A tragic day but NSW COVID-19 strategy is about right

The Herald's View: A tragic day but NSW COVID-19 strategy is about right

21/01/2022 12:09:00 PM

The Herald's View: A tragic day but NSW COVID-19 strategy is about right

The toll of 46 dead is a blow but the Premier is right, there are reassuring signs we are easing past the worst of the Omicron wave.

TheSome will ask how Mr Perrottet could reasonably claim that there was anything positive about the figures. His rhetoric will sound to some like just more political spin.Based on the experience of past waves and the Omicron wave in other countries, the fall in hospitalisations is a leading indicator for deaths and they will start to stabilise and decline soon, too. Unfortunately, it could take weeks.

It gives confidence that the health system will withstand the storm and continue, thanks to the heroic work of doctors and nurses, to offer high levels of care.The effect of the vaccine booster program should start to be felt in the next few weeks. The state is now administering booster vaccines to about 80,000 people a day and about a quarter of the population is already protected.

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Just blame Novak! It is the australian way... Yep, stupidity is a right and NSW wins hands down. Congratulations. Utter rubbish Really ? So why didn't Domicron and scovid say this was their plan. ScottyFromEugenics DomFromEugenics LNPFromEugenics Will the SMH still support this strategy at 80 deaths per day?

The Heralds View seems to be downright BS Really!! ScottMorrisonMP is missing inaction. abcnews abc730 GregHuntMP bbcworldservice AusPol2022 COVID19Aus auspol profitsb4people They claimed that covid is peaked, in reality that’s why covid infection is coming down. because there’s no test kit RAT to buy and most of the PCR testing sites are closed.

Who are you to decide what's 'about right'? Only idiots would read a one-eyed rag. NO credibility. NO integrity. But it's a pay-packet, yeah?

NSW sets grim new COVID-19 death recordHospitalisations and intensive care admissions have slightly fallen again but deaths in New South Wales reached a grim record on Friday. It is beyond ridiculous to say that we’ve reached the peak of Omicron as reported case numbers are dropping. They are dropping because of RAT tests and relying on people to self-report. It’s government spin as these numbers ‘suit’ them better. Look at death rates 🤦‍♂️ This is just the beginning & when not if the masses join the dots their will & to quote a phrase - Be blood in the streets ) As more & more people loose loved ones due to the ignorance & arrogance of small minds in positions of what little power they have strived to hold 💔

It was not for DoPe to claim that he sees some positive signs. That credit goes to people of NSW who took personal responsibility to isolate themselves for the sake of the community when this stupid premier allowed the virus to spread by removing all restrictions in one go. This editorial is disgraceful. You should be ashamed writing such a thing on a day when 46 people of NSW lost their lives to Covid-19. Since 15/12/2021, over 400 people have died from Covid-19;mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, beloved friends.

Jeez the comments on this. Completely cooked What? Just a Liberal rag Tell that to the dead. Opening before Christmas was a disaster. Completely avoidable. We have one of the highest infection rates in the world right now. The US has cautioned its citizens from travelling to Australia. We’re in a self-imposed “soft lockdown”. Businesses are being ruined. 50 people a day dying… How is this good?

Garbage piece. Eugenics. Capitalism. Never think of long covid?

Baby dies at NSW hospital after testing positive for COVID-19The death of an eight-week-old at a NSW hospital has been referred to the coroner after it was revealed the infant had tested positive for COVID-19. 7NEWS

tell that to the parents of the 2 month old baby who died yesterday & families of the 367 people who died in the last 4 weeks. Sad day janeenorman CaseyBriggs normanswan The original 6 Jan modelling had the green scenario with a max of 3,158 covidnsw patients sitting on top of 6,400 non-Covid beds, reaching the total capacity limit of 9,500 -NOT a good scenario. The other scenarios were maybe dummy scenarios

Oh the Herald’s view. Are you just next level Political Agents? Interesting to see how this plays out when asked to front a Royal Commission. Shame on you & whoever thinks it’s a good idea to write this propaganda piece. Shame! I refuse to read the SMH 😡but wondering if this headline is straight out of Perrottet’s mouth or some ‘expert’. About right, rubbish

Thanks Mr Costello, I think it is perfectly clear that the SMH has been nothing more than a propaganda tool for the Liberal Party ever since you took over. We don't need an editorial to confirm that 'Independent. Always' is just a sad, unfunny joke. No. This feels just like the beginning of chaos. Things to get much, much worse... Omicron COVID

You can tell BevanShields is the new editor. He's been a Liberal sycophant for years. Another news site bites the dust.

