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Victorian contact tracers are off to New South Wales to study that state’s contact tracing system, as the debate over Victoria’s preparedness to deal with the pandemic, continues.
Daniel Andrews said yesterday that there were experts in the Victorian contact tracing system, which have been studying other jurisdictions, but there are still things which can be learned.
Here was Andrews yesterday:
“They have done an amazing job and we are very, very grateful for that advice, providing us with those second and third opinions, giving us that sense of confidence that there is a culture of continuous improvement and we are finding sometimes minutes, sometimes hours, but there is always that work every single day, every shift, to try and be better.”
So the chief scientist, Alan Finkel, is taking Victorian health authorities to NSW to see what else could be done – particularly the decentralisation of the NSW system. Questions over what Victorian authorities did between the first and second wave continue, with Andrews asked whether or not the contact tracing team was disbanded after the first wave. Andrews has just said that everyone is constantly learning with the virus, and one thing they’ve learned is if you think you’ve beaten the virus, you haven’t.
Yesterday, the ABC’s health advisor, Dr Norman Swan said he believed NSW had just got lucky. But the prime minister has called it the ‘gold standard’ in contact tracing, so that is where Victoria is off to.
Victoria’s chief health officer, Professor Brett Sutton also spoke to Melbourne radio 3AW yesterday and admitted that at the beginning of the second wave, “numbers got beyond Victoria’s [tracing] capacity to deal with every case in a timely way”.
I wish the system were as robust then as I know it is now. I can’t say it would have been stopped with a NSW system,” he said.
There will be more on that today, as well as budget news as the federal government puts together its October document and all the other news which pops up, both in coronavirus and politics.
You have Amy Remeikis with you this morning.
Source: The Guardian
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