Sweeping claims made by the Victorian Premier suggesting the corona-virus is “under control” does not reflect the lived experience of some small rural communities according to Victorian Liberal MP Richard Riordan.
While most of regional Victoria has remained corona-virus free despite record-breaking numbers of new cases in Melbourne, the small town of Colac in the state’s south-west recently reported 27 new cases, a quarter of all cases in regional Victoria. Of these cases, 13 have been linked to an abattoir outbreak at the Australian Lamb Company.
Describing the situation in Colac, Mr Riordan said within the last five days, the town had moved from zero cases to become the largest rural outbreak in the state and the people impacted were yet to be contacted by the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria (DHHS).
He said the lack of DHHS action was particularly galling in light of Premier Andrews’ press conference on Wednesday where he stood up and said, “we’ve got all the resources, we’ve got all the equipment we need, we can do 1,000 people a day”.
“There are 100 year 12 students in my town who have not yet been contacted or followed up by this government,” he told Sky News host Rita Panahi.
“If this is the way they are going to treat rural and regional Victoria, then we all have a very big problem ahead”.