Health associations are ‘very concerned’ about COVID-19 under Tasmania’s border reopening plan
Tasmania’s health associations say they are concerned about how the state’s hospitals will fare when the state opens to travelers from COVID-19 hotspots in December.
Vaccinated intergovernmental and international arrivals will be able to enter the state without quarantine from 15 December – provided they test negative for COVID-19 in the 72 hours before travel, provided they test negative for COVID-19 in the 72 hours before travel. travel-when Tasmania expects to reach a double-vaccination target of 90 per cent.
Health and Community Services Union Assistant Secretary Robbie Moore said he was “very concerned” that the health system would not cope with the number of cases expected by modeling from the Kirby Institute.
The modeling assumes that Tasmania will have an average of 258 COVID-19 cases per day over six months from 1 December under a scenario where current health measures remain in place, as well as a high level of contact tracing.
It predicts that 87 people would die during the period when 242 hospital beds were to be occupied by COVID-19 patients at the peak of the outbreak.
Under the reopening plan, returning Tasmanians would not be required to take a COVID-19 test if they had been away from the state for less than seven days.
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