Mark McGowan has taken a new grave in New South Wales over his handling of the pandemic, on the eve of an emergency meeting of the National Cabinet convened by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
About 11,201 new COVID cases were reported in NSW on Wednesday, almost double the state’s previous record and only 53 less than the number registered nationwide on Tuesday.
After being questioned about cases on the East Coast, WA’s premieres set the stage for a frosty reception from NSW officials on Thursday by firing a fresh grenade aimed at their tactics to deal with the health crisis.
“The good thing about watching NSW is that you can learn what not to do. They’ve chopped and switched on stitches, they’ve chopped and changed everything, really,” he said.
“By watching NSW you can see what works and what doesn’t work. In general, it works, they do not, so you work from – ‘do not do what NSW does’.”
It is the latest chapter in the saga between the two leaders, where NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet previously called Mr. McGowan “Gollum of Australian politics”.
The prime minister has advanced the meeting of the national cabinet while people fight for tests, meet hours in queues, and COVID cases rise to record highs daily in four states.
The National Cabinet will meet to discuss a range of issues related to the “Omicron effect” and the strain an increasing virus case has placed on the nation’s test and health regimes.
This includes potential changes in the definition of what constitutes close contact and the appropriate trigger points for isolating health and hospitality staff – as well as updated guidelines on when people should take a test.
Sir. Morrison said the definition of close contact, according to the health chief’s advice, could change to someone who is only a household contact in a confirmed case – or someone who has spent more than four hours with someone in a nursing home. setting.
He said this was to help free people from unnecessary isolation demands.
Well over 18,000 COVID cases were reported across Australia on Wednesday, when WA discovered two new local infections associated with a French backpacker traveling from Queensland.
One was a close contact to the unvaccinated 25-year-old index case, who was also at a busy event at Perth Mess Hall along with many other travelers 10 days ago.
The second infection is another backpacker who has likely been in contact with infected backpackers, Prime Minister Mark McGowan told reporters on Wednesday.
Contact trackers had identified 704 close contacts with 50 still to be tested, he said.
With AAP and NCA