Australia's NSW imposes fresh curbs on socialising
The Straits Times|January 08, 2022
Australia’s most-populous state yesterday suspended non-urgent surgical procedures and introduced fresh curbs on socialising, as the government tried to ease pressure on its health system caused by rocketing Covid-19 cases.

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Singing and dancing at clubs and bars are banned in New South Wales (NSW) from today until Jan 27, while residents are being encouraged to limit large indoor and outdoor gatherings, and to remain seated while drinking in hospitality settings, Premier Dominic Perrottet told reporters yesterday.

Major events will be risk-assessed by two government departments, and front-line staff such as nurses and teachers now face mandatory booster vaccine shots to be considered fully vaccinated, he said.

A peak in hospitalisations is expected in late January, with 4,700 hospital beds and 273 intensive-care places expected to be occupied by Covid-19 patients at that time, according to modelling released by the government. The state has 1,000 intensive-care beds and 9,500 total beds, with a further 3,000 beds in the private hospital system which may be accessed if needed, the modelling shows.

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