NSW, Victoria report 66 new COVID-19 deaths but hospitalisations fallNew South Wales has reported 46 new COVID-19 deaths, the highest number ever recorded on a single day since the start of the pandemic, and Victoria has reported 20 new fatalities. Covid won’t stop until we stop close contact that spreads new variant! use BostApp instead to safely communicate with people nearby. Download for free at Apple & Google The daily numbers I wish to see are 1. How many total have had COVID and recovered. 2. How many in ICU now and 3. Total deaths and deaths by age, those with other major contributing health problems and unvaxed. At least then we can have perspective over scaremongering Still not as bad as the Flu in 2019. Stop with all the bull💩.

No. The loss of life was avoidable with the proper mitigation (not lockdown). The deaths are on PM and Premier. Everyone I know has curtailed their entire life. SMH, once great, is become another conservative (propaganda) outlet. For shame. You are all murderers! From the 'policy' designers, the pro 'let it rip', the politicians, to the propaganda writers. ALL of you are complicit in the avoidable loss of so many lives. There is something wrong with you if you can sleep at night after killing many including a baby.

Incredible insensitivity. “A tragic day” no buts please. Stop drinking the coolade!!! Zombe virus! 95% vaxxed + more people are dying than ever... 🤮 ...thats NOT how a successful immunization program works... really! The funeral industry is very happy. I expect a big donation for the next election. Wait. What?

Rubbish! Don’t send your children into extreme Health Hazard.

NSW records 30,825 new COVID-19 cases and 25 further deathsA shipment believed to contain more than a million rapid antigen tests touched down in Sydney overnight, as the state government prepares to unveil its back-to-school plan. 9News Oooh how exciting…🙄🙄 After being tested I don't recall how many bloody times, I now wake up every morning with blood clots in my left nostril that were never there before. I don't think giving kids these tests everyday is a good idea! Government propaganda that makes it sound like it’s a lot when it’s woefully inadequate.

Exactly ! 👌🏼👍🏼 ‘But’? Kill ‘em all marisave If 359 patients who died after 1 Jan had remained in hospital, hospitalisations would have hit the 3,158 maximum of the green scenario. Moreover, 350 non-Covid patients were moved to private hospitals to keep within the 8,000 bed capacity of public hospitals

Jesus wept this piece is so offensive “ Strategy is about right “ What is right about sacrificing the venerable to covid, when the main driver of recovery is consumer confidence not Perrottet’s flawed ideology This is undoubtedly the most irresponsible editorial in the 190 year history of your paper. 'The Herald's view' or just a pile of trash Bevan didn't want to put his name on.

Once one of Australia’s most respected newspapers. Now just a meek propaganda sheet dancing Peter Costello’s tune.

NSW and Victoria record 40 further COVID-19 deathsA safe return for students and teachers during the current COVID-19 wave will be discussed on Thursday. BREAKING: Victoria records 15 COVID-19 deaths.

I don’t think the families of the deceased would agree Go to Luna Park AU media guys are liars who just repeat the govt narrative & propaganda This strategy sucks, need to fire the pm and nsw premier at election time. NSW covid strategy has killed people across the eastern seaboard. For utter utter shame.

How do you live with yourself publishing this shit Utter crp SMH, I’m fed up with your partisan journalism and will cancel my subscription. I want news, not to read ongoing sycophantic journalistic support for politicians who care for economy, but ignore the health and well-being of the community. Well done minions.

And it should not have been this bad if we had governments that put people's lives and their safety, ahead of profits.

