COVID-19 cases drop to 860 in Victoria and 165 in NSW – numbers not seen in MONTHS

COVID-19 Cases continue to decline NSW and victoria and vaccinations grow from months to weeks after emergence lockdown,

Victoria records 860 new COVID-19 infections and five deaths as childcare services in the state send rapid tests to help speedy return of children identified as close contacts .

This is the second day in a row that new infections have tripled after 905 cases were reported on Sunday.

NSW reports 165 new COVID-19 cases and one death as hospitals have been given the green light to resume elective surgeries at full capacity.

The latest cases reported in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Sunday were 30 fewer than the previous day, while 50,453 came forward for testing.

NSW cases in hospital ranged from eight to 216 people, with 32 in intensive care.

About 94.2 percent of the population over the age of 16 have received at least one jab while 91.1 percent are now fully vaccinated.

In the 12-15 age group, 80.6 percent of teens took their first dose, compared to 73.5 percent of both.

South of the border, Victoria Hospital has 378 cases, with 48 on ventilators.

Health officials say virus testers processed 48,104 results in the 24 hours until Sunday evening and 5030 people were vaccinated.

Now 87 percent of Victorians over the age of 12 have been double vaccinated.

The latest figures come as young children who become primary close contacts will be allowed to return to childcare after seven days, as long as they undergo a rapid COVID-19 test for 14 days.

The Victoria state government will this week distribute free rapid antigen testing kits to kindergartens and long daycare centers to help manage the COVID-19 outbreak in early childhood services.

Starting Monday, eligible kindergarten and long daycare services are invited to join a program to receive rapid antigen testing at home for children identified as primary close contacts.

It will halve the quarantine for those children to seven days, allowing children to return to early childhood services after quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 in a PCR test on day six. Huh.

To re-participate in childcare, children must return negative rapid antigen tests for eight to 14 days, each attending service.

Families should report test results to their childcare provider each morning before attending.

Meanwhile, Victoria’s chief health officer has criticized the national cabinet COVID-19 roadmap for failing to mention what will happen in the ‘recovery phase’ of the pandemic.

Chief health officer Brett Sutton and health economist Stephen Duckett wrote an editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia.

‘Disappointingly, the (national cabinet) roadmap does not include any clear recovery phase; It seems as though we may soon breathe a sigh of relief and just move on,’ the article says.

Recovery will allow for planning for workforce responses, preparing for worker burnout and staff recovery.

It will also include lessons from the pandemic in government, hospitals and primary care services to find out ‘what went well, what went bad’.

He called for the federal government to share in the health costs caused by the pandemic and said decision makers should ‘assess and develop strategies’ by early 2022 to respond to the problems brought on by the pandemic.

Problems included health system delays, greater harm, mental health impacts, prolonged COVID and health worker burnout.

Monday marks a vaccine deadline for residential aged care workers who must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to continue working.

NSW Health announced last week that elective surgeries could resume unrestricted due to the state’s high vaccination rate and stable levels of community transmission of the virus.

NSW AMA President Danielle McMullen said the backlog caused by months of restrictions in hospitals could now be addressed.

‘The easing of these caps means hospitals and other health services can arrange for their catch up work and their normal non-COVID work … and more and more elective surgeries,’ he told Sydney Radio 2GB on Monday. may be able to participate. ,

Meanwhile, Labor and unions have criticized the NSW government’s plan to roll back a special COVID-19 protection for workers as harsh, unnecessary and ‘a stab in the back’.

Premier Dominic Perrot intends to eliminate a provision in the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act, which allows for the presumption that frontline workers who tested positive caught the virus while on duty.

The government estimates that maintaining the protection could invite an additional 25,000 claims over the next 12 months, raising insurance premiums to an average of $950.

COVID-19 claims could cost the workers’ compensation system up to $638 million in the coming year.

The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association says its members, who are at increased risk of exposure from patients, visitors and other colleagues in their workplaces, are outraged by the move.

Secretary-General Brett Holmes said members of the upper house of parliament received more than 24,800 emails from public sector nurses and midwives over the weekend, begging them to stop the government’s planned repeal. Another 590 emails were sent to lower house lawmakers.

“Despite their efforts to go above and beyond the past 22 months, essential workers who are infected with COVID-19 will face significant obstacles,” Holmes said in a statement on Monday.

“Yes, they can make a workers compensation claim, but if they are forced through a disputed claims process, they may take months to get results, or be without any income,” he said. if they are a casual employee,” he said.

‘Our health and aged care sectors have relied heavily on these workers during the pandemic and are now being left to fend for themselves against their employers and their insurer, iCare.

Business groups, however, welcomed the removal of the provision as it means it will not be so easy to file compensation claims for workers falling ill in retail, healthcare, hospitality and other frontline industries.