Victorian radio host Raf epstein (which is usually quite inexpensive when it comes to Covid-19 numbers) reports that the case numbers for the state will be similar to yesterday’s 2,297 infections.
This has not been independently confirmed by Guardian Australia, but we should find out one way or another when the state health department tweets the numbers in the next hour or so.
Multiple media posts reported this morning that travel between the New South Wales region and Sydney will be postponed for at least a week as vaccination rates lag outside the city.
ABC and the Daily Telegraph reported that the decision was made yesterday during a New South Wales cabinet meeting.
Regional travel was due to restart Monday after the state reached 80% complete vaccination by 16 and overcrowding. But here is the problem, it seems that NSW could well reach 80% on Sunday, to begin its next stage of reopening next Monday just a week after 70% of “freedom day”.
And while Syndey may move forward with vaccines at a record pace, many regional cities are falling behind, raising fears among mayors that the virus may soon be significant in regional centers and spread rampant.
For example, the Byron Bay LGA only has a double dose rate of 47.1%.
It looks like we could get confirmation of this change to the reopening plan when the prime minister shows up to speak today.
WADA report says public hospitals are in crisis
The Australian Medical Association has issued a dire warning about the capacity of the country’s public hospitals as wards prepare for an influx of Covid-19 patients.
“Our hospitals are full, there are simply not enough hospital beds or enough doctors and nurses, and tragic stories of deaths, deterioration and delayed care are becoming increasingly common,” says the report, titled Public Hospitals: Cycle crisis.
The report says:
Our hospitals are full, there are simply not enough hospital beds or enough doctors and nurses, and tragic stories of deaths, deterioration, and delays in care are becoming more and more common.
The report was released on Friday and says a shortage of hospital beds, overcrowded emergency departments and longer waits for elective surgery are “putting the lives of all Australians at risk,” reports AAP.
It warns of dire consequences if all governments fail to act, and says the hospital crisis was in full swing long before Covid-19 hit.
Hospital beds will be increasingly occupied by emergency admissions, doubling as a percentage of hospital beds by 2030-31, resulting in even longer waits for elective surgeries such as cancer diagnostic procedures.
He says the financing arrangements that underpin the hospital system are not fit for purpose and do not meet the demands of a growing and aging population.
The way to break free from crisis cycles is to change the way hospitals are funded, moving beyond a focus on activity and volume to a partnership based on community demand and timeliness of treatment.
President of the AMA Omar khorshid He said the report had been sent to the prime minister and all state and territorial leaders, as its findings required immediate action.
Australians look forward to receiving treatment when they need it. They wait for an ambulance to arrive when one is called, and they hope to be admitted to the hospital when they arrive.
At the moment, these expectations cannot be met and this is a symptom of a public hospital system in crisis.
Hello everyone, it is Matilda boseley here and we got to Friday. Just a little bit left, we can do it!
First of all, big congratulations to everyone reading this from the Australian Capital Territory. They woke up this morning for their first day of freedom after the territory’s two-month lockdown ended at midnight last night.
While there has been some criticism, easing lockdown restrictions is overly cautious as retail can’t reopen in-store customers until October 29 – ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr He defended the measures, saying they put public health first.
It ensures that safe activities are resumed and that riskier ones will wait until more of the population is fully vaccinated.
The latest figures show that 98.8% of Canberrans over the age of 12 have received a dose of the vaccine, while almost 75% are fully vaccinated.
It is also an important date in Victoria with the vaccine mandate deadline for more than 1.25 million essential workers.
The Victorian government gave authorized workers a fortnight to receive at least their first vaccination, or show proof of a reserve within the next week, otherwise they would be withdrawn.
The public health order covers retail workers, personal trainers, journalists, religious leaders, judges, police officers, lawyers, actors, professional athletes, and many other professions.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of workers still had to receive the jab and Tim piper, the Victorian director of the peak employers association Ai Group, said that “V-Day” was creating big problems and some companies were contacting him to report that workers were refusing to be vaccinated.
Workers have often been at their jobs for many years, they can be key people in the business …
Qualified and experienced employees are a rare commodity and some companies are at the edge of their wits trying to decide what to do.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews However, he said he did not apologize for his government’s vaccination policies.
These mandates, these requirements, push people to do what needs to be done.
Well, with all of that fresh in our minds, why don’t we get down to business with the news this Friday?