‘At least you won’t kill someone’: Tracy Grimshaw’s desperate plea to Australians as coronavirus cases surge
- Tracy Grimshaw said many Australians do not understand the threat of COVID-19
- She pointed towards the thousands of people at Bondi Beach on Friday as proof
- Overnight Victoria alone saw a rise of 51 people infected with coronavirus
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Veteran TV anchor Tracy Grimshaw has made a desperate plea for Australians to take coronavirus seriously as the country faces an alarming surge in cases.
Grimshaw made the plea on A Current Affair after thousands of Australians flooded Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Friday despite restrictions on crowd sizes put in place by the government.
The scenes saw the swift closure of the world-famous beach the following day and widespread condemnation from health officials.
‘All of us could get this virus. And we all know someone who probably wouldn’t survive it,’ Grimshaw said on Saturday.
Grimshaw said the images at Bondi showed the potential fallout from the virus was not being understood by many Australians.
‘There’s some confusion, sure. But too many people still think this virus isn’t their problem,’ she said.
Those who flocked to Bondi Beach on Friday (pictured) have been accused of putting lives at risk by ignoring social distancing
The scenes on Friday saw the swift closure of the world-famous beach the following day and widespread condemnation from health officials
Grimshaw pointed towards the rampant spread of coronavirus in Italy that has overwhelmed its medical system with over 47,000 cases and 4,000 deaths.
‘No one knows how bad it will get for us here, but we all have a responsibility to protect each other,’ she said.
‘So please learn the rules and follow them, stay 1.5 metres away from others, and if you’ve just arrived here from overseas, stay at home for two weeks.
‘Don’t go out. It won’t kill you to do that, but at least you won’t kill someone else.’
Grimshaw pointed towards the rampant spread of coronavirus in Italy that has overwhelmed its medical system with over 47,000 cases and 4,000 deaths
It comes as the number of coronavirus cases surged overnight with Victoria alone recording 51 new cases with the state’s total number of infections now at 229.
Following the scenes at Bondi on Friday the New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard reminded Australians they were now in a ‘different time’.
‘We need to behave in different ways and that is to keep your distance. The recommendation is at least 1.5 metres. That is a sensible recommendation that people should sensibly take on board,’ he said.
It comes as the number of coronavirus cases surged overnight with Victoria alone recording 51 new cases with the state’s total number of infections now at 229