Ambulance shortage overnight: AV calls “code red”
December 2, 2022 / 10:45 pm
Ambulance Victoria enforced a “code red” overnight due to a “surge in workload and demand” as the state grapples with yet another COVID-19 wave.
The response was issued for Metropolitan Melbourne on Friday night just before midnight and was eventually lifted around 3:00 am Saturday.
Ambulance Victoria warned “lights and sirens” emergency calls may be delayed due to the limited number of available ambulances and paramedics.
The elevated status impacted patients in Melbourne LGAs like Wyndham and Melton, with services in the Greater Geelong region also affected.
Demand for ambulance services in metropolitan Melbourne has now eased. We again thank the community for helping us save Triple Zero (000) for emergencies. pic.twitter.com/3Q4bmtOgRQ
— Ambulance Victoria (@AmbulanceVic) December 2, 2022
The number of new COVID infections has again accelerated with daily infections nearly five times what they were in October
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