In light of the winter omicron wave still strains Australia’s health care system, medical professionals have urged policymakers to step up their response to COVID-19.
Hospitalizations have been at their highest level since February in the country’s two largest states, but Dr. Roderick McRae, President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in Victoria, indicated that the situation is set to grow much worse.
In order to assist medical personnel in their fight against the rising number of cases, he demanded that prompt action be taken to tighten health regulations.
McRae said, “Yet again, I call on the Victorian Minister for Health to review the decision about the limited range of mask mandates in circumstances where we know there is massive transmission of a highly transmissible virus.”
“I call on the Victorian Minister for Health to review the decision about the limited range of mask mandates.”
The workers in the health care industry are holding the hose like firefighters fighting a forest fire, while a lot of other policy decisions are adding kerosene to the fire on the other side.
Everything needs to be looked at on a consistent basis.
On Sunday, 9630 new instances of COVID-19 were registered in Victoria, with 760 persons being admitted to hospitals for treatment.
We thank everyone who got vaccinated and tested yesterday.
Our thoughts are with those in hospital, and the families of people who have lost their lives.
— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) July 16, 2022
During the most recent 24-hour reporting period, the state of New South Wales documented 10,198 cases of COVID-19.
COVID-19 update – Sunday 17 July 2022
In the 24-hour reporting period to 4pm yesterday:
– 96.7% of people aged 16+ have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
– 95.2% of people aged 16+ have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine pic.twitter.com/irmCuhDPon
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) July 16, 2022
More than two thousand people are receiving medical care in hospitals around the state at the moment, with sixty-three patients placed in intensive care.