Tuesday, May 17, 2022

NSW, Victoria see dip in Covid numbers; Sydney aged care homes cry for help

COVID-19 cases have decreased again in New South Wales, with 17,316 recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
A further 29 deaths were also reported, with hospitalisations falling slightly to 2,722 from 2,794 yesterday.
However, the number of people in intensive care rose to 181 from 175 yesterday.
Four Sydney aged care homes have recorded more than 170 COVID-19 cases apiece during the Omicron outbreak, with fears a lack of supplies is fuelling the spread.
Management at the facilities, which house some of the people most vulnerable to the virus, said there were two main reasons for the surge in cases.
They pointed to delays in testing, as well as delays in the booster shot rollout for both staff and residents.
Victoria has recorded 13,755 cases of COVID-19 and another 15 deaths, as new data reveals the majority of residents who died during the pandemic were unvaccinated.
The Department of Health found that nearly 62 per cent of victims were unvaccinated, with 53 per cent having not received any vaccine at all.
Only 1.7 per cent of those who died were fully vaccinated.

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