Lisa Wilkinson SLAMS self-congratulating Sydneysiders for ‘forgetting’ about the coronavirus pandemic as she predicts Scott Morrison will ‘regret’ congratulating New South Wales for its low case numbers
- The Project host Lisa Wilkinson was critical of Prime Minister Scott Morrison
- She accused the PM and Sydney residents of ‘forgetting’ about the pandemic
- 17 new cases Covid cases emerged in Sydney on Thursday on northern beaches
In an extraordinary outburst, Wilkinson also said Sydney residents should stop patting themselves on the back and ignoring the pandemic.
‘I feel that complacency has started to creep in within NSW and it’s scary,’ Wilkinson said on The Project on Thursday night.
‘I think the Prime Minister will live to regret saying he ‘never worries about NSW.’
‘We have been sort of rolling along thinking ‘gee, haven’t we done well.
‘Well it turns out it (pandemic) is definitely still out there with people passing it on.
‘I think we kind of forgot we were living in a pandemic.’
It comes after 17 new cases emerged in Sydney on Thursday on the northern beaches, with 250,000 residents from the Spit Bridge up to Palm Beach now potentially at risk.
NSW Health urged Northern Beaches residents ‘to assist contact tracing and contain any potential spread of COVID-19’ by self isolating at home for at least the next three days on Thursday evening.
Residents have been advised to work from home, not to visit elderly relatives, avoid unnecessary gatherings, keep to household groups and avoid unnecessary travel, including travel to high-risk venues like restaurants, cafés and bars.
Complicating matters is a reported power blackout in parts of the Northern Beaches as of Thursday night, leaving thousands without electricity as they isolate.
In response to the spike in new cases, both Queensland and Western Australia have again imposed restrictions on NSW residents travelling to their states.
The new directions to self-isolate and travel restrictions on NSW residents come after the flurry announced on the Northern Beaches at 6pm on Thursday.
The latest case is the partner of an aged care worker from Pittwater Palms, a retirement village in Avalon, who also tested positive on Thursday.
A drummer in his 60s from Frenchs Forest whose band Nothing Too Serious played at Avalon RSL Club and who ‘travelled extensively’ also tested positive on Thursday.
Two other venues his band visited, Penrith RSL and Kirribilli Club, have been put on alert as well amid fears he was infectious when he performed.
NSW chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant said investigations are underway to track down the source of the infection, which has been linked to the Avalon RSL club.
Dr Chant has urged anyone who was at the club at any time on December 11 to come forward for testing.
It comes after an infected couple from Avalon refused to self-isolate after getting tested for coronavirus, instead visiting nine venues across the northern beaches.
The couple – a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s – were also at the Avalon RSL club on December 11.
Dr Chant also said the northern beaches outbreak was likely new and not part of an existing cluster, revealing recent sewage surveillance in the area had come back negative.