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Covid-19 cases reach new highs, causing temper in Australia

Australia’s daily Covid-19 cases hit a record high in three days yesterday, putting additional strain on hospital resources and testing facilities as public anger at the treatment of the rapid outbreak of the Omicron variant of coronavirus increases. Called.
Many Australians were already dissatisfied with the long queues at public exam centers and the lack of exams at home, but were given a medical exemption for tennis’s world’s best Novak Djokovic to enter the country. I was even more angry when the news was reported.
Under pressure at the beginning of the election year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced further relaxation of testing requirements to shorten long lines, to free rapid antigen testing for pensioners, the poor, and veterans. Provided access to.
The surge in cases over the last few weeks has created a long line at the publicly funded polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing center. As a result, authorities have asked people to ask for PCR tests only if they have symptoms, resulting in a shortage of rapid antigen tests that can be used at home.
Morrison said supplies will remain tight for the next few weeks and 200 million new supplies will arrive in the next two months.
“There is no magical solution. It’s an end. Therefore, this virus will continue to challenge us, and it’s important that we are all calm,” Morrison said after the National Cabinet Meeting. .. Authorities reported a record 64,774 new cases, the majority of which occurred in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, the country’s two most populous states. This exceeded the previous day’s total of about 47,800.
Since late November, when the first case of Omicron was detected in the country, infections have skyrocketed from just 1,200 per day.
In Australia, more than 612,000 cases and 2,290 deaths have been recorded since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, and more than half of these infections have been reported in the last two weeks. The number of people admitted to hospitals in New South Wales and Victoria increased by 10% from the previous day, and authorities warned that these numbers would increase further in the coming weeks.
“We have some challenging weeks before us,” NSW Deputy Health Minister Susan Pierce told reporters.
Under the relaxed rules announced yesterday, if the first test on arrival is negative, the arriving traveler will not need a second rapid antigen test. The government has also removed the requirement for PCR testing to confirm a positive rapid antigen test. Authorities also refused to reveal his vaccination status, but are keen on a decision to allow Djokovic to oppose the mandatory vaccine, which is a medical exemption for playing in the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam tournament. I criticized it. This decision has sparked protests against social media and criticism from other athletes, medical professionals and lawmakers.
Kevin Bartlett, a former Australian rules football player, tweeted that the Australian was “captured by a fool,” and another former player, Corey McCarnan, tweeted: You tell people they can’t go to Coles or Cafe without being vaxxed, but if you’re the best in the world, do you get a pass? “
Many Australians, especially those in Melbourne, who will host the first tennis major of the year later this month, have been exposed to a series of long-term blockages over the past two years. The federal and state governments insisted on the importance of vaccination. As a result, 90% of people over the age of 16 are double-dose and have a booster program in place.
Stephen Parnis, a former vice president of the Australian Medical Association, said on Twitter that Djokovic’s approval “sends a terrifying message to millions of people trying to mitigate the risk of Covid-19.” “# Vaccination is a respect, Novak.”
Tennis Australia and the Victorian Government have stated that Djokovic has not received special treatment in a blind review process involving a committee of health experts. When asked for his opinion, Morrison said he must provide acceptable evidence that Djokovic cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. “In my view, he should be treated like anyone else,” Morrison told reporters.



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