NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined the Kyle and Jackie O show this morning to give our listeners an update on the coronavirus outbreak in NSW.
Currently in Australia we have seen more than 360 cases of coronavirus while five people have passed away as a result of the virus.
According to the premiere, about 26,000 people have been tested for the virus currently in NSW with about 200 of those people returning positive results.
But Gladys believes that this is certainly going to get worse before it gets better.
“I hate to say it but it’s true. We haven’t even gotten close to the peak yet,” the premier told us this morning.
“I don’t want people to panic, I don’t want people to feel more scared than most of us already are but it is a concerning time… For me it’s not about getting it myself, but passing it on to someone unintentionally and that’s the biggest concern.
The reality is that most people who get the virus won’t know that they’ve got it because they will display little to no symptoms.
However, for the small percentage of people that the coronavirus is dangerous, such as the elderly or those with low immunity, it is a scary time and we need to be looking out for these people.
The way that we can help stop the spread of the coronavirus is by self-isolating where possible and the NSW government is now talking about introducing fines or even jail time if people intentionally avoid self-isolating after they’ve been told to do so.
Ms Berejiklian told Kyle and Jackie O this morning that they are completely serious about these consequences and will be enforcing them because of the severity of the situation.
“Those people who have to be self-quarantined, you guys are saying that if you break that there’s a six month jail term and a huge fine,” Jackie said to the premier this morning. “Would you be actually enforcing that if someone was caught?”
“The enforcement powers are there to send a message to the community that this is serious. You can’t take it as a joke,” Gladys said.
“Look there’s a lot of discretion involved, but if you on purpose make someone else sick and not care about someone else’s health, well then you should be called to order frankly because it is life and death.
“It’s not life and death for the vast majority of us who will get through it and be fine, but for those who are vulnerable, those with immunities low, a lot of people having treatments for various illnesses will have low immunity, there’s a whole range of people who could be much more impacted than the vast majority of us,” she continued.
“That’s who we need to worry about. I don’t worry about my own health but I do worry about me accidentally giving it to someone else and that’s why I’m being extra careful.”
While we’re being advised to social-distance ourselves, Gladys Berejiklian told us that for the time being schools will remain open in NSW and students should still be attending school.
She also told us about how people can get tested if they need to, while admitting that she herself has thought about getting tested.
“Are you thinking about getting a test?” Jackie asked Gladys.
“Uh yes,” Gladys said honestly at first. “Well sorry, I won’t say that. But put it this way, anyone in my position, if they had the risk factors, should go and get themselves tested. That’s definitely the case.”