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Covid cases DROP in NSW with 17,316 new infections as Victoria records 13,755

Covid cases DROP in NSW with 17,316 new infections and 29 deaths – as Victoria records 13,755 new cases and 15 deaths

  • NSW has reported 17,316 new Covid cases, while Victoria has seen a further 13,755
  • National cabinet to meet on Thursday with vaccines and chain on the agenda
  • Nurses also hold a protest in Western Sydney, demanding more support



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NSW reported 17,316 new cases of Covid and 29 deaths on Thursday, while Victoria has seen a further 13,755 cases and 15 deaths.

The number brings the number of active cases in NSW to 181,527, the lowest in the state since Jan. 4 and nearly 50 percent below the peak of 342,838 active cases on Jan. 16.

The capacity of the country’s health system, an update on vaccine rollouts and supply chain issues will be on the table on Thursday at the national cabinet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Prime Ministers and Prime Ministers.

Just over 93 percent of Australians aged 16 and over receive a double dose, while only about 75 percent of Indigenous people aged 16 and over have received two doses.

Indigenous Australians spokeswoman Linda Burney will use the federal parliament’s resumption in February to demand transparency on first doses for children under 12, as well as a breakdown of booster rates for adults.

National cabinet will meet on Thursday to discuss vaccine rollout and supply chain issues (pictured, a man is being tested for Covid at Sydney International Airport)

National cabinet will meet on Thursday to discuss vaccine rollout and supply chain issues (pictured, a man is being tested for Covid at Sydney International Airport)

“The government should report Indigenity in the five-to-11 group, it makes no sense that they aren’t,” she told AAP.

‘We need to know what the vaccination rate is for our very young. And it’s just remarkable to me and to many Aboriginal people that those rates are not reported.”

Federal data shows that approximately 33 percent of all Australian children between the ages of five and 11 have received their first dose.

Nearly 76 percent of the total cohort aged 12 to 15 years receive a double dose.

By comparison, about 64 percent of Indigenous children between the ages of 12 and 15 have received at least one dose.

More than seven million adults have received a third dose, but the federal government’s daily vaccination schedule shows no breakdown for Indigenous peoples.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) and Prime Ministers will meet in the national cabinet on Thursday to discuss, among other things, vaccine roll-out and supply chain

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) and Prime Ministers will meet in the national cabinet on Thursday to discuss, among other things, vaccine roll-out and supply chain

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) and Prime Ministers will meet in the national cabinet on Thursday to discuss, among other things, vaccine roll-out and supply chain

A recent survey by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association found that six out of 10 NSW intensive care nurses “have no intention of staying” once the Omicron outbreak subsides as nurses prepare for a meeting outside a hospital in the United States. west of Sydney.

“There are members who tell us they’re going to get through this crisis, and then it’s done,” Acting Assistant Secretary General Michael Whaites told AAP.

‘There are many who say: ‘Three to five years, great’. They don’t see themselves giving more than that.’

Whaites said he wasn’t sure how many nurses and midwives at Liverpool Hospital would join the protest on Thursday morning.

Isolation requirements are also likely to be discussed between the Prime Minister and Prime Ministers with calls to reduce the length to five days (Photo: Sydney Airport in November)

Isolation requirements are also likely to be discussed between the Prime Minister and Prime Ministers with calls to reduce the length to five days (Photo: Sydney Airport in November)

Isolation requirements are also likely to be discussed between the Prime Minister and Prime Ministers with calls to reduce the length to five days (Photo: Sydney Airport in November)

No matter how many might protest, nurses “desperately need” the government to commit to improving staff-to-patient relationships, Mr Whaites said.

“Right now the headcount is based on a calculation that goes over the week, and we know it doesn’t work.”

He said calculating shift ratios could instead help address hospital understaffing.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said on Friday that NSW Health modeling showed state hospitals had capacity and were still outperforming the targeted “best-case scenario” based on outbreaks in London and South Africa.

Mr Whaites said this was not in line with what the hospital staff went through.

Hearing a commitment from Mr Perrottet that the staffing rate would be addressed would give nurses ‘hope’ things would improve, Mr Whaites said.

It would do more than repeated thanks and praise to health professionals, who were “shallow and unsupported by actions,” he said.

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