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Queensland has deadliest day of pandemic, Victoria records 41 deaths while NSW reports drop in COVID-19 cases


Victoria has recorded 41 deaths overnight and Queensland 21, while New South Wales has reported 18 further deaths of people diagnosed with COVID-19.

NSW recorded 8389 infections which is a significant drop from yesterday’s 10,698.

There are 2337 people being treated in NSW hospitals – compared to yesterday’s 2494 – and of those, 152 are being treated in the intensive care unit.

Victoria has recorded 7810 new cases and 41 deaths.

There are 687 people in hospital with the virus and 31 people on ventilators.

This is a slight drop from yesterday’s 707 hospital admissions.

Queensland records record number of COVID-related deaths

Queensland has reported 21 deaths and 8508 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. It is the most deaths the state has recorded in a day for the entire pandemic.

There are currently 727 people in hospital and 46 people admitted to intensive care.

This is a slight decrease in both hospitalisations and ICU admissions in comparison to yesterday’s 732 hospitalisations and 50 ICU admissions.

Wait times blow out for Victorian ambulances

More than a third of emergency calls aren’t being responded to within the recommended time in Victoria, data reveals.

Ambulance Victoria’s performance report for the final quarter for 2021 showed only 66.5 per cent of code one emergency triple zero calls are being responded to within the recommended 15 minutes.

This is compared to the same period between October and December in 2020 where 79.3 per cent of code one emergency triple zero calls were being responded to by ambulance crews within 15 minutes.

The statewide target is 85 per cent.

Victoria Ambulances are seen at the St. Vincent Hospital
Wait times for code one triple zero calls have blown out. (Getty)

Code one triple zero calls require “urgent paramedic and hospital care”.

The response time to code one triple zero calls is far worse in the outer suburbs of Melbourne.

In Hume, only 57.5 per cent of code one calls were being responded to within 15 minutes, while in Melton only 53.2 per cent of code one emergencies were being responded to within 15 minutes.

The data also revealed the average response time to code one emergencies in Victoria was 15 minutes and 11 seconds.

Some non-urgent elective surgery will return from next week in Victoria. (The Age)

After weeks of elective surgery having been paused across the state, Health Minister Martin Foley announced that private hospitals and day surgery clinics can recommence elective day surgery at 50 per cent of normal levels from this Monday.

Mr Foley said the resumption of further elective surgery would be considered a week later.

Meanwhile, the latest Victorian Health Services Performance report showed the elective surgery waitlist has blown out to 80,000.

The data showed almost 12 per cent of people were not receiving treatment in the recommended time.

The Victorian government also announced a $1.4 billion boost to help the health system cope with COVID-19.

Victoria recorded 11,240 COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths yesterday.

Western Australia records 25 new local cases

Western Australia has recorded 25 new local COVID-19 cases and one travel-related infection.

Of the new cases, 21 are linked to close contacts, while four are under investigation, with the source unknown.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: A COVID-19 testing clinic sign at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on January 21, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. NSW has recorded 46 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the deadliest day in the state since the start of the pandemic. NSW also recorded 25,168 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hour reporting period. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

Your COVID-19 questions answered

Some of the new local cases have been infectious in the community, with contact tracers working to determine new public exposure sites.



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