An enraged doctor has revealed that his colleagues are relying on facial shield donation charities in a devastating destruction of Daniel Andrews’ response to the coronavirus.
Victoria is fighting a deadly second wave of infections with 7,808 active coronavirus cases, 998 of which are health workers.
Nurses from various states are flown in to help with the shortages as hundreds are forced into isolation.
Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal, who works at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Melbourne, blames the lack of personal protective equipment for the high number of infections among those on the front lines.
“It’s a really bad situation, since this whole crisis started, we called for good access to good protective equipment – that means masks, that means jackets, that means gloves.
“The problem is, it’s very patchy,” he told The Today Show on Monday.
Victoria is battling a deadly second wave of infections with 7,808 active coronavirus cases – 998 of which are health workers (photo: a woman speaks to medical staff at the entrance to Melbourne’s Epping Gardens aged care facility)
A medical worker in protective gear enters the Epping Gardens aged care facility in the Melbourne suburb of Epping
He said the level of safety equipment you have access to depends on the hospital or department where you work.
‘That’s not right, these people are on the front line and these people are really getting sick. It is very important that we get the equipment so that our people stay safe.
‘There are many problems here. Make your staff number one. Number two: make sure they have the right equipment. ‘
He said he was tired because he felt like no one was listening.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews was adamant that there were “adequate supplies” of personal protective equipment available.
Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, who works in a Melbourne testing clinic, blames the lack of personal protective equipment for the high number of infections among those on the front lines
It’s not time to celebrate yet, but there is hope in the declining number of new infections
People will be enjoying St Kilda pier in Melbourne on Sunday with their masks and face shields firmly on, while residents adhere to phase four rules to stop the virus outbreak
“We have 68 million gloves, 19 million surgical masks, 2 million face shields, we have sufficient supplies of PPE.”
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 21,084
New South Wales: 3,861
Western Australia: 642
South Australia: 459
Australian Capital Territory: 113
Northern Territory: 33
TOTAL CASES: 21,084
CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 8155
Kylie Ward, chief executive of the Australian College of Nursing, said ABC Many nurses feared not having access to the equipment when they needed it.
One of the things I hear is the level of guilt because they don’t feel like they are doing enough, even though they are the spirit of Australia and they are doing a fantastic job. It is the burden we place upon ourselves in a life of choosing to be a nurse and serve a lifetime. ‘
A Melbourne nurse who contracted the virus claimed she repeatedly asked the hospital for an N95 mask, but was instead given a surgical mask and a plastic face shield.
She was told an N95 mask was not necessary.
She feels her health has been endangered because she was not given proper safety gear.
The state’s Department of Health and Human Services recently updated its advice for health professionals on face masks and recommended that they wear N95 respirators when treating patients known to have the disease or suspected of having the virus.
Victoria is grappling with a deadly second wave of infections after alleged security breaches within their hotel quarantine program.
A family frolics in a St Kilda park in Melbourne on Sunday as new business dwindles
Hari Krishna’s happily sings on the St Kilda waterfront on Sundays. Experts are convinced that Victoria’s daily new infection rate appears to be dropping
There are 634 people with the coronavirus in the hospital in Victoria, 43 of them in intensive care, Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday.
To date, 1,725 Victoria health workers have been affected by the virus, 994 of which are still active cases.
The Melbourne metropolitan area has been worst affected with 13,445 cases, compared to just 889 from regional Victoria.
On Sunday, the state registered 394 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 14,659, of which 7854 are active.
New South Wales registered 10 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, only one of which was a returning foreign traveler in hotel quarantine.
WHAT MELBOURNE’S STAGE FOUR LOCKDOWN MEANS FOR YOU
State of disaster: More police powers to enforce the lockdown. No more precautions are given, just $ 1,652 fines or court subpoena
Curfew: No one is allowed from 8 pm to 5 am, except for work, medical, health care – no shopping or sports
Distance limit: Shopping and sports are only 5 km from home
Practice: All leisure activities are prohibited and you can only exercise with one other person for one hour a day
Partners: You can visit a friend who doesn’t live with you, even if they live more than 3 miles away
Shopping: Only one person per day can shop for groceries per household
Cafés and restaurants will remain open for take-out, as will supermarkets, etc.
Schools: All students learn from home from Wednesday, unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and daycare close on Thursdays (the same exceptions apply)
Funerals: No change in burial limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne for one to regional Victoria
Weddings: Completely prohibited
Public transport: Reduced after 8pm and canceled late at night
Community sports: All community sports in Victoria are now prohibited. Only sports are allowed within the permitted public aggregate limits of two people.