Some restrictions reintroduced as COVID-19 cases increase

Some COVID-19[female[feminine restrictions will be reintroduced in New South Wales in response to the growing number of cases.

The elective surgery has been postponed and it is not allowed to sing or dance in the reception areas, with the exception of performers or weddings.

It comes as the state has reported a record 38,625 cases, but health experts say the actual number infected is likely much higher.

Some restrictions are being reintroduced in New South Wales to ease pressure on hospitals. (Anna Kucera)

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said restrictions would go into effect in NSW from tomorrow until January 27 to handle the increase in Omicron cases.

Most major events in New South Wales will unfold with COVID security plans.

“So if you have a major event planned, throughout January continue as planned, none of those events will change,” Perrotet said.

The prime minister also urged people to “minimize mix-ups where possible” as well as to minimize home visits and gatherings inside.

Mr Perrottet said elective surgeries for elective surgeries will be suspended until mid-February.

Positive rapid tests to report

Going forward, residents of the state will also be required to report a positive rapid test result through the Service NSW app. An online registration system should be available by the middle of next week.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Kerry Chant said positive rapid antigen test results are now treated the same as positive PCR results.

“In today’s environment where the number of cases is so high, if you have symptoms and you have a positive RAT test, then you are a case,” she said.

“We also say that if you are a family contact or if you have had these high risk exposures, then you are also positive, you are a case.

A sign on the display informs the public of the requirements for face masks.

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“If you haven’t been exposed to anyone it’s really unusual for you to test positive, under these circumstances you could get a PCR to validate it,” Dr Chant said.

Omicron’s peak hasn’t arrived yet

NSW Assistant Health Secretary Susan Pearce said the state would have “well passed” the peak of the Omicron case spike by mid-February.

“We expect this peak to occur between the third and the last week of January,” she said.

“We have a tough week ahead of us. But we have planned this pandemic and have continued to reinvent ourselves for two years now.”

Half of all cases in people in their 20s and 30s

New modeling shows nearly 50% of all COVID-19 cases in NSW over the past week are in people aged 20 to 39.

“So there are 29% between 20 and 29, and 30 and 39 are 19% of cases,” said Dr Kerry Chant.

“Transmission occurs in a variety of contexts. Obviously, in family and social gatherings that people have, and also in places like pubs, clubs, nightclubs and concerns about dance behavior and singing, ”she added.

Dr Chant said that when people sing and dance they mingle with groups they would not otherwise interact with, which can further spread the virus.

“But when you’re actually dancing on a dance floor, when you’re energized and you’re singing in a group and moving around, then you risk exposing people you wouldn’t normally come into contact with on a daily basis.

“So with this time, we’re really trying to slow the spread, reduce the introduction of new social media as a spread slowing mechanism to remove this spike, mitigate that spike in the projections… to reduce the impact that we “see on our hospital and these other essential services in the community.”

Mandatory boosters for some caregivers

Today, it was also announced that a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine would become mandatory for some frontline health workers.

“So there are a number of workers here in NSW who we have found in high risk environments,” said Perrottet.

“Under these circumstances, we made vaccinations compulsory. We will move on to those warrants, including a reminder.

“So the Minister of Health is working on it right now, but this announcement today will ensure that it is our teachers, nurses, frontline health and disability workers, where NSW Health has. already required compulsory vaccination for some front-line staff. – we will move on to included boosters as part of this fully vaccinated determination. “

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