Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk seemed baffled that mandatory tests catch asymptomatic cases of coronavirus during a television interview.
The prime minister appeared in The Project on Monday when host Carrie Bickmore asked her if she supported mandatory tests for aged care workers.
The question came after a Rockhampton nurse tested positive for coronavirus last week, locking up a retirement home and putting more than 40 nurses in isolation.
“I think it comes down to something even more fundamental than that (mandatory tests) and that is clear when you are sick you should stay at home,” said the prime minister.
Project co-host Waleed Aly then asked about people’s problem with the virus, but shows no symptoms.
“It’s worse than that because you can have asymptomatic cases,” he said.
“Isn’t that the problem? People can take all necessary precautions – without the tests are you open to things like this? ‘
“Yes, absolutely,” Mrs. Palaszczuk replied confidently.
“I agree and there is a lot of testing, I’m very happy with our test rates, I think we’ve done 150,000 in Queensland, and now we’re doing additional testing,” she said – before urging people “if they have symptoms to be tested.
Carrie Bickmore then asked if she would approve mandatory tests for aged care centers.
“Well, like you said, mandatory testing isn’t necessarily pickable if you’re asymptomatic so you can have a test and you can still be positive, but I think the problem here is a little different,” said the prime minister.
Aly looked startled and concerned, then intervened.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk seemed confused by questions that people without symptoms can be a problem – after urging symptomatic people to be tested
The host of the project, Carrie Bickmore, began by asking whether the Prime Minister supported the compulsory testing of retirement home visitors, following a coronavirus case at a retirement home in Rockhampton
“Sorry, isn’t that exactly what the testing would do?” he asked.
“So if you trust people to bring up symptoms, you’re definitely not going to pick up asymptomatic people – but if you test someone who walks into the facility, you will pick up asymptomatic people and then it stops at the source. ‘
Mrs. Palaszczuk faltered.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,060
New South Wales: 3,076
Western Australia: 554
South Australia: 439
Australian Capital Territory: 107
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 7060
“Yes, look, I like to watch that,” she said, before going into detail about the Rockhampton nurse who came to work after getting a test and showing symptoms.
Social media users were unimpressed that the Prime Minister had no plan for potential asymptomatic spreaders in nursing homes.
“The Premiers’ lack of knowledge of the details (or even a policy stance) about testing and asymptomatic people in health professions was staggering,” Tim Robinson tweeted.
“Freudian slip or not … disturbing.”
Twitter user Heath Wild said, “Wow … not cool.”
Asymptomatic means NO symptoms, testing is important to accommodate people without symptoms who can still spread Covid-19. However, Waleed’s face was invaluable. ‘
Other Twitter users jumped into the prime minister’s defense.
“Of course she knows,” wrote Twitter user David.
“She’s been dealing with it for months. It was just an error in an interview. To grow up.’
Queensland Health has said there will be an independent investigation into how the nurse continued to work with coronavirus in a retirement home in Rockhampton, showing symptoms.
Twitter users laughed at Waleed Aly’s baffled yet worried facial expression
The North Rockhampton Nursing Center, in central Queensland, is closed
“We want to understand exactly how it happened, what went wrong, why it went wrong and how we can make sure it never happens again,” Queensland health minister Steven Miles told ABC on Sunday.
More than 40 nurses who worked in the same department as the nurse who tested positive have been isolated and have all tested negative so far.
They will remain isolated for two weeks in case they show symptoms leading to a retest.
The 35 residents of the retirement home were moved to other facilities in Rockhampton over the weekend so they could get private rooms.
Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia rose to 7,060 on Monday with 1,057 cases in Queensland.