Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured Thursday) has been blasted for controversial claims
Annastacia Palaszczuk has been criticized by Health Minister Greg Hunt and the country’s top doctor for making misleading claims about Covid-19 death rates and teething problems in defense of her hard border closure.
The Queensland Prime Minister vowed on Wednesday to keep her state border closed until models are created of how children under 12, who cannot be vaccinated, are being hit by a major Covid outbreak.
On Thursday morning, she tweeted that ’80 people will die every day’ if the state follows the NSW model of living with Covid with high vaccination coverage.
“That’s 2240 who will die every month,” she claimed.
Ms Palaszczuk’s math was misleading because the daily death rate is a worst-case scenario modeled by the Doherty Institute based on a 70 percent vaccination rate and the effectiveness of partial contact tracing.
Ms Palaszczuk pulled the figure from a graph in the Doherty modeling that said that with 70 percent vaccinated and partial contact tracing, the daily number of deaths would peak at 80 after six months.
She then assumed that there would be 80 deaths per day for an entire month, when in fact this scenario is highly unlikely as the vaccination rate would not remain at 70 percent.
There is nowhere in the Doherty modeling that predicts 2240 deaths per month.
The modeling says that if optimal testing and tracing is maintained, there would be just 88 Covid hospitalizations nationwide, 21 ICU admissions and 13 deaths nationwide in the six months after the 70 percent shot rate is reached.
Families are forced to congregate over plastic barricades on the Queensland-NSW border due to Annastacia Palaszuck’s rules (above)
Ms Palaszczuk tweeted that ’80 people will die every day’ if the state follows the NSW model of living with Covid. Her claim has been discontinued
Ms Palaszczuk came under fire from Greg Hunt (pictured Thursday) for voicing unfounded fears about children
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt criticized Ms Palaszczuk, saying she was trying to scare the public for her own political gain.
“Selectively abusing Doherty’s modeling violates good faith and undermines public confidence,” he said Thursday afternoon.
Ms Palaszczuk also came under fire for voicing unfounded fears about children.
In the Queensland Parliament on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said: ‘You open this state and you let the virus in here, every child under 12 is vulnerable, every child.
“Anyone who has a child under the age of 12 is vulnerable because they have not been vaccinated,” she claimed.
But Mr Hunt said the national plan has always focused on protecting all Australians from the virus, including children.
He said the suggestion that children were not included in the plan was ‘wrong’, adding that no vaccines had been approved for children under 12 anywhere in the world and that no country vaccinated children.
In fact, I think the best response in a sense is what was written by Queensland Health in their ”Covid-19 and Kids: What you need to Know” paper of 5 August 2021: Serious illness remains extremely rare in children’ Hunt told reporters.
I also quote: ”Even children with serious underlying conditions will usually only experience mild illness with Covid-19”.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg agreed, claiming that Ms Palaszczuk’s reasoning for keeping the border closed was a “desperate denial of reality… not based on medical advice.”
The Queensland Premier has indicated she could delay easing restrictions once COVID-19 vaccination coverage targets are met due to her new concerns about unvaccinated children (families and friends catch up at the border, above)
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly also shut down Ms Palaszczuk’s controversial claims to children.
He said there have been 3,815 cases of Delta virus infection in children under the age of 12, but only 134 hospital admissions, a 3.5 percent hospitalization rate.
“And we know from data from New South Wales that most children who are hospitalized are for social reasons, not because they are particularly unwell – their parents are sick and unable to care for them,” he said.
“So the number of hospitalizations is small and most of them are not because of serious illness. Only three children under the age of 12 have been admitted to intensive care. Three in 3,815, much less than one in 1,000.’
Professor Kelly said there have been no child deaths in Australia and said the best way to protect children was for adults to be stung.
“We don’t ignore children. Children are part of the whole plan, not only in the vaccination and soon the vaccination of 12 to 15 year olds, but also in the way we look at that cocoon effect that we can get from vaccination as it increases and the is now growing at an incredible rate across Australia.”
He added: ‘We have to start learning to live with this virus.’
Mr Hunt also ripped in Prime Minister Palaszczuk for banning residents from returning from Covid-ravaged NSW.
The move has separated a three-year-old boy, Memphis, from his parents north of the border for two months – and people have been stopped from entering Queensland for health care.
“This is a deep moral failure. Let these people in for medical treatment and for a three-year-old to be fully reunited with their families,” Mr Hunt said.
It comes as the federal government is urging prime ministers to abide by the national reopening plan that will ease restrictions in two phases when 70 and 80 percent of people over 16 are vaccinated.
The plan states that Australia will stop suppressing Covid cases when 70 percent are vaccinated and instead learn to live with the virus.
Western Australia, Queensland and the ACT have moved away from the plan by either vowing to continue to suppress cases or urging children to be vaccinated.
Some states threaten to keep their borders closed or demand higher jab rates before lifting lockdowns, raising prospects that Australia will remain a divided country for months to come