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As Infections Climb, Hospitalisation Data Needs Clarifying

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Tags: COVID-19, Health

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

As the Premier fiddles while Rome burns and gets ready for an Ashes superspreader event, Covid is infecting more and more Tasmanians every day.

Cases numbers are climbing and we know the official figures are a significant undercount due to the lack of testing, and absence of any effective measures to contain the spread of this deadly, disabling virus.

The contact tracing system has collapsed and health care workers are being infected in droves.

Meanwhile, there’s a big question mark over the Gutwein Government’s hospitalisation data.

Today, Tasmanians are being told of the 22 people in hospital with Covid, only eight are there because of Covid.

Given the efforts of both Federal and State governments to hide the true extent of Covid infection, cynicism is warranted.

Tasmanians have a right to know how many of the 14 people in hospital with, but not because of, Covid, have the ‘underlying conditions’ being used by politicians and public health spokespeople to underplay the impact of coronavirus on vulnerable people.

Do, for example, any of the 14 hospitalised Tasmanians have asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart conditions that are being exacertbated by Covid?  Would they be in hospital if they didn’t have Covid?

In a public health crisis, which is what we have here, absolute truth and transparency are essential.