What’s new with COVID-19 in Australia on January 5, 2022 | Bay Post-Moruya Examiner


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The refrain was familiar – with test clinics turning people down, increasing new cases of RAT being rarer than chicken teeth. Hospitals continue to bear the brunt of ever-increasing numbers and this is now spilling out further down the chain, particularly in Victoria. The extreme demand for ambulances in Melbourne has prompted a “code red” from the service. For three hours between midnight and 3 a.m. on Wednesday, the service said there would likely be delays in arriving ambulances due to extremely high demand in the metro area. Residents of Queensland with mild symptoms of COVID-19 are urged to stay home as hospitals and testing centers are overwhelmed while in NSW also encouraging people to avoid queuing for PCR tests. Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said the state was doing “everything in its power to put downward pressure” on wait times for testing, some of the 50 million rapid antigen tests that l State ordered are expected to arrive next week. The pressure on the system is expected to intensify further next week when COVID-19 vaccines become available for children between the ages of five and 11. The pricing and distribution of RATs will be discussed at today’s national cabinet meeting. The state reported another record for daily cases with 35,054 new COVID-19 infections out of 108,844 tests and eight deaths recorded until 8 p.m. Tuesday. The number of people hospitalized rose to 1,491, including 119 in intensive care and 32 people on ventilators. As the number of intensive care units increases, the tally is lower than the peak of 244 seen in September. Victoria has registered 17,636 new cases of COVID-19, with almost one in three testing positive. There were 11 deaths reported in Wednesday’s figures, with the number of tests again falling slightly below 60,000. Active cases are at 51,317. There are 591 people hospitalized and 20 on ventilation. The state recorded 6,781 new cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour baseline. Ten people are in intensive care at the hospital, including two on ventilators, with a total of 268 hospitalized with COVID. Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said 18 million RAT kits had been obtained by the government but would not be ready immediately. The ACT reported 810 new cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours to 8 p.m. Tuesday, down from the 926 cases reported the day before. The new cases bring the active total to 3,069. There are 16 people hospitalized with COVID, with one person in intensive care and on ventilation. Tasmania recorded its largest single-day peak of new COVID-19 cases as the total number of active cases surpassed 3,000. In the past 24 hours, the state recorded 867 new COVID cases, 165 more than the day before, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 3,118. Of the new cases reported Wednesday, 333 are being cared for at home and 72 in a community facility. Active cases come from 2412 tests. Five people with coronavirus are hospitalized for unrelated medical problems. South Australia has reported 3,493 more cases of COVID-19, with more people hospitalized with the virus. The number of cases rose from 3,246 on Tuesday and hospital admissions rose from 102 to 125. The number of people in intensive care remained unchanged at 12 with one person on a ventilator. The Northern Territory recorded 117 new cases, up from 75 yesterday. There are 39 new cases of community transmission, 31 are close contacts, 46 are recent interstate arrivals, two are international arrivals and nine are under investigation. Five of the cases are from Katherine, the majority of the others from Darwin. Western Australia has registered five new cases of COVID. Three are linked to the Delta backpacker cluster. One is a security guard working at a quarantine hotel, while the other is close contact with an interstate arrival. 11 other cases are linked to interstate and overseas arrivals. All are isolated. – with AAP

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