Scott Morrison goes on a family vacation again after a disastrous vacation in Hawaii during wildfires
Scott Morrison is going on a short vacation with his wife and children next week – eight months after being criticized for visiting Hawaii during the worst forest fire season Australia had ever experienced.
During his press conference on Friday to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, the prime minister revealed that he had taken a trip to ‘the suburbs of Sydney’ next week.
A crisis is now underway in Victoria, with a record 288 coronavirus cases confirmed Friday in the locked state, the highest for any Australian state during the pandemic.
But Mr. Morrison assured the public that he would still work through Zoom and conference calls during the trip.
“As you know, it’s a school vacation and Jenny and the girls are spending some time in the suburbs of Sydney,” he said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) at the launch of the Pacific Skills Portal at the Pacific Islands Forum in August. Mr. Morrison has announced that he is going on vacation with the family
COVID-19 cases in Victoria have risen to 288 new cases on Friday in the past three weeks
“But given the changing critical situation we have in Victoria, I’m not going to sit there full-time. I will not be next to the tasks I have all day.
“We have technology that will allow me to continue to conduct briefings, phone calls and meetings to deal with the situation, whether it be Victoria or other situations in the country.
The prime minister said that while he was not with his family for the entire two weeks of vacation, it was important that he still spent time with wife Jenny and children Abbey and Lily.
“As a father, I will take some time, but at the same time I can assure you that we will remain absolutely focused on the things we need to focus on next week,” he added.
A photo of a group of Australian tourists claiming to be Prime Minister Scott Morrison (second from right) appeared on social media as his office declined to confirm where he was on vacation
A firefighter takes burn protection measures (pictured) to protect residential areas from encroaching fires in the Central Coast on December 10
In mid-December 2019, Mr. Morrison was widely criticized for his decision to take a trip to Hawaii during the height of the bushfire crisis.
But the bulk of the complaints seemed to stem from the secrecy surrounding his escape, with his office refusing to reveal his whereabouts at one point.
Mr. Morrison paid for his vacation in person, but was accompanied by guards whose flights and accommodation were paid for by the taxpayer.
Given the increasing setback, Mr. Morrison initially doubled his insistence that he was entitled to the vacation.
“It’s not easy to come back, but I’ll do it as soon as possible,” Mr. Morrison told the 2 GB Hawaii radio.
“I know Australians will understand this, and they’ll be happy to come back … but they know I know I don’t have a snake buddy.”
Mr Morrison went on an unannounced vacation with his family in December 2019. (Pictured with his wife, Jenny, Abbey Abbey and Lily and his mother Marion)
Speaking at his press conference on Friday to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Morrison (pictured) revealed he had taken a trip to ‘the Sydney suburbs’ next week
Mr. Morrison later apologized for the cause.
His approval score since the trip to Hawaii has skyrocketed due to his imperturbable approach to the corona virus crisis.
Mr Morrison said he would return to Canberra next week, but he wanted to assure the public that he would continue to work hard to protect the Australians from behind closed doors on his journey.
“Just because I’m not in front of a camera doesn’t mean I’m not at my desk or doing what I have to do every day,” he said.
Mr. Morrison’s decision to go to Hawaii during the forest fire crisis sparked outrage on social media, with Twitter users beating him for his leadership and lack of empathy
Mr. Morrison also took the opportunity to thank Victorians for their efforts to stop a second wave of coronavirus from spreading.
Huge parts of the state have entered a second round of COVID-19-related locks after nearly four weeks of unacceptably high new diagnoses.
On Friday, the state government announced another 288 new cases – the highest daily peak for any state.
Of those cases, only 26 are linked to known outbreaks, while as many as 262 are under investigation, indicating that the virus is widely spread.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the numbers will deteriorate in the coming days and warned that the six-week shutdown in Melbourne could be extended.
“It would always get worse before it got better,” he said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison with wife Jenny (pictured together) on a previous trip
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 9,059
New South Wales: 3453
Western Australia: 627
South Australia: 443
Australian Capital Territory: 112
Northern Territory: 30
TOTAL CASES: 9,059
CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 962
“The best response to these numbers, and the worse numbers they’re likely to follow, is that all Victorians are playing their part.”
Mr. Andrews said the number of cases was so high because 37,000 tests were being conducted.
“We are doing more tests than ever, not by a small margin, but by a huge margin,” he said.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the 288 figure was “ugly” and expected the numbers to rise the following week.
“We will see the consequences of the closure in the next one to two weeks,” he said.
For the first time in the pandemic, Mr. Andrews told the Melbourne residents who were locked up for essential reasons to wear a mask when leaving their home.
The total of 288 is the highest ever recorded by a state. The previous record was 212 new cases at NSW on March 28 during the pandemic peak in Australia.
Many of these were repeat travelers and their close contacts, meaning the Victoria outbreak is far more dangerous and a “threat to the nation” as things spread quickly among the local community.
Twenty-six new cases are linked to known outbreaks, and the source of the rest is being investigated (pictured, response personnel are throwing trash in Melbourne on Friday)