Monday, October 3, 2022

As cases rise in Australia, restrictions come and go

Living in a perpetual state of extremes, Australian states and territories are marking their COVID response differences as we ease into the year.

As Queensland reunites with its citizens lifting the vaccine mandate from 14 April, South Australia is set to remove the mask mandate by the same time, while New South Wales refuses to relax COVID isolation rules in an immediate .

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“Not many people, it appears, are not really reporting positive cases,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazard said.

“We understand that their symptoms may be very mild, and they don’t think it’s necessary.”

“But I can tell you that public health practitioners are of the view that it is at least 50 percent higher, even more so, than what we are currently seeing in numbers,” he said.

Meanwhile, both Western Australia and Victoria are set to expand their emergency powers.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley Said that the state’s pandemic declaration would be extended until next week, a surge in Covid cases and hospitalizations is expected this month.

“We will get public health advice, but there is a strong expectation that that advice will lead to an increase in pandemic orders,” he said.

However, with minimal restrictions currently imposed on Victorians, Mr Foley said “That’s always the goal, the smallest footprint of sanctions that we can have.”

to follow Premier Mark McGowan announced on Monday that WA would remain in a state of emergency after July.

As cases rise in Australia, restrictions come and go

The move would see many of the state’s pandemic restrictions due to expire on July 4, a second time in late 2021 after a six-month extension.

“One thing I noticed about COVID is that it’s very unpredictable and so things can come along that you didn’t expect”

“And that’s why having the ability and the powers to do those things, I think is important,” Mr McGowan said.

Tasmania suspended itself in ‘watch and work’ mode at all times, while deliberating on easing close contact rules amid mounting pressure from business leaders.

More than likely in May, Director of Public Health, Dr. Mark Veitchclaimed that lifting the restrictions now amidst the increase in the cases of Kovid would be too risky.

“The experience of many countries abroad that have omitted quarantines has seen a fairly sharp increase in the number of cases and some other mainland Australian states have done some modeling that suggests that premature abandonment of quarantine requirements results in can make things worse. Better,” Dr. Veitch alleged.

So, in the end, the COVID restrictions and pandemic powers will play out in different jurisdictions as the virus sings to its tune.

Meanwhile, Covid cases and hospitalizations in Australia and New Zealand look like this:

Western Australia

  • New cases: 8,145
  • Covid related deaths: 5
  • Hospital and ICU admission: 242/6

northern region

  • New Cases: TBA
  • Covid related deaths: TBA
  • Hospital and ICU admission: TBA

Australian Capital Territory

  • New cases: 918
  • Covid related deaths: 1
  • Hospital and ICU admissions: 41/5

queensland

  • New cases: 9,946
  • Covid related deaths: 8
  • Hospital and ICU admissions: 479/15

new South Wales

  • New cases: 19,183
  • Covid related deaths: 12
  • Hospital and ICU admissions: 1,467 / 56

Victoria

  • New cases: 12,007
  • Covid related deaths: 8
  • Hospital and ICU admissions: 339/18

South Australia

  • New cases: 5,068
  • Covid related deaths: 4
  • Hospital and ICU admissions: 206/11

Tasmania

  • New cases: 2,437
  • Covid related deaths: 0
  • Hospital and ICU admissions: 44/2

New Zealand

  • New cases: 14,120
  • Covid related deaths: 23
  • Hospital and ICU admissions: 692/30

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