The first person to get sunburnt in Australia after an extreme heatwave
A man who says he was the first person in the world to get the severe heatwave-caused burns that led to the sunburns he suffered in South Australia last week is asking for the state government to reconsider its decision to ban outdoor activities for the rest of the year.
Key points:The first person is a 19-year-old who was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Brisbane for treatment”We’re looking at the risk of infection, the potential for it being spread,” Professor Tim Cockerill, head of the university’s department of epidemiology and biostatistics, told the ABC.
“And I think that’s a lot of work that needs to be done to get to a decision on how best to make sure that people get the maximum benefit out of their winter outdoor activities.”
Professor Cockerills advice comes as the State Government announced it was scrapping plans to limit outdoor activities in winter.
The new winter activities ban will be rolled out across the state in February.
It will apply to all outdoor activities including:Campsites, parks, horseback riding, walking and swimming in all state parks, beaches, rivers and lakes.
Bicycles, skateboards, skateboarding and snowmobiles will be banned in the state from the start of January.
But Professor Cockeril told the Radio National Breakfast that outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, snowboarding and skiing could still be allowed in some circumstances.
“I think the one area where it could be an issue is if you’re a cyclist or a skier, you can go out there, but you’d need to be very careful if you went out there in the snow,” he said.
“If you go out on a skateboard, that might be OK, but if you go on a sled you might have to wear a helmet.”
The one thing I’d really urge the state governments to look at is, if they are looking at putting outdoor activities restrictions in place, why can’t we put them in place and be as stringent as possible, but be as careful as possible?
“The State Government said it was reviewing the ban, which will be implemented from 1 February.
The ban will apply nationwide but in Victoria, where temperatures hit the hottest in December, the restrictions will only apply to outdoor activities like snowmobying, snow boarding and snowshoeing, the ABC reported.
The Government said in a statement it was making a decision based on a “thorough review of all existing regulations”.”
The Government’s primary consideration in considering this is the risk to health and wellbeing of the public and the health and welfare of people in the community,” the statement read.”
This is the case for all outdoor activity, including the outdoor activities that are restricted by this regulation.
“In addition, in the context of climate change, we will be looking at all existing restrictions, including any proposed new restrictions.”
We also look at any possible impact on the tourism industry.