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The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmanian Branch (ANMF) today has stated its support for Southern Tasmania’s snap three-day lockdown announced by Premier Peter Gutwein this afternoon.
ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary Emily Shepherd said the lockdown is a sound strategy to limit any further possible transmission of COVID-19 in the Southern Region and immediate action is required if there is any possible risk of COVID-19 in the community.
“ANMF members on the frontline are urging all Tasmanians to take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously to limit the risk of widespread social transmission, sickness, and possible deaths in the Tasmanian community.”
“We know that flouting the isolation requirements puts Tasmanians at risk. Most importantly, it is also putting the critical healthcare workforce at risk.
“One of the worst possible results would be having a widespread outbreak due to the negligence of one individual which will place additional strain on a healthcare system in Tasmania that is already strained and a health workforce that is already stretched to capacity.
The ANMF is urging the community to immediately heed the calls for isolation to ensure that the sacrifices these workers are making is not in vain.
“Most importantly, we need the community to get on board now so that further aggressive strategies are limited going forward,” Ms Shepherd said.
ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary
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