‘It went from Sydney to Melbourne pretty quickly’: Dan Andrews takes another swipe at rival Gladys Berejiklian as he brags his ‘hard and early’ lockdown will free the Victorians sooner
- Daniel Andrews made another subtle swipe at the New South Wales premiere
- Mr Andrews defended his decision to plunge the state into a five-day lockdown
- He said during the press conference that Victoria was dealing with ‘Sydney problems’
- Mr Andrews has taken swipes at an outbreak in the past, calling it ‘Sydney raid’
Daniel Andrews has once again lashed out at the Prime Minister of New South Wales over the Covid outbreak that has spread from Sydney and infected dozens of Victorians.
The state prime minister made the subtle dig at Gladys Berejiklian as he defended his state into a quick five-day lockdown – compared to the lengthy Sydney shutdown.
“It’s an easy thing and a small task for this virus to get from one side of Victoria to the other,” he said at a news conference on Sunday.
“It went pretty quickly from Sydney to Melbourne.”
Daniel Andrews has lashed out at the Prime Minister of New South Wales over the Sydney outbreak that has spread and wreaked havoc in Victoria
Regional Victorians had hoped to get out of lockdown earlier, with most cases of the outbreak linked to Melbourne and surrounding suburbs.
Their hopes were dashed on Sunday after the state reported 17 new cases, including a man in his 30s from Mildura, 540 km northwest of Melbourne.
Andrews said the next 48 hours will be crucial in determining whether the restrictions will be lifted in time as his state grapples with ‘Sydney’s problems’.
“A problem anywhere is potentially a problem everywhere,” he said. ‘And that’s the reality we live in.
‘Sydney problems have become challenges here, and if there is a problem in Melbourne there is every reason to believe that we need to be very conservative in our approach to parts of regional Victoria.
“I know it’s incredibly frustrating for people who are far from Melbourne, but that virus can reach you, as we can see with this Mildura case.
“With the participation of the Victorian community, painful and challenging, but a five day short is better than a longer one.”
The state prime minister did the subtle dig at Gladys Berejiklian when he defended his state being shut down for five days in a snap on Friday
It is not the first time the Victoria Prime Minister has let go of his NSW counterpart during the daily Covid-19 press conference.
On Friday, he called the outbreak the “Sydney raid” and accused it of forcing his state into the fifth lockdown since the pandemic began in 2020.
“I know and understand that this is not easy,” he said. “Nobody wants to be locked up.
“But we had no choice and these extra cases overnight and especially some of the context of these cases confirms to all Victorians, I think, that we had to make that difficult decision.”
Mr Andrews claimed it was better to have a short shutdown than a long one – such as the one in NSW which was extended until at least the end of July.
Andrews said the next 48 hours would be crucial in determining whether the restrictions would be lifted in time as his state struggled with ‘Sydney’s problems’
On Friday, Mr Andrews referred to the outbreak as the “Sydney raid” and blamed it for forcing his state into the fifth lockdown since the pandemic began in 2020.
“We’ve done it before and we’ve done it before with the Delta variants,” he said. “We can do it again and we will do it again.”
We are all working as hard as we can to make this lockdown as short as possible, five days.
“That’s certainly better than five weeks or five months.”
On June 26, Ms Berejiklian introduced a two-week lockdown in the Sydney area after more than 80 cases were linked to an outbreak of the Delta variant.
The lockdown has since been extended with the virus rampant in southwestern Sydney and the state is registering a staggeringly high number of cases every day – peaking at 112 on Monday.