Despite being positive for Covid-19, the Australian nurse has apparently been recalled to work in the hospital ward
According to the Guardian, Covid-positive nurses in New South Wales are required to work in hospitals due to a shortage of manpower. The Australian authorities denied these allegations.
On Monday, the “Guardian” reported that desperate hospital managers had to recall nurses who were still testing positive for Covid to resolve the shortage of staff.
The newspaper said that multiple nurses working in several hospitals in New South Wales (NSW) contacted the newspaper and they claimed that they were working with colleagues who were Covid positive.
According to the paper, with the spread of Omicron variants, approximately 2,500 medical staff across the state are in quarantine, which puts tremendous pressure on the hospital system.
Allegedly, hospital staff were informed informally and verbally that Covid-positive nurses can return to work, provided they are asymptomatic and wearing personal protective equipment.
Some sources told the Guardian that some nurses had obvious symptoms at work, including coughing and sneezing. “God will help any non-Covid patients in the hospital right now. They are sitting ducks,” A nurse told the Guardian Australia.
However, the state’s health authorities denied that staff who were Covid positive were working in the ward.
“Medical staff in New South Wales who tested positive for Covid-19 must be isolated at home and must not return to work until they are released,” A spokesperson said.
Regulations were relaxed on New Year’s Eve, allowing workers in close contact with Covid cases to leave isolation if they are asymptomatic and deemed essential by their employers.
The Governor of New South Wales, Dominic Perrottet, stated that the healthcare system is capable of responding to the Omicron wave.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison reiterated these comments on Monday, noting that Australia’s health system can manage “Very different virus” – A reference to a variant of Omicron.
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