Reported from Reuters and Channel News Asia, Wednesday (19/1/2022), this warning was delivered on Wednesday (18/1) local time, when a record case of infection triggered by varian Omicron overwhelm the health system, forcing the state of Victoria to raise its state of emergency for hospitals.
“We have seen and we will continue to see deaths, mostly in the elderly, mostly in people with other chronic diseases,” Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday (18/1), a day after Australia experienced its deadliest day with 77 deaths from COVID-19.
Amid record infection cases, Victoria state hospitals from midday on Wednesday (18/1) will move to “code brown” status, usually applied to natural disasters or mass casualty events.
Meanwhile, nurses in the neighboring state of New South Wales (NSW) staged a demonstration at one of Sydney’s largest hospitals, protesting a staff shortage. They demanded that the government ask the army for help.
“Nurses and midwives are tired, angry and frustrated and feel that the NSW government is not supporting them at all,” said nurse union representative Shaye Candish.
Kelly said the country’s hospital capacity was facing an increase in patient admissions.
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