AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller has been frank about the government’s response to COVID in interviews on 6PR, the ABC and other media.
“We need to up our game,” Dr Miller said. “We’ve been great at border control but the B117 variant is what we had feared from a mutation point of view in this virus.”
Dr Miller has reiterated that the government needs to do more, especially since the mutation is 70 per cent more transmittable than the original virus.
“We’re not taking this virus seriously enough,” he said. “We’re not paying it enough respect. We don’t have proper airborne protection in place, and Australia is setting itself up for a big fall.”
He pointed out that we still have people working in hotel quarantine while holding down other jobs, quarantine hotels with restaurants with shared staff, and bus drivers who do not have proper respiratory masks transporting recent arrivals to quarantine.
Dr Miller said he was staggered that our government had not previously insisted earlier that people coming to Australia get tested before boarding a plane.
“I don’t think you need an expert committee to sit there and tell you it’d be a good idea to weed out all the people who have a positive test,” Dr Miller said.
National Cabinet has only recently endorsed the need for international arrivals to have a negative COVD test result before boarding their flight to Australia.