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"Emergency departments are under extraordinary levels of pressure across the entire system. We've got a perfect storm of people presenting with COVID-19, but also high levels of staff shortages." - Dr Clare Skinner, @ACEMPresident. #abc730
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“Beyond the confirmation of the 3 deaths that we've all received, we've received reports today from the Tongan government that there are a number of significant injuries suffered by villagers.” - @PeeniHenare, NZ Defence Minister. #abc730
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How many Australians have had a booster shot? #abc730 @ingating
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“The PM clearly felt he needed to explain himself to the Australian public today as the pandemic death toll continues to rise, the hospital system strains, COVID tests are difficult to obtain & massive workforce shortages cripple the economy.” - @latingle #abc730 #auspol
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At least three people have died in Tonga after a tsunami hit the island, caused by an undersea volcano that erupted over the weekend. #abc730
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“Beyond the confirmation of the three deaths that we've all received, we've received reports today from the Tongan government that there are a number of significant injuries suffered by villagers.” - @PeeniHenare, NZ Defence Minister. #abc730
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“It has been made clear to us that medical supplies will be important in the relief effort that we've seen from New Zealand.” - @PeeniHenare, NZ Defence Minister. #abc730
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“The most stark description that was given to me in the briefing from the defence force was the lack of colour. You imagine Pacific islands with ... the bright colour of the sands and beaches. It is all very grey and dull because of the ash.” - @PeeniHenare, NZ Defence Minister
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“From the Tongan government, they're telling us that they are doubling their effort to make sure that they can clear the runway in the first instance … in the hope that it will be functional by around about midday or early afternoon tomorrow.” - @PeeniHenare, NZ Defence Minister
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"My understanding is that with respect to the airport, the ash cover is significant, but not overwhelming … However, I know that ash fall in some of the other places and other islands around Tonga is actually quite significant." - @PeeniHenare, NZ Defence Minister. #abc730
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"One unconfirmed report that came to our defence force personnel was that in one place, [the ash] is up to about three feet deep.” - @PeeniHenare, NZ Defence Minister. #abc730
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“The number one priority that's come back to us from the Tongan government is the need for fresh water.” - @PeeniHenare, NZ Defence Minister. #abc730
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"The Code Brown is acknowledgement by the Vic government that they're struggling to provide usual services. It's actually welcomed by emergency doctors because hopefully that will allow them to mobilise the resources they need." – Dr Clare Skinner, @ACEMPresident. #abc730
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"Emergency departments are under extraordinary levels of pressure across the entire system." – Dr Clare Skinner, @ACEMPresident. #abc730
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"We've got a perfect storm of people presenting with COVID-19, but also high levels of staff shortages. That's due to people having COVID-19, but also being at home as close contacts or caring for family members." – Dr Clare Skinner, @ACEMPresident. #abc730
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"We can’t buy 20 million of these things, stick them in a store room and hope the government buys them. That’s not commercially viable ... Should the government have put in purchase orders earlier? Yes without a doubt." - Greg Hough, Hough Pharma. #abc730
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“Some of the states did agree to start looking at these tests, some of the states on the other hand had banned them ... this then made it difficult for the manufacturers and suppliers to have any faith in the market.” - Dean Whiting, Pathology Technology Australia. #abc730
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"The signals that we’d been getting up until the middle of December was that we’re not really that interested in these tests. By then the orders were already in for other countries." - Dean Whiting, Pathology Technology Australia. #abc730
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If you have a story about rapid antigen tests that you're willing to share, drop us a line at 7.30@abc.net.au. #abc730
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