Spike in Kovid-19 cases big threat to Australian hospital system

Canberra: Australian health officials warned that a projected surge in COVID-19 cases could overwhelm the hospital system. According to modelling, the number of Australians being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals during the wave of BA.4 and BA.5 infections is expected to surpass 5,000.

On Monday, 4,327 COVID-19 cases were being treated in hospitals, up from 3,511 a week ago.

Australian Medical Association (AMA) vice-president Chris Moy said hospitals are facing a major threat as the number of influenza cases continues to rise in the country.

“This wave is scaring us because the BA.4 and Omicron subvariant strains are more contagious, cause more reinfection and can even lead to more severe disease,” he told Seven Network Television.

“So we’re really concerned about being overwhelmed and in a situation where, inevitably, people with COVID, and even those without COVID, are going to have to delay care in an emergency.”

It comes after health officials in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) warned on Monday that the daily COVID-19 case count could triple before peaking in late July or early August.

Karin Coleman, ACT’s chief health officer, said: “This new wave of COVID-19, along with ACT’s first influenza season in three years and an increase in other respiratory illnesses, is already affecting our community and workplaces. Still working.”

On Tuesday, Australia reported more than 40,000 new COVID-19 cases and more than 50 deaths. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Paul Kelly reiterated the federal government’s stance that Australians should take responsibility for their own health.

“Wear a mask if you’re indoors, if you’re eligible for treatment, check with your general practitioner now because it will reduce your chances of getting a serious illness,” he told people on Tuesday. called upon.

As of Monday afternoon, Australia has reported a total of 8,511,844 cases of COVID-19, including 10,326 deaths and 311,332 active cases, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health.