Saturday, November 27, 2021

Australian state MP contracts CCP virus, NSW parliament affected

An Australian politician has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus, as the spread of Sydney’s Bondi cluster affects the New South Wales (NSW) state parliament.

The NSW parliament has been suspended after the state’s agriculture minister tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, and health minister Brad Hazard is also in isolation.

Marshall dine with national partners Trevor Khan, Steph Cook and Ben Franklin on Monday night at Cristo’s Pizza in Paddington, a suburb of Sydney.

Four national MPs also participated in the party room meeting in Parliament on Tuesday morning.

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NSW MP Adam Marshall at a news conference at Parliament House on October 22, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

“After 8 a.m. today I have been formally advised by NSW Health that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Marshall said in a statement on Thursday.

“I have been in isolation in Sydney since late Tuesday night, when I received a text message from NSW Health,” he said.

NSW Greens MP Adam Shoebridge said on Thursday that parliament was “a bit messed up”.

“[At the moment all staff are to stay home and the [Legislative Assembly] has started late,” she wrote on twitter. “But things may change if more close contacts are identified. hoping that Adam Marshall Kovid is fine despite the diagnosis. “

Meanwhile, NSW Government Whip Adam Crouch released an update On Thursday morning allies were asked to “stay in” and not walk out of parliament if they already were.

“Please ‘stay’ until you get another update later this morning. If you are currently in Parliament House, stay in Parliament House. If you are not in Parliament House, stay where you are, read the notice.

Parliament will work on a skeleton staff on Thursday, with enough MPs to pass the budget before it is suspended.

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New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazard speaks at a press conference before receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine at St George’s Hospital in Kogarah on March 10, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Brooke Mitchell/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Health Minister Brad Hazard also revealed that he is self-isolating after coming into contact with a possible case in Parliament House.

Hazard acknowledged that it is “likely” other MPs may be affected and told Channel Nine that he stands next to Premier Gladys Berejiklian every day.

“I think the premiere is pretty safe,” he said.

Leader of the Opposition Chris Minnes told Sydney Radio 2GB he would postpone his budget reply speech.

“All sides agree that now is not the time for politics … we need to go through a very difficult health situation in Sydney,” he said.

The news of the outbreak in the state parliament comes as Sydney is dealing with an emerging group of the Delta version of the coronavirus that originated with a limousine driver who officials believe was on an international flight. The crew has contracted the virus.

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The driver visited several places in the popular Bondi Junction area, including a cinema and cafe, as a result of which 31 others got infected with the virus.

NSW is likely to report more COVID-19 cases on Thursday, but Hazard played down fears that Sydney is on the verge of lockdown ahead of the school holidays.

“I don’t believe we will go into lockdown,” he said.

“The advice is that it is not necessary so we will take that advice,” he told ABC Radio Sydney.

However, on Wednesday the premier warned that “the NSW government will not hesitate to go further harder if we have to.”

Berejiklian also urged people to “quit non-essential activities” after introducing new rules for residents in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

This means planning for upcoming school holidays is affected as residents of many local government areas are restricted from traveling outside those areas. The measure was implemented in an effort to contain the virus and prevent it from spreading to regional areas.

New rules were also introduced, including a domestic guest limit of five, including children, and a rule of four square meters for indoor and outdoor gatherings, with masks mandatory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces.

NSW Health issued further alerts for COVID-19 exposure sites at several locations in Darlinghurst, Double Bay, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Narelan, Meadowbank and the Sydney CBD.

In all, 16 new cases were reported on Wednesday, taking the total number of infected to 31.

Eight of the 13 additional cases were involved in Saturday’s birthday party of about 30 people in West Hoxton, which NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant described as a “super-spreader event”.

Residents living or working in the City of Sydney, Waverly, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside and Woollahra local government areas cannot travel outside the metropolitan area unless it is absolutely necessary.

Masks must also be worn in gym classes, which are now limited to 20 people.

Other states have also tightened their limits a few days before NSW public schools were broken down for two weeks.

AAP contributed to this report.

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