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COVID-19 & Elective Surgery

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some cause illness in humans, while others cause illness in animals such as bats, camels and civets (a type of nocturnal animal). COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The first reported case in Australia was in late January, 2020.

In an attempt to flatten the curve of transmission, elective surgery was suspended as of midnight on the 1st April, 2020. Only essential category 1 and 2 cases were allowed to continue.

Due to successful containment measures, combined with 3000 new ventilators and 60 million face masks being received into the national stockpile, restrictions on elective surgery have now been eased [1] .

On the 27th April, 25% of elective surgery cases were permitted to recommence. The aim is to ensure that people who need surgery or a procedure can undergo it safely, and the hospital system can continue to respond to any rise in COVID-19 cases in the future.

The National Cabinet will review the amount of procedures permitted at a later date.

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[1] https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/elective-surgery-restrictions-eased