Coronavirus crisis: Deaths spike as Omicron ‘peak’ ravages Australia’s Eastern States

Coronavirus crisis: Deaths spike as Omicron ‘peak’ ravages Australia’s Eastern States

While there is hope the latest Omicron outbreak has peaked for certain States, WA - in particular - “is another story”. Deaths are mounting and hospitalisations hitting record highs across the Eastern States as the pandemic tests the country’s health systems. The figures come as private pathology labs send out more notifications to Victorians whose PCR tests have been deemed invalid because they are more than seven days old. The lab said the situation arose over a backlog in tests due to “an unprecedented volume of samples enter(ing) our laboratories during the latest surge”. The news comes after it was reported last week another Melbourne pathology lab was revealed to have decided not to process week-old samples from 7000 tests taken over the busy Christmas and new year period. In …
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