Some Victorians are waiting up to six to seven days for their COVID-19 tests results back, hindering the state’s ability to suppress the novel coronavirus, according to Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell.
Victoria recorded 357 new COVID cases yesterday, with 37 linked to outbreaks while 320 are under investigation. There are now 229 people in hospital, including 42 patients in intensive care, while tragically 61 Victorians have succumbed to the disease.
Mr Clennell said some Victorian communities are taking matters into their own hands.
"The local Liberal state MP in the Colac region is Richard Riordan, he told me yesterday that people are waiting six to seven days to be identified as a close contact and the same amount of time for test results,” Mr Clennell said.
“Ultimately the community has had to take the matter into their own hands. "With the local abattoir identifying a case, the federal government got involved deploying the private sector for testing workers from there even before the state health department got involved last week.” Mr Clennell said authorities across Australia are concerned the Melbourne outbreak will endanger the economy.
“I also want to reveal that the NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller recently told his troops on the NSW Victorian border operation that they could be there until the end of the year,” he said.
“NSW is still petrified that the Victorian outbreak will spread and endanger their economy and plenty of ministers in the federal government are concerned that could drag down the entire national economy.
“My understanding is shutdowns in NSW are seen by Gladys Berejiklian’s government as an absolute last resort and they would go to compulsory masks and other such measures first if outbreaks got worse in Sydney.”