Hospital visits are BANNED in NSW just days before Christmas in the face of raging Omicron wave – as state suffers its worst ever day for Covid case numbers
Hospital visits have been banned in NSW after the state recorded its highest ever daily spike in Covid-19 infections.
NSW Health issued the alert on Thursday night, amid growing fears about the new Omicron variant.
NSW recorded 1,742 new cases on Thursday – the biggest tally the state has seen since the pandemic began.
The news is a devastating blow for families banned from seeing loved ones in hospital a week out from Christmas.
Hospital visits have been banned after NSW recorded its highest daily spike of Covid-19 cases
‘We have temporarily restricted visitors to healthcare facilities due to increasing transmission rates with the emergence of the Omicron variant,’ a statement read.
‘We have not made this decision lightly. We must always prioritise our vulnerable patients and staff who are arguably the most vital workers needed in a pandemic.
‘Health settings more than any other setting in the community necessitate added caution given the impact transmission events can have on staff and patients.’
Visitors will be permitted in exceptional circumstances circumstances and compassionate reasons such as supporting women in labour, providing care for children in hospital and loved ones in palliative care.
Local Health Districts will grant visitor exemptions on a case-by-case basis.
Visitors granted entry must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask.
NSW Health says it will continue to monitor the evolving situation and update advice for visitors accordingly.
The decision sparked outrage shortly after being announced, a day after NSW scrapped a host of restrictions, including density limits, QR codes and masks in most settings.
‘Here we are limiting access to hospitals (for visitors ) and yet the rest community can now swan around maskless like the pandemic is over. Which one is it?,’ one man wrote.
Another added: ‘Let people go see loved ones in hospital over Christmas, you ruined last Christmas now your doing it again.’
But some backed the controversial stand to out the .
Totally understand not just our vulnerable patience but our doctors and nurses are also at risk of transmission of this virus we do not need to see them in isolation, we would be understaffed,’ one woman wrote.
Another added: ‘I applaud you for putting your patient’s priorities and safety first.’
An urgent health warning has been issued for a Taylor Swift album party in Sydney with 97 attendees testing positive to the virus, as officials desperately try to contact all 600 fans.
Anyone who attended the ‘On Repeat: Taylor Swift Red Party’ at the Metro Theatre on George St from 9pm last Friday is a close contact.
Attendees must immediately get tested and isolate for seven days. All household contacts must also get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.