Premier Gladys Berejiklian today alleged a record 172 new COVID cases, while not responding to CDC revealing tests used to detect the virus were flawed
Premier Gladys Berejiklian today alleged 172 new COVID cases that may necessitate an extension of Sydney's lockdown and state of emergency beyond Saturday.
According to Ms Berejiklian, there are currently 169 people batting the virus in hospital with 46 in the ICU and 19 on ventilation.
The Premier reiterated the lockdown would not be lifted until the number of people infected in the community gets 'close to zero'.
Ms Berejiklian has yet to acknowledge a recent statement on the CDC website admitting the PCR tests used in Australia to detect active COVID-19 cases are flawed and to be replaced.
The admission confirms what many who researched the tests have known for some time, that the tests don't work in the application of diagnosing COVID-19, particularly in people who show no symptoms.
Ms Berejiklian fiercely rejected any suggestions her decisions on lockdown were 'insufficient' or 'wrong' given case numbers were rising despite the lockdown
'I know it’s really difficult not to speculate, but … I’m hoping to make those announcements as early as tomorrow, to give people plenty of notice', Ms Berejiklian said.
'We have our own course here in NSW, we have a mission to keep our community safe but also to make sure we can look forward to living life more freely'.
'Clearly we're not at that stage yet… we will look to have our community stay as safe as possible and provide those freedoms as quickly as we can, but we're not there yet'.
In a press conference late last week, Ms Berejiklian fiercely rejected any suggestions her decisions on lockdown were 'insufficient' or 'wrong' given case numbers were rising despite the lockdown.
'I completely reject that,' Ms Berejiklian said.
'What it shows is had we not taken the action when we did you just look at any other country on the planet … we have countries or jurisdictions with smaller populations than ours having thousands and thousands of cases every single day'.
She claimed the case numbers could have been far higher if the lockdown had not been imposed.
'The fact that it’s not thousands should give us a degree of comfort because that’s what it could have been,” Ms Berejiklian said.
'We now have a situation where we desperately need to get the number of infections in the community down, and we know that’s not all up to us'.