Denpa News Australia is preparing to face more deaths due to the high number of Covid-19 cases in the next few weeks. The record of infections triggered by the Omicron variant has overwhelmed the health system. The state of Victoria also raised the state of emergency for hospitals.
“We’ve seen deaths, mostly in the elderly and people with other chronic illnesses,” Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday, 19 January 2022. The statement came a day after Australia had its deadliest day with 77 death due to Corona.
Amid record infections, Victoria state hospitals will switch to code brown status from Wednesday. Usually this code is only for natural disasters or mass casualty events.
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Meanwhile, the nurses demanded that the government lower military aid. Nurses in the neighboring state of New South Wales on Wednesday staged a rally in one of Sydney’s biggest hospitals against staff shortages.
“Nurses and midwives are tired, angry and frustrated. They feel that the NSW government is not supportive at all,” said nurse union representative Shaye Candish. The country’s hospital capacity has also increased rapidly.
Despite increased hospitalizations, authorities are trying to justify the decision to live with the virus. The reason is the high vaccination rate and believes that the Omicron is lighter than previous types of corona virus.
But the sheer number of cases has put pressure on hospitals, with the number of coronavirus patients being treated reaching 5,025 as of Tuesday. A month ago the figure was just 759 in the whole of Australia.
The death toll also rose by 50 in New South Wales and Victoria. These two states are inhabited by half the population of Australia. So far, Australia has reported around 1.6 million infections and 2,826 deaths since the pandemic began.
Singapore reported 1,448 new cases of the Corona on Tuesday afternoon, January 18, 2022. The cases consisted of 990 local cases and 458 imported cases.
According to the latest infection statistics on the Ministry of Health (MOH) website, no Corona patients have died. While the total death toll since the beginning of the pandemic due to complications of the corona virus has reached 843.
Tuesday’s number of cases was up from 1,165 reported on Monday. The weekly infection growth rate was 1.76, up from Monday’s 1.60. A reading above 1 means the number of new weekly cases is increasing.
A total of 589 new Omicron infections were confirmed as of Tuesday, comprising 85 imported cases and 504 local cases. This data is presented as a separate dataset of daily COVID-19 cases.
As of Tuesday, Singapore has recorded 294,462 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. There are 247 patients in the hospital. A total of 16 people need oxygen supplementation. Thirteen patients are in the intensive care unit.
As of Monday, 91 percent of Singapore ‘s eligible population had completed their full vaccination regimen under the national vaccination programme. This figure has been updated to include children aged five to 11 years after vaccination for this age group began on December 27. About 53 percent of the total population has received a booster shot of the Corona vaccine.