Sydney’s healthcare system is collapsing under pressure from the spiraling Covid epidemic in the city, with surgery suspended at several hospitals and the military enlisted to enforce the lockdown.
Defense Minister Peter Dutton confirmed Thursday evening that 300 people would be deployed to help NSW Police enforce the strict restrictions on millions of people across Sydney.
They will be deployed across Sydney from Monday.
It comes after NSW on Thursday recorded its worst number of Covid cases, with a whopping 239 cases as the state’s health system struggles to contain the Indian Delta strain.
Recently released figures also showed that the state’s contact tracing system was overwhelmed with the number of cases, with an increasing number of mysterious cases unresolved for weeks on end, and a delay in the time it takes to notify the results. positive tests and questioning new cases about their movements.
Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred, St Vincent and Liverpool hospitals have all had to suspend elective surgery during the lockdown as Health Minister Brad Hazzard has acknowledged the hospital system is under “significant stress”.
St Vincent’s Hospital, on the outskirts of Sydney’s CBD, is one of three hospitals to put elective surgery on hold due to coronavirus
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So many exposure sites have popped up in the city that many workers are isolated, which means there is not enough manpower to perform non-urgent procedures.
A spokesperson for the Sydney Local Health District said that although elective surgeries were temporarily suspended at RPA Hospital, “arrangements are in place with private hospitals to assist us with elective elective surgery if necessary “.
St Vincent’s, located in Darlinghurst just outside the CBD, told the Sydney Morning Herald that they “are looking to meet the needs of their patients” before adding “if things get worse we won’t be able to keep the load that we are. Do.’
The situation is even more dire in Liverpool, with the hospital in an identified Covid hotspot in southwest Sydney.
They have only carried out emergency operations for two weeks, other operations have been moved nearby. Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital.
With daily tests in NSW currently hovering around the 100,000 mark, tThousands of Covid nasal swabs are now placed on planes and transported between states for testing.
Some test labs in Sydney are simply unable to keep up with the high demand, with people in some cases waiting up to 10 days for their results.
Laverty Pathology, which runs the drive-thru Covid testing clinics in Sydney, admitted some results took up to 72 hours – resulting in help from experts from other states.
The state’s once-vaunted contact tracing system was also struggling to cope.
Figures show a growing backlog of mysterious infections that have not yet been linked to a source – some of them are a month old – and a growing number of those infected are waiting longer to be notified of positive tests and to be interviewed on their movements.
NSW Health figures reported in The Australian showed that there are 779 infections – almost a third of active cases – whose source is unknown.
Of these, 119 are positive cases that were recorded in the first two weeks of July, more than a fortnight ago, but were still unrelated to other cases.
The percentage of people notified of a positive test result within the day fell from 90% to 84% in a week, and the percentage of people notified who were interviewed within 24 hours dropped alarmingly by 85% there just 67% a week ago this week.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has also confirmed that he has made a formal request to the Federal Government for assistance from the Australian Defense Force in the Covid-compliance operation. 19 in progress.
The NSW Police Force will significantly expand its enforcement activities in Sydney over the next few days and have asked 300 ADF personnel to increase its operational footprint.
Commissioner Fuller said the NSW Police Force and the ADF have forged a close relationship throughout the pandemic.
The Australian Defense Force has also been called in to assist with the ongoing Covid-19 compliance operation across New South Wales
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“ADF assistance has been essential over the past 18 months – especially during the border operation last year, the ongoing hotel quarantine operation and the assistance provided with logistical support. at the police operations center, ”he said.
“With an increase in law enforcement activities over the coming week, I have now formally requested the Prime Minister for ADF staff to assist in this operation.
“I would like to thank the Prime Minister for his continued support. “
Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott welcomed the request for help.
“There is a long-standing and highly professional relationship between the NSW Police Force and the ADF,” Mr. Elliott said.
“As I said previously, military support will add another line of defense to the NSW government’s crackdown on Covid-19 compliance.
“The Army’s unique skills and training have repeatedly combined with those of our police officers to serve the people of NSW in times of crisis, such as the floods and severe bushfires we have experienced in recent years.
“It will be a functional, efficient and dynamic team to fight this pandemic. “
After the huge number of cases confirmed Thursday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also announced that two million Sydney residents living in one of the eight LGAs in the western and southwestern suburbs hotspots should wear a mask whenever they leave their homes.
Ces zones sont Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Campbelltown et Georges River.
Starting at midnight on Saturday mornings, residents of these LGAs cannot travel more than 3 miles from their homes for essential groceries or exercise.
HOW SYDNEY’S TOUGHER LOCKING RULES AFFECT YOU
At the eight LGA hotspots starting at 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 31 (Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta):
Residents must wear a mask when leaving the home, including when they are outside.
The travel limit for exercise and essential purchases has been reduced to 5 km from 10 km.
Those in a “singles bubble” with another person must follow the same travel restriction.
Across New South Wales:
Penalty for violating mask restrictions will drop from $ 200 to $ 500
The police will have the power to shut down public places, construction sites and businesses that are found violating public health orders.