Covid-19 kills 27 more in Australia, more than 90,000 newly infected

The state is handling 171,369 active cases.

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Recent figures Victorian paramedics have warned that ambulances will be delayed for the second time in a week.

Ambulance Victoria (AV) says it is experiencing “high demand for ambulances” in metropolitan Melbourne.

“It is possible that you will be delayed in reaching the ambulance,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Our priority is to provide care for Victorians who need life-saving assistance.”

AV urged Victorians to use only triple zero for emergencies and to contact the nurse on call or see their GP because their illness is not an emergency.

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The NSW needs to change major rapid antigen tests as cases progress

New South Wales has reported 25,870 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths as the state government has forced residents to report positive test results at home.

The new cases reported on Tuesday were detected by only 71,000 PCR laboratory tests.

But NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant warned that the current daily case numbers are conservative because rapid antigen test results have yet to be officially included.

The state will move to a double-reporting system for infections this week that includes positive, self-administered RAT results – reported via the ServiceNSW app – and general PCR results.

People Are Queuing For Covid-19 Pcr Tests At Doctors' Surgeries In Sydney.

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Health Minister Brad Hazard told the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday Wants to make reporting of positive RAT results mandatory.

His department has sought advice from the Crown Solicitor’s Office on how to implement it legally.

“The bottom line is that it has to be done, even if there are no penalties,” Mr Hazard told SMH.

“At the end of the day, it is the responsibility of all of us to log in to the service NSW app, especially since it will give a clear picture of how the virus is spreading in the community.

“It also comes with the added benefit that if you are off work for a week, it can also open the door to federal financial aid.”

Tasmania has recorded 1,379 new cases as hospital admissions have declined

Tasmania has recorded 1,379 new COVID-19 cases, dropping to seven the number of people being treated in hospital for the virus symptoms.

The cases combine 1,015 self-reported positive rapid antigen tests and 364 PCR tests, bringing the number of active infections in the state to 8,356.

The Department of Health reported on Monday that seven of the 11 patients were being treated at the hospital, especially for Kovid-19.

Eleven others with the virus are in hospital for unrelated medical conditions.

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Fifty positive cases are housed in community management clinics, while 278 are monitored under the covid-at-home system.

Tasmania’s Child Health and Parental Services is reducing customer service delivery until February 4 to allow nursing staff to focus on broader health system requirements.

“This period will include canceling most appointments for older children (six months and up) to allow younger infants and their families to prioritize services,” the health department said.

“The service will continue to provide new parents with the opportunity to participate in new parent groups online and provide need-focused breastfeeding and perinatal mental health services.

“Service delivery will be available through either face-to-face or telehealth options that will be clinically appropriate at this time.”

Queensland attributes the jump to a test delay

The number of cases in Queensland on Tuesday doubled from 9,581 on Monday to 20,566.

But Monday’s case number was lower than expected because four private pathology laboratories were unable to report test results for Sunday.

The state also recorded one more death, in the late 1970s, of a person with “very significant” underlying medical problems.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said the number of patients on the ward was expected to rise by the second week of February.

“The disease we see now is dramatically different from what we saw at the beginning of the epidemic,” he said Tuesday.

Elsewhere, the ACT recorded 1,508 new cases and one death in the 80’s. There are 28 hospitals and four ICUs in the area.

The northern region has reported 594 new COVID-19 infections, Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manson said, adding that “there are 32 patients in hospitals across the region but only 11 of them are classified as acute admissions”.

New app for WA

A person who may have been infected with the Omicron variant while in the community is one of four new local COVID-19 cases in Western Australia.

The person identified as Case 1244 had close contact with the confirmed Omicron case who had just returned from Tasmania.

He then spent many days in the community in Perth.

Also on Tuesday, the state government launched a new ServiceWA app integrating Vaccine Record Proof, SafeWA QR system and G2G Travel Pass.

This comes at a time when the government is preparing to increase sanctions for those not vaccinated before reopening the border on February 5.

‘Australian workers are not well now’

The unions are calling for an immediate meeting with the federal government to discuss the impact of the spread of the Omicron version of COVID-19 on tired urgent workers.

Sally McManus, secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison overnight with a list of demands for warning that “unofficial lockouts” could hurt affected workers.

“The prime minister has not listened to the people working and we are on the front lines,” Ms McManus said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Australian workers are not well now.

“We have never had so many sick people working at one time.

“Health workers are tired, people are anxious and uncertain.”

Demands include restoration of epidemic leave for workers who are in close contact with an infected coworker rather than a domestic contact.

Actu Secretary Sally Mcmanus.

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The unions also want free quick antigen tests for everyone and tests to be a priority for frontline workers until supply problems are resolved, and the requirements for work masks must be in the N95 or P2 standard.

“Many are losing their pay when they are sick because they do not have sick leave,” said Ms. McManus.

“Others are losing hours and their jobs when businesses are closed or cut off as they turn into informal lockouts.”

Scott Morrison called for the reopening of the coordinated school

Meanwhile, as COVID-19 cases escalate, there remains uncertainty about how students will be able to return to school safely.

Ahead of Thursday’s national cabinet meeting, the country’s chief medical advisory panel met on Monday to discuss the start of the 2022 school year.

NSW and Victoria have backed the federal government’s push for a coordinated approach, with state premiers meeting on Monday to discuss virus-related issues, including most schools.

Queensland has postponed the start of its school year for two weeks, citing delays in giving students more time to get vaccinated before classes resume.

Authorities in South Australia say rapid antigen tests are needed to help teachers keep track of the virus.

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The school year begins at the end of January, and at the same time the Omicron version cases are expected to be extreme.

Children between the ages of five and 11 have been allowed to receive the Pfizer vaccine since Monday, With an estimated 2.3 million children now eligible for their first dose.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in talks this week that he plans to return to school.

“This is clearly a major issue for parents as they are thinking about getting their children back to school in a few weeks,” Mr Morrison said Monday.

“We will see to it that the arrangements are clear in time.”

Mr Morrison reiterated his priority for students to return to the classroom on the first day of their tenure, instead of learning from home.

The country’s chief medical officer, Professor Paul Kelly, said health-based issues would be considered before making an integrated approach.

“It’s about balancing the importance of broader and face-to-face education in schools at risk of covid,” he said.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said he wanted to see students return to the classroom and urged people to follow the health advice surrounding the return.

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