The Weekend Leader – Australian state updates Covid risk rating as cases rise

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The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has changed its Covid-19 risk rating from green to amber, requiring the wearing of masks in all hospital areas and the number of visitors monitored to protect staff and patients.

In a statement, NSW Deputy Health Secretary Deb Willcox pointed out that the requirements in all public hospitals and health facilities are due to the increase in the number of cases in the community, the news agency reports. Xinhua.

The state’s latest figures showed there were a total of 27,869 new infections recorded for the seven days through Thursday, up from 19,800 the previous week.

“Implementing these changes now means our staff and the community can look forward to the holiday season with more confidence,” Willcox said.

According to the statement, a significant factor in improving alert levels was the number of healthcare staff unable to work due to a positive Covid-19 status and/or awaiting a negative test result.

“As of November 16, there were 1,089 healthcare workers in isolation compared to 645 the previous week,” he said.

“This is an important indicator for our healthcare system that we need to strike the right balance with simple measures that can help us avoid bigger changes.” -IANS

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