I know how hard the @AUSOlympicTeam medical staff worked to keep the team COVID free. This decision by SA is a slap in the face to them and the athletes who competed in these games. #covidzero is an addictive and vindictive policy when taken to these extremes #auspol
— Dr. Nick Coatsworth (@nick_coatsworth) August 11, 2021
Former deputy chief medical officer Nick Coatsworth has joined in the criticism of the South Australian Government, who have imposed a further mandatory quarantine period on the 56 Olympians returning to the state.
AOC CEO Matt Carroll said South Australian authorities “are subjecting [athletes] to the most cruel and uncaring treatment”, adding that they were being “punished”.
AIS CMO Dr David Hughes said the decision to quarantine individuals “for such a lengthy period of time is in my opinion unreasonable and cannot be scientifically justified”.
In a series of tweets tonight, Dr Coatsworth declared the call “inexplicable”.