Sumary of NSW Covid crisis: Brad Hazzard defends end to daily press conferences as cases and death toll worsen:
- The New South Wales health minister, Brad Hazzard, says the ending of the state’s daily media conferences will give authorities “clear minds” to tackle the Covid pandemic, as the state again broke its daily record for Covid-19 cases and marked another troubling increase in the death toll.
- He said it was important the health department had “clear air” rather than preparing for the press conferences, that a return to daily videos being released online was adequate to update the number of cases and deaths, and that the public should have “no fear” a press conference would be held if needed.
- “I do not think anybody suggests that I or the premier or any of the other ministers have not been available.
- ”When asked about people who had died at home during the outbreak, Hazzard said that in several instances they had not been in contact at all with NSW Health.
- “There have been a number of people die at home who have never even come to the attention of NSW Health [and] not even to a GP.
- And certainly in parts of Sydney, particularly in the south-west and west, I think, there is a lot of pressure.
- Please do not hesitate to contact our health system for support .
- ”The deputy chief health officer, Jeremy McAnulty, said 13 more cases were reported in the far west of the state, including 10 in Broken Hill and three in Wilcannia.