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Your views: on SA and the pandemic

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Today, readers comment on testing and how SA authorities have dealt with the virus crisis.

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Commenting on the story: ADF on border as SA testing blitz targets Victoria visitors

I absolutely support the Premier in promoting a testing blitz, but also strongly believe that if someone refuses to be tested then they should have to do the same as someone who has tested positive.

In other words, if someone tests positive and has to self-isolate for 14 days and be retested, then a person who refuses to be tested accepts that they too have to self-isolate at their own cost for 14 days.

As a quadriplegic who is very vulnerable to this virus like many other people with a disability, my greatest fear and threat is people in my community not complying with sensible and reasonable protections for the greater good.

We have other precedents that have been set such as those contained under the South Australian Mental Health Act, where a person who is deemed to be at risk to themselves or others in the community are quite often detained in a secure environment under that act.

We also had a policy where if a child had not been immunised, they could not attend childcare or daycare as they are risk to all the other children and families.

I simply do not understand why people are refusing to be tested, do they not have a conscience?

Would they not feel guilty if they transmitted the virus to others in their family including elderly parents?

As PH once famously said; ‘please explain’? –Maurice Corcoran 

Irrespective of whatever political party people support, I think all South Australians should feel proud of the way Premier Steven Marshall, Professor Nicola Spurrier and Police Commissioner Grant Stevens have acted, and the decisions they have made, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To me, they come across as: “This is tough, I don’t really want to do this, but it’s in your best interests”. 

I think we are very lucky to have Professor Spurrier, Commissioner Stevens and (even) Premier Marshall in control during these times. – Elaine Schultz

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