#COVID19TAS: Confusion Mounts In Tasmania Over NWRH Outbreak


Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy has made a clear and coarse revelation on live TV that the Coronavirus outbreak in North West Regional Hospital is linked to an illegal dinner party of health care workers.

“We thought we were doing really well in the last week and then we had a cluster of 49 cases in a hospital in Tasmania, but most of them went to an illegal dinner party”, said Brendan.

However, Premier Peter Gutwein was quick to correct CMO’s comment and called it just a ‘rumour’, saying police investigation is still underway.

With mounting confusion around the NWRH outbreak, Tasmanians seek immediate answers and criminal charges on anyone involved if proven guilty of breaking the regulations.

Though Premier accepts this as an serious allegation and a strong rumour to be made at this point, he has denied any further clarification.

There has also been theories of poor or lowest ever testing Tasmania in comparison to other states of the nation. The stats also support the theory, Tasmania has second highest number of cases per every 100,000 residents and lowest number of testings taking place.

This poses a lot of questions on the dealing of deadly cluster in the state. When questioned, the Public Health Director affirms those presenting to testing centres in the North-West who has symptoms will be tested for Coronavirus.

He also said the state has capacity to do more testing, and he’d like to see more tests undertaken.

Premier Peter Gutwein has mentioned the state had 108 cases before the Easter long weekend and confirmed all of the new cases are linked to the outbreak from the North West Regional Hospital.

150 cases of Coronavirus in the state, out of which 57 have recovered, 88 are currently being monitored and the state has recorded 5 deaths as on late Monday.


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