Australia Victoria records 384 new COVID-19 cases and six new deaths overnight

05:42  28 july  2020
05:42  28 july  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

Victorian coronavirus cases continue to soar with record 532 new infections, six deaths

  Victorian coronavirus cases continue to soar with record 532 new infections, six deaths Victoria records 532 new coronavirus cases, the highest one-day total in the state since the pandemic began, and six more people have died from the virus.Six people have died with COVID-19, including a woman aged in her 90s, a woman and a man in their 80s, a woman and a man in their 70s and a man in his 50s.

Victoria has recorded 134 new COVID - 19 cases overnight , as Melbourne residents prepare for a return to stage three lockdown.

The tragedy of Covid - 19 is that we know with the number of new infections that we have seen today, that there will be many further deaths in the days Victoria recorded 532 new coronavirus cases today, the highest daily case total in Australia since the pandemic began. It is also, based on my very

Victoria's COVID-19 death toll now stands at 83 after six more people passed away as a result of the virus overnight.

The state recorded an additional 384 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, retreating slightly from yesterday's record-breaking high of 532.

Four of the six deaths are linked to aged care facilities.

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Premier Daniel Andrews said he does not have confidence staff in the state's aged care facilities have the ability to keep residents safe from COVID-19.

"I cannot stand here and tell that I have confidence that staff and management across a number of private sector aged care facilities are able to provide the care that is appropriate to keep their residents safe," Mr Andrews said.

"If I could say that, I would."

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Most elective surgery in Victoria halted

Elective surgery will be suspended in Victoria for category three patients in order to free up staff and hospital beds as the state continues to battle a rise in coronavirus cases, including in aged care.

"So it is with some regret, but a sense of absolute urgency that I need to announce that elective surgery other than for Category 1 and the most urgent Category 2 patients will be suspended forthwith," Premier Daniel Andrews said.

'We will do our level best to honour those booked surgeries, so scheduled surgeries, but that will not run for very long.

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a group of people sitting at a desk in front of a computer: Thousands of elective surgeries have been postponed to free up hospital beds. © AAP Thousands of elective surgeries have been postponed to free up hospital beds.

"If you're outside the most urgent of Category 2 or in Category 3 - although very little Category 3 surgery is being undertaken at the moment - then we will attempt to have your surgery done, but very soon, all of that surgery will stop. So only the most urgent patients will be treated.

"That is appropriate because that will free up beds and it will free up staff."

Additionally, nurses will be moved into a number of Victorian aged care facilities suffering from COVID-19 outbreaks following the suspension of some elective surgery in the state.

The decision follows a number of allegations of serious mismanagement across aged care homes battling COVID-19 clusters.

"Some of the stories we've heard, some of what's gone on in some of these settings is simply not acceptable," he said.

"It's not about blame, it's not about demarcations and having disputes about who is in charge of what. It's just about getting on and getting this done."

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