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New South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard is standing by his government’s decision not to mandate masks as authorities try to contain two clusters with unknown sources.
Appearing on ABC TV this morning, Hazzard said “at this stage there’s no plan to change our direction on that front” when asked about keeping the directive to wear masks as advice, rather than as a public health order.
We’re taking the health advice, and the health advice is what we relied on all the way through this pandemic. And there’s a balancing act here, when you consider health, as the health that obviously relates directly to the virus, there’s also mental health issues.
Mental health issues are very much dependent upon people being able to see other people to some degree, but also to have jobs, know that they’ve got money coming in. It’s a balancing act, and I think New South Wales, of all states and territories, has led the way during this year in that regard.
Contact tracers have not yet figured out the source transmission behind the Croydon cluster, New South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard has said.
Authorities first mentioned the cluster on Wednesday, when revealing six cases in an extended family associated with the outbreak.
We’re still waiting on genomic sequencing, which gives us the tracking capacity to know where it might have come from. Obviously, the suspicion is that it may have been the northern beaches, but who knows?… Until we get the actual scientific evidence, we don’t know.”
We’ve said this a thousand times, any symptoms, don’t visit your family or friends, because you may be the one who carries it into that household. And anybody who is having friends around, make sure that no more than five people come to your home.
It’s obvious that when we have someone come into our home, they tend to be close to us, and therefore we take chances in terms of kissing and cuddling and so on. Don’t do it. Don’t do it for the moment.”