Liverpool And Westmead Hospitals In Covid-19 Scare Amid Lockdown Scrutiny

On high alert

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The largest hospital in Sydney's south west is on high alert after a patient tested positive to Covid-19.

A pregnant woman spent the day at Liverpool Hospital on Tuesday before being diagnosed on Wednesday.

All non-urgent surgery has been postponed placing dozens of staff in isolation.

Two Sydney hospitals on covid alert after positive cases

Meanwhile, in a separate incident a fully vaccinated nurse at Westmead Hospital who works in the Covid ward has also tested positive despite wearing full PPE 

Two close contacts of the nurse have since contracted the virus; a man who works at the Royal North Shore Hospital and a woman in her 20's who also worked while infectious at the Royal North Shore, Fairfield and Ryde Rehabilitation hospitals.


With 70 of the 97 cases announced on Wednesday in south western Sydney, leading Epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely has told Listnr's Australia Today "even if the virus gets under control in that area it won't be contained across Sydney with the current lockdown"

“The type of restrictions they've got there's all likelihood will just grumble on and on. So, even if Fairfield gets controlled it'll pop up somewhere else and another suburb will become a hot spot. I really struggle to understand why New South Wales isn't just rolling up their sleeves, going into a hard lockdown for 2-3 weeks and getting on top of it"

- Prof. Tony Blakely

Fairfield and Royal North Shore Hospitals were in the spotlight last month after an unvaccinated student nurse tested positive.


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14 July 2021

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