrews again referred to his modeling request.
The Victorian Prime Minister continues to ask the NSW government to present a potential strategy for vaccinating the Covid-ravaged west of Sydney in exchange for a donation of vaccine doses
The Prime Minister continues to ask the NSW government to devise a strategy for vaccinating the Covid-ravaged west of Sydney in exchange for vaccine doses.
On Monday, Mr Andrews said he would like to talk about sharing any or all of the resources with Sydney, but wanted evidence that a vaccine donation would make a ‘material difference’.
‘We simply don’t have a vaccine stock to be able to vaccinate ourselves from this. Sorry, haven’t been for months,” he added on Tuesday.
He said he had supported Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to reject the request to cancel all GP appointments in Sydney to channel more Pfizer doses to mass vaccination centers.
When asked what evidence he had to prove the effectiveness of his controversial ‘ring of steel’, Mr Andrews said the number of cases has fallen from thousands to hundreds.
“Anyway, I’m not here to talk about Sydney,” the Prime Minister said, adding that Victorians should be thankful for ending the state-wide lockdown.
This was after more than 10 minutes of non-stop talking about Sydney.
It comes as Sydney registered 172 new local Covid-19 cases and two deaths on Tuesday, with 60 of the cases in the community while contagious
In an alarming sign that the Sydney outbreak has spread to regional NSW, five of the cases were recorded on the central coast – more than 75 miles from the port city
Sydney recorded 172 new local Covid-19 cases and two deaths on Tuesday, with 60 of the cases in the community being contagious.
In an alarming sign that the outbreak has spread from Sydney to regional NSW, five of the cases were recorded on the Central Coast – more than 120km from the port city.
NSW Health also confirmed the deaths of two residents from Covid-19 – both of which were announced Monday. Neither of them had been vaccinated against the virus.
The deaths bring the number of Covid-related fatalities during the Delta outbreak in Sydney to 10.
Meanwhile, Victoria registered a further 10 local cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday morning, all of which had been isolated during their contagious period.
VICTORIA’S NEW RESTRICTIONS AFTER LOCKDOWN ENDS ON TUESDAY AT 11:59 PM
– No visitors to houses
– The 5 km limit will be completely lifted
– Catering, shops and gyms are allowed to open again, but there are limits of one person per 4 square meters
– Students and teachers return to the classrooms on Wednesday woensdag
– Gyms reopen, community sports and dance classes resume
– Ski fields are open, but holidaymakers need a negative test to enter
– Families can only go on holiday with their family members
– Mouthmasks remain mandatory inside and outside