Doherty modelling has also confirmed for us, not only is a third dose important, but surveillance testing plays a part. Not in eliminating cases, not getting down to zero, but putting downward pressure on the number of positive cases, both at schools and in school communities and in the broader Victorian community. And what I think everyone watching and listening knows, every Victorian, the less cases we have, the less people finish up in hospital.
[With Omicron] we are not seeing quite as many people in intensive care, and if you just look at those numbers, people might scratch their head and think, well, why is this such a challenge? When you’ve got more than a thousand people that are in general ward beds, and they are still very unwell, they are just not critically unwell, but does put enormous pressure on the health system.
Every hospitalisation, whether it is in intensive care on the general ward bed, if we can all play our power to avoid any more hospital admissions, to avoid all the, all that pressure, that can be avoided...
Source : https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/jan/23/australia-live-news-updates-nsw-victoria-covid-schools-plan-rats-masks-omicron-deaths-cases?page=with:block-61ec9dc38f082f7fb30ce924189