Annaliese van Diemen is to blame for Cedar Meats debacle

by Avi Yemini

The cluster of COVID-19 infections at Cedar Meats in Melbourne has risen to 49.

The Opposition Leader has called for an independent inquiry into the handling of Victoria’s worst cluster.

Who dropped the ball and why?

On the 2nd of April, the first case was linked to the abattoir. Then on the 24th and 25th of last month, two more cases were linked to Cedar Meats.

On the 29th of April, the facility was finally closed for 14 days, and all staff tested for COVID-19.

However, the state Government refused to name the company leaving many people to suspect a coverup.

Cedar Meats previously donated $15,000 helping Labor Party to power.

The company only came forth on the 4th of May, issuing a public statement. More than a month after the first case.

Who is responsible?

According to the Chief Health Officer’s website, Dr Annaliese van Diemen “leads the response to communicable disease incidents and emergencies”.

On the exact same day they shut down the facility, the person responsible, was too busy tweeting provocative, fake, anti-Australian rhetoric. The Deputy Chief Health officer neglected her actual duty that day, putting Victorian lives at risk.

Peter Dutton called for Dr Annaliese to be fired for that Tweet. I disagree because free speech is essential.

She should be fired for failing at her job and charged with manslaughter if there are any deaths associated with Cedar Meats.

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