‘Fear sells’ in the time of COVID-19

No it isn't. About? However much I hate these deaths and the strategy, I saw on the news tonight that hospitalisation rates remain well under even best case modelling and appear to be slowing if not peaking. This is bitter-sweet news. SMH - boring and evil Bullshit Liquidate your newspaper Thanks for reprinting Dominic Perrottet’s talking points

The highest rate of infection per capita in any developed country and you say that’s about right? Literally and statistically it couldn’t be more wrong The US couldn't prevent a catastrophe with more than 800,000 deaths with the live with covid policy. While China maintaining a zero covid policy managed to keep deaths below 5,000. Which approach is preferable?

Origin of Covid-19 coronavirus. The WHO must investigate all evidence especially in countries where there are early reports of the coronavirus appearing.

Amount of deaths just right SMH What a disgraceful newspaper Just more Liberal propaganda LNPfail LetItRipScotty Remember when the SMH was a quality broadsheet? So 46 deaths and NSW is doing a good job? What drugs are you journalists on? Stop reporting the government BS and do your jobs FFS Ya reckon? Go a-freaking-way

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learn more here. Advertisement The deaths of 46 NSW people with COVID-19 announced on Friday are a terrible blow to their families but NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet is not wrong when he says that, behind the figure, there are “reassuring signs”. The daily toll for NSW sets a new record for the state, nine more than on Tuesday, and the second worst daily toll for any state during the pandemic after the 59 Victoria recorded in one day in September 2020. NSW is facing some difficult times. Some will ask how Mr Perrottet could reasonably claim that there was anything positive about the figures. His rhetoric will sound to some like just more political spin. Yet sceptics should note that Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant, who has told it like it is throughout the crisis, also said she was seeing a “variety of indicators” which suggested that NSW could “turn this around”. The uncontrolled surge in cases two or three weeks ago appears to have stabilised. Given the problems with testing, this number must be taken with a pinch of salt but the number of people in hospital, which is a more objective guide, has fallen for the past three days from a peak of 2850 to 2743. The same goes for the number of people in intensive care units. Based on the experience of past waves and the Omicron wave in other countries, the fall in hospitalisations is a leading indicator for deaths and they will start to stabilise and decline soon, too. Unfortunately, it could take weeks. In the meantime, hospital networks will remain under pressure and the cancellation of non-urgent surgery will keep thousands of people with serious conditions in limbo. If this does prove to be the peak of the wave, it is lower than even the most benign scenarios predicted in the NSW Health’s modelling. It gives confidence that the health system will withstand the storm and continue, thanks to the heroic work of doctors and nurses, to offer high levels of care. There are reasons to believe that the wind is blowing at our backs. On the hospital front, staff shortages caused by the Omicron wave might be easing. The number of health professionals furloughed as confirmed cases or close contacts has fallen from 6000 to 5000 over the past week. Advertisement The effect of the vaccine booster program should start to be felt in the next few weeks. The state is now administering booster vaccines to about 80,000 people a day and about a quarter of the population is already protected. Even double-vaccinated people are still much better off. As Dr Chant pointed out, while only about 6 per cent of the adult population is unvaccinated, they make up half the people in intensive care. The arrival of an adequate supply of rapid antigen tests will help identify new cases faster, slowing the spread of the disease. While in the past politicians have used slogans such as “riding the wave” of the virus or “holding our nerve” in the face of the Omicron wave as cover for a lack of serious planning, there is a rational argument that the state’s settings now are about right. Social distancing restrictions have been reimposed and are stronger than in most other states. The goal is not COVID-zero, the expensive and, in the long-term, . It is to keep the number of cases at a manageable and decreasing level. Loading The next major hurdle will be the return to school in a week’s time. The NSW government has promised to release its back-to-school COVID-19 plan in a few days. It has said already the plan will include some free RA tests for students and teachers and hiring about 1000 retired principals and final year university students as replacements for furloughed staff. Some parents are worried for their children and the ride will be bumpy. Given the developmental and economic cost of keeping children at home, it should be possible to reopen schools. It is hard on this tragic day to plan coolly for the future but there are plenty of grounds for hope. NSW can find a path through this difficult time. The Herald editor sends an exclusive newsletter to subscribers each week.