NSW premier says cases will rise but ‘no alternative’ as restrictions ease

By Jackson Graham

Monday October 11, 2021

Perrottet said it had been a long 100 days in lockdown and vaccination rates had allowed the state to relax its restrictions.  
Perrottet said it had been a long 100 days in lockdown and vaccination rates had allowed the state to relax its restrictions. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

As NSW exits 106 days of lockdown, its new premier, Dominic Perrottet, says cases will rise but there is “no alternative” to beginning to live with coronavirus. 

It came as the state recorded 496 new cases and Victoria recorded 1612 cases.

Double-vaccinated people in NSW can now have 10 inoculated visitors in their home plus children under 12, while retail, hospitality, gyms and sporting facilities venues can reopen with density limitations. 

Perrottet said it had been a long 100 days in lockdown and vaccination rates had allowed the state to relax its restrictions.  

“Yes case numbers will increase, hospitalisations will as well but we have invested significant amounts in our health system,” he told Today on Monday morning. 

“We have to open up, we have to live alongside the virus, there is no alternative to doing that.” 

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said at the weekend she was satisfied the health advice was being considered. 

“The revised road map changes were formulated in the usual way where public health advice is put on the table,” she said. 

“I note that some of the changes are clearly very low risk.” 

Perrottet said suggestions that Chant did not support changes the government made last week to remove more restrictions than planned were baseless. 

“We have a very strong relationship. I’m not sure where that’s come from,” he said. “We will continue to work very slowly together as we move through this period of time.”

Australian Medical Association president Omar Khorshid said in a statement the association was concerned by the shift in approach to managing the pandemic in NSW last week. 

“The AMA is concerned that the decisions taken in NSW since the change of leadership signal a very different approach to that taken under the leadership of former premier Gladys Berejiklian,” Khorshid said. 

“The AMA supports opening-up, but it must be done wisely and cautiously, with the ability to pause and assess the impact of lifting restrictions, before moving to the next stage. To do otherwise risks far too much.” 

Vaccinated people in NSW will be required to prove their inoculation status but this will need to be done via their Medicare App or with a virtual or hardcopy certificate through Services Australia. 

Asked about the challenges, Perrottet said a trial to integrate people’s vaccination status into the Services NSW app was still under way.  

“Hopefully shortly you will be able to have a seamless transition with your services NSW app connected with that federal government data, so when you do check in on your QR code it will also show your vaccination status,” he said.


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