Coronavirus COVID-19 preparations ramp up in Western Australia amid warning outbreak is inevitable

Coronavirus COVID-19 preparations ramp up in Western Australia amid warning outbreak is inevitable. By James Carmody.

The latest Health Department modelling indicated there would be a higher risk of COVID-19 spreading through WA by late April or mid-May, while August was forecast to be the most dangerous period. … Health Department modelling indicates a coronavirus outbreak in WA could last up to 6 to 12 months. …

WA’s chief medical officer Andrew Robertson said an outbreak in the state was now “probably inevitable”. …

Many non-emergency elective surgeries are expected to be cancelled and doctors and nurses working desk jobs may be redeployed to treat patients on busy hospital wards. …

Specialised “fever clinics” and “respiratory clinics” are likely to be established as places where patients with less serious cases of coronavirus can receive more basic treatment, to take the load off hospitals.

Not enough hospitals or medical resources:

[WA Health Minister Roger Cook said, ] “We may simply not have the physical resources to deal with this particular outbreak.”

Also:

Coronavirus testing in WA has escalated to the point where 30 to 40 people are being tested per day, but out of more than 600 tests conducted so far there have been no confirmed cases, outside of those who had been aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

Getting closer to home for this blogger.

So foreseeable. So easily avoided. But our ruling deep state is so incompetent. Who is going to die?

Might not be too late to close the borders.

hat-tip Joanne