‘I feel like no one is listening’: Awkward moment a desperate Gladys Berejiklian fires a shot at a journalist after accusing her of pushing Freedom Day back to OCTOBER
- The NSW Premier shows signed of losing her patience at today’s Covid update
- She took issue with a journalist who said lockdown might not lift until October
- Ms Berejiklian said reaching 70 percent vaccination may see restrictions eased
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian almost lost her patience with a journalist after she suggested ‘freedom’ for NSW would be pushed back until October.
‘No, no, are people not listening to what I’m saying?’ a frustrated Ms Berejiklian said in response to the question about when Sydney might emerge from lockdown.
‘This will give us opportunities to think about how we can ease restrictions that we currently have for people who live in communities with low case numbers but high vaccination rates.’
‘No, no, are people not listening to what I’m saying?’ a frustrated Ms Berejiklian said in response to the question about when Sydney might emerge from lockdown
NSW recorded another 344 cases recorded overnight, with 65 of the new cases in the community while infectious.
Ms Berejiklian had just restated her claim that lockdown restrictions might be eased once a community reached a 70 percent rate of full vaccination.
‘We are currently in lockdown and if during September and October we have higher rates of vaccination and certain communities indicate there are opportunities for us to see what additional freedoms we give people,’ she said.
‘Seventy percent means more confidence that more people will be out of hospital, we can ease strict restrictions in place.
‘Please note that they are two different things. Lockdown now, plus opportunities to live life differently in September and October, is very different to what life looks like at 70 percent.’
The NSW Premier said restrictions would remain but that once a community reached 80 percent double vaccination, the focus of the rules would change and Covid could be treated more like the flu rather than a ‘sinister virus’.
‘That means that we no longer focus on the number of cases, we focus on the number of hospitalisations,’ she said.
‘When you have such high rates of vaccination, people can live more freely and we can focus on keeping people out of hospital rather than counting cases.
‘It’s a bit premature now but in a few weeks we’ll have a better idea of what September and October looks like because we will be able to see what a consistent rate of vaccination looks like.’
‘I feel like no one is listening’: Awkward moment Gladys Berejiklian fires back at journalist