‘It got from Sydney to Melbourne pretty quick’: Dan Andrews takes yet another swipe at rival Gladys Berejiklian as he boasts his ‘go hard and early’ lockdown will have Victorians free quicker
- Daniel Andrews made another subtle swipe at the New South Wales premier
- Mr Andrews was defending his decision to plunge state into five-day lockdown
- He said during press conference Victoria was dealing with ‘problems of Sydney’
- Mr Andrews has taken swipes at outbreak in the past calling it ‘Sydney incursion’
Daniel Andrews has taken another swipe at the New South Wales premier over the Covid outbreak that has spread from Sydney and infected dozens of Victorians.
The state premier made the subtle dig at Gladys Berejiklian as he defended plunging his state into a snap five-day lockdown – compared to long shutdown in Sydney.
‘It is an easy thing and a small task for this virus to get from one end of Victoria to the other,’ he said during a press conference on Sunday.
‘It got from Sydney to Melbourne pretty quickly.’
Daniel Andrews has taken another swipe at the New South Wales premier over the Sydney outbreak that has spread and wreaked havoc in Victoria
Regional Victorians had been hoping to come out of lockdown sooner with most of the cases from the outbreak linked to Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs.
Their hopes were dashed on Sunday after the state reported 17 new cases including a man in his 30s from Mildura, 540km north-west of Melbourne.
Mr Andrews said the next 48 hours would be critical in determining if restrictions were lifted on time as his state grappled with the ‘problems of Sydney’.
‘A problem anywhere is potentially a problem everywhere,’ he said. ‘And that’s the reality we’re living.
‘Problems of Sydney have become challenges here, and if there’s a problem in Melbourne, then there’s every reason to believe that we have to be very conservative in our approach to parts of regional Victoria.
‘I know it is incredibly frustrating for people who are a long way from Melbourne but that virus can reach you, as we can see with this Mildura case.
‘With the cooperation of the Victorian community, painful and challenging, but five days of a shortcut lockdown is better than a longer one.’
The state premier made the subtle dig at Gladys Berejiklian as he defended plunging his state into a snap five-day lockdown on Friday
It is not the first time the Victoria premier has unleashed on his NSW counterpart during the daily Covid-19 press conference.
On Friday, he referred to the outbreak as the ‘Sydney incursion’ and blamed it on forcing his state into its fifth lockdown since the pandemic began in 2020.
‘I know and understand that this is not easy,’ he said. ‘No-one wants to be locked down.
‘But we had no choice and these additional cases overnight and particularly some of the context of these cases I think confirm for all Victorians that we had to make that tough call.’
Mr Andrews claimed it was better to suffer through a short lockdown than a prolonged one – such as the one in NSW which was extended until at least the end of July.
Mr Andrews said the next 48 hours would be critical in determining if restrictions were lifted on time as his state grappled with the ‘problems of Sydney’
On Friday, Mr Andrews referred to the outbreak as the ‘Sydney incursion’ and blamed it on forcing his state into its fifth lockdown since the pandemic began in 2020
‘We have done it before and we have done before with the Delta variants,’ he said. ‘We can do it again and we will do it again.’
‘We are all working as hard as we possibly can to make this as short a lockdown as possible, five days.
‘That is certainly better than five weeks or five months.’
On June 26, Ms Berejiklian introduced a two week lockdown in Sydney and surrounds after more than 80 cases were linked to an outbreak of the Delta variant.
The lockdown has since been extended with the virus running rampant in south-west Sydney and the state recording a staggeringly high number of cases each day – peaking at 112 on Monday.