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Hospitals fear they’ll run out of medical equipment next week

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The world’s largest medical technology manufacturer is doubling production, but fear continues to grow that soon, New South Wales will be in short supply.

The world's largest medical technology manufacturer, Medtronic, is doubling production, but fear continues to grow that soon, New South Wales will be in short supply.

With many hospitals short on protective gowns, gloves and masks, some fear they'll run out by next week.

"Both the production and the rollout of ventilators – at the moment, we simply don't have enough to cover what we think will be a tsunami of people coming in," Shadow Health Minister Ryan Park said.

The past 24 hours have seen the biggest jump in new cases across the state so far, with 136 patients diagnosed, bringing the total for NSW to 669.

Ten of the new cases are in intensive care.

Sydney's north-west is proving a hotbed for COVID-19, after another nursing home in the area was confirmed to be infected.

And another nine cases were confirmed among passengers from the Ruby Princess cruise ship. Quest is one hotel chain offering to accommodate infected patients in its spare beds.

It has even set up a pantry service to deliver groceries to those in quarantine. "We have an industry that is struggling, we have the rooms, we have the capability, and we have the cleanliness to support what is needed at the moment to put the pressure off the major services," Quest's Stacy Andronikos said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-hospitals-fear-run-out-of-medical-equipment-next-week-nsw/c112e8f6-5779-4118-8e20-30dadf3c0395

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