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A Sydney nurse at Westmead Hospital has revealed the 'chaos and dangerous' conditions she's been forced to worth through amid the Omicron variant of coronavirus.
The latest strain, which has been found to be much more transmissible compared to other mutations, has dramatically swept across Australia.
Tens of thousands of new cases are being recorded every day in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Hospitals are being pushed to the brink with new coronavirus patients, in addition to the other people they have to treat for non-Covid-19 related issues.
While healthcare workers are holding on for dear life, Amy Halvorsen said she's had enough.
The registered nurse, who has been working for the past four years, revealed how the Omicron wave of coronavirus infections has seen loads of hospital staff off because they're either sick or they've been identified as a close contact.
She's told the ABC: "I am nervous about coming forward, however, I believe this is becoming a health crisis and the public needs to know how dire the situation is inside the hospitals right now.
"People don't want to go in because it's so daunting. No-one wants to come near the place."
Amy described the situation as 'scary', 'chaotic' and 'dangerous', and she said there just isn't enough staff to ensure all the patients are being looked after.
She added that many many of her colleagues are terrified every day they have to go in for work because they don't know what horrors will be waiting.
Amy said that she just can't do it anymore and, even though she knows that will increase the pressure in her hospital with her absence, she needs to look after her mental health.
"I look at the money in the bank at the end of the week and I look at how much work I am putting in physically, mentally, emotionally. It doesn't balance. The only way I can protest is to leave," she explained to the ABC.
"I am just so sick of the Covid narrative and constantly feeling the pressure of the government failures. I want to go out and enjoy my life a little better."
NSW Health revealed there were an additional 38,600 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
In a bid to combat the rise in coronavirus cases, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has reintroduced some rules.
Singing and dancing will be banned again in hospitality venues and nightclubs will be forced to close for the foreseeable future.
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