Thu. May 26th, 2022

Additional support is needed to strengthen Australia’s healthcare system as it struggles to cope with COVID-19 amid skyrocketing Omicron cases, warns the Australian Medical Association.

AMA President Omar Khorshid said with more people than ever before in the hospital because of COVID-19 that the system “leaned on individuals … without providing the necessary support”.

In the video above, the WHO says that Omicron appears to cause milder symptoms

“So elective surgery has now ceased along the east coast … thousands of HCWs (health workers) are not at work … more in the hospital with COVID than ever before, and the top Omicron is weeks away? This is our health system ‘coping’ , ” Dr. Khorshid wrote on Twitter.

He said GPs and private doctors “need help to help the rest of us”, and called for restored telecommunications access, faster antigen testing and funding to help doctors meet COVID-19 demand.

Dr. Khorshid said “proper investment” was needed in public hospitals so they could handle increases in demand.

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The death toll rose from Omicron spread

A total of 20 deaths have been recorded in NSW and Victoria as new COVID-19 cases continue to rise as a result of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

NSW recorded a further 30,062 coronavirus cases and its highest number of deaths since the pandemic began with 16 deaths.

Victoria posted a further 44,155 new infections and four deaths, and Tasmania reported 1406 new cases.

Queensland reported 11,174 cases on Saturday, announcing suspension of non-urgent elective surgery for eight weeks.

South Australia has not yet delivered its daily COVID-19 update on Sunday, but the state registered 4274 new cases on Saturday – an increase from 3707 the day before.


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