National daily COVID deaths decrease to just 24 lives lost

Australia reported nearly 21,000 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday as reproductive rates in the virus plateau across the country.

Sunday also saw far fewer deaths, with 24 reported, compared to 70 on Saturday.

Saturday’s death toll was the highest number in more than a fortnight, but also included unreported deaths in South Australia since earlier in the year.

There are about 220,000 active virus cases across the country.

The rate of effective reproduction of the virus lies in about one in each state and territory, meaning that one infected person will infect at least one other person.

Meanwhile, Australian doctors in training say they are deeply concerned about the future of the healthcare sector as former professionals struggle with burns caused in part by COVID-19 and the flu.

The Australian Medical Students Association is urging governments to urgently address pressure on the workforce and commit to long-term planning when funding the National Medical Workforce Strategy.

Medicos torn under stress

“Disaster” staff shortages, extreme burns and intensified clinical demand are among the factors driving the sector, association president Jasmine Davis says.

The peak body concerned crisis will have consequences for patient safety.

“We know that a burning, understaffed medical workforce may not be able to properly teach the next generation of doctors, despite their desire to do so,” Ms. Davis said.

“As a result, medical students have faced significant disruption in their medical education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – now in its third year – with canceled placements, restricted patient access and online classes.”

Nearly nine out of 10 doctors are experiencing burns, according to a recent survey by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Latest 24 Hour Data on COVID-19:

  • NSW: 5387 cases, five deaths, 1255 in hospitals and 45 in ICU
  • Queensland: 2383 cases, one death, 329 in hospital, seven in ICU
  • ACT: 643 cases, no deaths, 80 in hospitals, two in ICU
  • WA: 4900 cases, two deaths, 261 in hospitals and seven in ICU
  • Victoria: 4766 cases, 16 deaths, 454 in hospitals and 27 in ICU
  • NT: 163 cases, no deaths, 18 in hospital without anyone at ICU
  • Tasmania: 489 cases, no deaths, 39 in hospitals and three in ICU
  • South Australia: 2134 cases, no deaths, 246 in hospitals and five in ICU

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