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Overworked Sydney paramedics take ambulances home to be ‘on call’ during Omicron surge
Paramedics are ‘drunk on fatigue’ as many work 13-hour shifts then respond to emergency calls after they clock off, union says

Elias Visontay, Laura Murphy-Oates and Jane Lee

18, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Nation records 49 Covid deaths and 3,900 cases in hospital – as it happened
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Nino Bucci and Caitlin Cassidy

12, Jan, 2022 @7:31 AM

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Ambulance Victoria issues code red alert and NSW under ‘unprecedented’ pressure from Omicron wave
Demand for emergency healthcare soars as Covid isolation requirements sideline hundreds of paramedics

Elias Visontay

11, Jan, 2022 @5:57 AM

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Children’s vaccination program starts – as it happened
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Nino Bucci (now) and Matilda Boseley and Calla Wahlquist (earlier)

10, Jan, 2022 @7:38 AM

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Australian government won’t supply pharmacies with rapid antigen tests for concession scheme
Chemists say they will be put in ‘dubious ethical position’ after government says they must procure kits themselves

Elias Visontay

10, Jan, 2022 @7:11 AM

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Covid live: no need for fourth jab yet, UK advisers say; Germany toughens hospitality restrictions – as it happened
UK experts say protection against hospitalisation still 90% three months after booster; Germany also cuts isolation for boosted people after a Covid contact

Jem Bartholomew (now); Lucy Campbell, Georgina Quach, Martin Belam and Helen Livingstone (earlier)

08, Jan, 2022 @12:03 AM

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Without reliable case data, how does Australia know where the pandemic is going?
As testing fails to keep up with demand, daily figures are no longer solid. But experts say it’s important to capture all infections

Elias Visontay

07, Jan, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Almost all 12,500 hospital beds in NSW could be full during Omicron peak in worst-case scenario
Modelling predicts 6,000 people could be hospitalised with Covid in the second half of January

Elias Visontay

07, Jan, 2022 @7:28 AM

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‘Very vulnerable’: first Covid outbreak in Norfolk Island raises concerns about health system
Medical evacuations to Queensland possible if cases rise, with more than 10% of population in isolation and tourism suspended

Elias Visontay

06, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Covid outbreak at Sydney nursing home leaves residents ‘petrified’
Son of infected resident fears ‘an unmitigated disaster’, condemning Sydney facility’s response as ‘damage control’

Elias Visontay

06, Jan, 2022 @4:38 AM

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Record 47,738 cases nationwide; ACCC to ‘name and shame’ on RAT prices – as it happened
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Tory Shepherd, Cait Kelly, Michael McGowan and Luke Henriques-Gomes (earlier)

04, Jan, 2022 @7:18 AM

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Covid-positive nurses are working in NSW hospitals due to severe staffing shortages
Exclusive: Infected nurses recalled from isolation in breach of state health protocols ‘working with healthy staff and non-Covid patients’

Elias Visontay

03, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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