There are fears New South Wales’ hospital system is starting to feel the strain of the state’s fourth COVID-19 wave, after the state recording a sharp jump in patients yesterday.
The state saw a near-record 20,794 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and four deaths, with 1204 coronavirus-positive patients being treated in hospital.

The admissions mark a jump of 138 from Sunday. There are 95 people in intensive care, 25 requiring ventilation.

Emergency ambulance leaving the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney on January 15, 2020. (Isabella Poras)
NSW Health is imploring residents not to call Triple Zero unless absolutely necessary.

“We all need to play our part in not placing any unnecessary burden on the health system,” it said on Twitter.

“You should not call Triple Zero (000) or attend a hospital emergency department if you want to get a COVID-19 PCR test.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 23: A health worker looks on at the Histopath pre-departure COVID testing clinic at Sydney International airport on December 23, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Demand at COVID-19 testing centres across Sydney has increased in the lead up to Christmas as NSW coronavirus case numbers rise. People travelling to Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia are required to show a negative PCR test to enter those states while Western Australia's borders are closed to NSW traveller
Demand at COVID-19 testing centres across Sydney is still being felt as coronavirus cases surge. (Getty)

It comes after ICU Society President Dr Mark Nicholls told Today healthcare workers are exhausted even though the Omicron strain, which accounts for most of the state’s cases, is less severe.

“There is always the potential for a system to come under strain, and also potential for the system to be overwhelmed, even with a less virulent organism,” he said.

“After the wave that we had in NSW and also in Victoria, staff are tired and they’re fatigued.”

Victoria yesterday saw a record 7172 new cases from more than 48000 tests, with three deaths.

Source: 9News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Son, 35, ‘stabbed hotelier to death and injured his own mother’

The son of millionaire hotelier Sir Richard Sutton’s partner stabbed him to…

Debra Velleman Of Wisconsin, Sue Borries Of Illinois Still Missing Over A Week After Panama Plane Crash; Families Says U.S. Government Has Failed To Take Action

CHICAGO (CBS) — A plane carrying five people – including a retired…

Inside a negative pressure chamber with a contagious COVID-19 patient

It’s the riskiest place you could be a pandemic: inside a sealed…

Miami condo collapse search resumes as 7-year-old victim found and officials prepare to be hampered by Hurricane Elsa

SEARCH and rescue operations have resumed at the site of the deadly…