Victorian health minister slams 'stupid' beachgoers for not taking coronavirus seriously

Some Victorians are defying authorities and gathering at the state's beaches

29/03/2020 8:05:00 AM

Some Victorians are defying authorities and gathering at the state's beaches

Some Victorians are defying authorities and gathering at the state's beaches.

Share on TwitterVictorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has blasted the"stupid behaviour" of some in her state who defied the premier and gathered at the beach this weekend."It is stupid behaviour ... We all need to do our bit so it's just that small minority of people who are putting the rest of the community at risk. We all need to make some sacrifices here," she said on Sunday.

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"It's not a big sacrifice to skip going to the beach today. People need to do some physical exercise; go for a walk, but try to make that as quick as possible and go home."I share the frustration of my Chief Health Officer," she said.

A"beach closed" sign is seen at St Kilda Beach in Melbourne.AAPEarlier, the state's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton slammed the"crap" behaviour on Twitter. "Some of the behaviour today - when we're asking people to stay home - has been really crap," he wrote in a tweet.

Some of the behaviour today - when we’re asking people to stay home - has been really crap. It’s hard to change habits and it’s hard to see dangers that aren’t apparent yet. But with 3,000 cases of COVID in Australia this week, we’re headed to 100,000 in 2-3 weeks without change.

— Chief Health Officer, Victoria (@VictorianCHO)March 28, 2020"It's hard to change habits and it's hard to see dangers that aren't apparent yet. But with 3,000 cases of COVID-19 in Australia this week, we're headed to 100,000 in 2-3 weeks without change.

"That means thousands of deaths. Overwhelmed health services. Medical staff at unacceptable risk. Unstoppable spread. Do the right thing now and #StayAtHome. Today. Tomorrow. Until we're through this, please."That means thousands of deaths. Overwhelmed health services. Medical staff at unacceptable risk. Unstoppable spread. Do the right thing now and

. Today. Tomorrow. Until we’re through this, please.— Chief Health Officer, Victoria (@VictorianCHO)March 28, 2020Port Phillip City Council closed all of its beaches including the popular St Kilda Beach from Friday.But there was confusion after the council said walking or swimming was acceptable"as long as social distancing and mass gathering rules are obeyed".

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Images of people gathering at Melbourne beaches have been widely shared on social media. Read more: SBS News »

Fine them on the spot. If they can't or won't pay it, arrest them. This is precisely why martial law needs to be enacted. Despite all the warnings there are still a great many who just will not listen or heed them. If they want to be like that, take that freedom away from them. Just fine them and stop winging. Fines will make them use their little underdeveloped brains for better

And placing the cops at more risk This is probably not the right time to be going out. Remember the plagues in Ancient Greece? If they’re WearAMask thats great. If they don’t then they should stay home. why complain, just fine and or incarcerate. Singapore is cancelling passports, fining 10.000S$ and or 6 months imprisonment. That's a deterrent. Stop pissing around Australia

Make them tread water for half hr. 7NewsAustralia Beach Fines work. $1000 for first. $10000 for repeats. Behavior will change. Ignorant bogans. coronavirusaustralia FFS! Slap ‘em with fines. $1000 a pop. 2 questions What’s the transmission rate in a large outdoor environment And what’s the effect of strong UV exposure of the virus

Can we start logging these people into an idiot register and once this passes tax them three times over Selfish idiots shoot them. victoria still has a parliament working have they legislated to allow the police to do this? close the beaches - in the whole of the country. have a lockdown FFS Think of them as you when you're driving and using your phone. Oh wait, this stupid action might impact you so they should stop....when you're wellbeing is threatened it's all about you. Cars = all bets are off.....you suddenly don't care about anyone else, hypocrisy.

Put them under house arrest Maybe they can gather in a jail cell. There's still time to put a wall around the cesspool 🙌 Get this you lot. You can be infected with the virus and not know it. If one person who is infected contacts just one other person, at a Reproductive Rate of 2, that potentially puts that infected person in contact with 4,000 people. And of those 4,000, 40 will die. FFS wake up.

This is very disappointing that they don’t seem to be able to comprehend the enormity of this virus. No excuses for “missing the news” as everyone would have a mobile phone. They’re forcing a police state to be introduced. Then they’ll whinge about their civil rights! Sheesh! Things as usual at Miami Beach Gold Coast

This is absolutely reckless and disgusting. Selfish and insufferable. They are completely unaware of the fact that they are puttin the whole country at risk. Issue fines and arrest them. Their behaviour is outrageous. Good work! Hoping Queensland follows suit! Highly doubt it given they’re still allowing outdoor markets! The message is “please stay indoors” but we’ll allow 40 pop up tents to peddle their wares!

If you started to fine people... A pox on their houses!!! Oh wait .. they are doing that all by themselves How selfish of these people who really do not deserve any priority in medical attentin at all in case such/that behavior infects them with Coronavirus. Fine them $10,000

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