‘Pretty dire’: Narelda Jacobs slams leaders after Covid diagnosis


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Newsreader Narelda Jacobs has blasted Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet after she and her partner tested positive for Covid-19.

The Network 10 personality wrote on Instagram on Friday she and her partner, filmmaker Stevie Cruz-Martin, have the virus and are isolating at their Sydney home.

But Jacobs said “the true number of infections from now on will never be known” as Australians switch from overwhelmed PCR tests to at-home Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT).

“There’s no centralised place to report a positive RAT. Then, there are the many who can’t find or afford a RAT,” she wrote.

“We’re told it’s not about case numbers anymore, but each positive case represents at least a week’s lost work.

“Workplaces across Sydney are in crisis. Cafes, bars, offices… Furiously trying to keep the doors open while also trying to keep us safe.

“It may not be as economically damaging as lockdowns but it’s pretty dire.”

Jacobs continued, “For two years we’ve been told ‘we’re in this together’, now ‘we’re riding the wave’.

“The PM and NSW Premier may as well be telling us ‘you’re on your own’. Covid is now out of control.

“Australia has lost the upper hand we all sacrificed so much for and the government’s solution is to simply stop counting and let it rip.”

The Whadjuk Noongar woman wrote, “When I received my PCR result this morning, NSW Health sent a text asking questions like my postcode, whether I’d visited an aged care facility and whether I am of Aboriginal descent.

“These questions are crucial for allocation of resources and gives health services an indication as to what might be coming.”

Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced people in NSW can lodge positive RAT results online from later this week.

Over the weekend, the NSW leader also announced new rules for some close contacts. They can come out of isolation to work if their job is critical for food supply or essential services.

Narelda Jacobs slams Scott Morrison over Covid

Narelda Jacobs also accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of trying to distract Australians with tennis star Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open visa drama.

“The PM’s response to this bin fire is the old ‘look over there’ routine, as he points skyward to the plane carrying Novak Djokovic,” she wrote.

“The problem is no longer what’s coming into Australia. The problem is what you’ve created within our borders by pushing to reopen and failing to unite.

“You’ve left us to our own devices but as a community we’re keeping each other safe.

“Families, friends, neighbours, colleagues, local business and charities banding together to make sure everyone’s taken care of.

“We will get through because we’re doing it ourselves.”

Narelda Jacobs, who is based in Sydney, is a presenter for 10 News and also appears on morning show Studio 10.

For the past three years, Jacobs also hosted the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras telecast, which returns to the ABC this year.

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