Studio 10's Narelda Jacobs roasts ScoMo after positive Covid test

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  • Scott Morrison
    30th Prime Minister of Australia
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    Australian journalist

Studio 10 star Narelda Jacobs has taken Prime Minister Scott Morrison to task in a fiery Instagram post after she tested positive to Covid.

The Whadjuk Noongar woman revealed both she and her partner, Stevie Cruz Martin had received positive PCR test results on Friday, making them part of the 38,628 new Covid cases for NSW.

Narelda Jacobs sitting in bed with an open laptop on her lap. Photo: Instagram/narelda_jacobs
Narelda Jacobs has taken aim at PM ScoMo after testing positive to Covid. Photo: Instagram/narelda_jacobs

But as Narelda, 46, pointed out in her lengthy caption, the shift in focus from PCR to rapid antigen tests (RAT) — which can be done at home and without formal monitoring by NSW Health — means many Covid cases are going unreported.

"Officially NSW has 38k new Covid cases today, @steviecruzmartin & I are among them," she began.

"However, the true number of infections from now on will never be known because we no longer have to get a PCR & there’s no centralised place to report a positive RAT," she added.

Narelda speculated that the actual daily number of new cases could sit around the 70k mark or even as high as 125k if the unreported positive RATs were included in the final tally.


Studio 10 hosts Angela Bishop, Narelda Jacobs, Sarah Harris and Tristan MacManus. Photo: Channel 10.
Narelda with her fellow Studio 10 hosts Angela Bishop, Sarah Harris and Tristan MacManus on her birthday. Photo: Channel 10.

With the government now using daily hospitalisations and ICU admissions instead of positive case numbers as the main benchmark, Narelda worried about the impact this new approach will have on businesses and workers.

"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."

'Covid out of control'

Narelda pulled no punches while giving her opinion of both PM Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet's handling of the pandemic thus far.

"For 2 years we’ve been told 'we’re in this together', now 'we’re riding the wave'. The PM & 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 & the government’s solution is to simply stop counting & let it rip."

Narelda Jacobs and her partner Stevie Cruz Martin. Photo: Instagram/narelda_jacobs
Narelda Jacobs and her partner Stevie Cruz Martin have both tested positive to Covid. Photo: Instagram/narelda_jacobs

She described the PM's response to the Omicron outbreak as "the old 'look over there' routine," saying that he's redirected attention off rising cases to the drama surrounding tennis player Novak Djokovic.

"@scottmorrisonmp, the problem is no longer what’s coming into Australia, the problem is what you’ve created within our borders by pushing to reopen & 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 & charities banding together to make sure everyone’s taken care of. We will get through because we’re doing it ourselves."

On Friday afternoon, Dominic Perrottet announced that like Victoria, NSW will begin counting positive rapid antigen tests like positive PCR tests.

He said that a registration system is in the works and will be released next week. He also expected more RATs would be available in the coming weeks.

The premier also introduced a number of new restrictions — such as a ban on singing and dancing in indoor venues — in a bid to flatten the curve of the state's growing coronavirus infections.

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