Remember the days we’d wind down gently into the weekend? That was a thing, right? Once upon a time.
Well, that cruisey Friday vibe is one of the bazillion things from BC – before coronavirus. Instead now, there are national cabinet meetings, funding announcements and the merry-go-round of press conferences.
If you, too, are intrigued by the 11am prime-time TV time most pollies seem to favour, you’ll enjoy the explanation provided by the New Daily.
Spoiler alert: The conclusion was that 11am was a kind of ‘sweet spot’ time slot for maximum exposure. And that a leader can’t be drawn into commentary from other states which hasn’t yet been revealed.
The announcements – although there’s a suspicion more is to come – should not serve to cloud the good news from Victoria where the lowest rise in daily cases for five weeks was announced. There were 179 new cases and nine deaths, seven of those linked to outbreaks in aged care facilities.
NSW recorded just one new coronavirus case today, from more than 32,000 tests.
Gladys Berejiklian’s state came up smelling of roses at the COVID-19 Senate committee hearing, too. Federal Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy said the state’s health authorities had “effectively stamped out an outbreak of a similar size to that in Victoria”.
Meanwhile at Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry it wasn’t quite so cheery. One returned traveller spoke of “tearing her hair out” over the handling of infection control while one security guard’s afternoon testimony was much anticipated.
Back in Canberra, the PM announced an extra $171 million in emergency response centres for aged care. He later stood by the minister responsible for that port folio – Richard Colbeck – after he struggled through questioning at an inquiry probing the coronavirus response.
As for Tasmania, well, darts and eight-ball pool will soon be back on the cards at pubs.
Now that’s news we can get around! From socially-acceptable and responsible distances, of course.
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