Health Minister Greg Hunt announces private hospitals will be treating Covid patients


Australia announces ‘next stage’ in fight against Covid including a drastic change to where patients will get treated

  • Private hospitals will now be treating Covid patients are Omicron cases surge
  • Health Minister Greg Hunt announced an agreement from 2020 to be activated 


Private hospitals will now be allowed to treat Covid patients as part of a new stage of fighting the pandemic.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the surge in Omicron cases meant the pressure needed to be taken off the public hospital system.

‘Firstly, we are activating the private hospitals agreement,’ he said.

‘This agreement was established over the course of late March and early April in 2020. 

‘And it was designed for supporting state hospital systems add any time where they may have significant numbers.’

Private hospitals will now be allowed to treat Covid patients as part of a new stage of fighting the pandemic. Health Minister Greg Hunt (pictured) said the surge in Omicron cases meant the pressure needed to be taken off the public hospital system

Mr Hunt said 57,000 nurses and more than 100,000 staff will be made available to treat Omicron patients across Australia.

‘The states and territories will where necessary work directly with the staff and with the hospitals themselves, whether it’s the large part of the — private hospital networks and it will be up to the states and territories to activate those,’ he said. 

Australia has suffered its worst day for Covid deaths since the start of pandemic with 74 people losing their lives so far.

A record 36 people died on Monday in New South Wales after testing positive to Covid, while 22 died in Victoria and another record 16 in Queensland.

The combined total smashed the pandemic record of 59 that was set on September 4, 2020, with other states and territories still to report their own casualties.

The youngest of the NSW fatalities was aged in their 40s while all but three were over-65 on what NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet described as a difficult day for NSW.

There was barely any change in new cases as health authorities and experts believe the Omicron wave has peaked in NSW and Victoria.

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