With a coronaviral pandemic expected to hit Australia, and with a rising number of Australians facing a financial crisis as a result, the country’s health system is facing an unprecedented challenge.
But it is not the only system facing the strain.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says the total number of cases is on track to reach 1.2 million this year, up from a projected 1.1 million.
And the figures show the coronavirolosis outbreak is being spread by people sharing personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves and goggles.
The number of confirmed cases and deaths has also risen from 1,300 to 1,500.
In the past week alone, Queensland has reported a total of 751 cases, with four deaths.
Queensland’s deputy premier, Julie Bishop, said the increase in cases was “distressing” and called on her state’s government to address the problem.
“We’ve got to address this,” Ms Bishop told 7.30.
“This is a health crisis.
This is an emergency.”
We need to be in a position where we can get this problem under control.
“Ms Bishop said Queensland was working with the state government, Health Department and other federal and state agencies to get the numbers of confirmed and suspected cases down to the “pre-recovery” level, which is around 3,000 cases a day.
But she warned that this was still “way too many cases”, with around 80 per cent of Queenslanders not being tested for coronaviruses.
Queenslanders currently need to travel to the Northern Territory for testing, which costs around $100.
However, Ms Bishop said the new rules would not affect Queenslanders who travel to New South Wales for testing.
Ms Bishop says the new requirements were needed because of the recent rise in cases.
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