Sky News host Paul Murray says what happened in South Australia was “embarrassing” and Premier Steven Marshall should be “forced to resign”.
“There are people who are taking advantage of the fear that is created by a virus that we are on top of in Australia,” Mr Murray said.
Premier Steven Marshall announced last week the state would go into a “six day freeze” to slow the spread of the virus.
The strict lockdowns were however redacted after it emerged a pizza store worker misled contact tracing teams.
Mr Murray said in South Australia, health officials took the advice that was being “passed up the chain of one person lying to pretend there was a magical strain of the ‘radeliade’ virus”.
“Yet it was used as the justification to shut down an entire state,” he said.
“This was an admission about contact tracing failure, this was an admission about a health system that didn’t know what it was doing.
“The bloke who should be begging for forgiveness is instead giving himself a gold star.
“He should be embarrassed and very close to resigning.
“This bloke should be forced to resign, instead, he thinks he knows that people love when ‘daddy government’ tells them to do about a virus.”
Mr Murray said those people who advised Premier Marshall to lockdown the state “should be sacked”; and the premier should then “sack himself”.