IN FULL: Victorian authorities call ‘Code Brown’ as hospitals buckle under Omicron | ABC News

ABC News (Australia) published this video item, entitled “IN FULL: Victorian authorities call ‘Code Brown’ as hospitals buckle under Omicron | ABC News” – below is their description.

Victoria’s COVID-19 hospitalisations have dropped to 1,152, and the state has recorded a further 22 deaths.

It comes as more essential workers prepare to return to their jobs with the government expanding isolation exemptions for close contacts from midnight tonight.

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