Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews held his everyday coronavirus briefing on Saturday to supply updates on the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Here are the main points he made:
Victoria has actually recorded 466 brand-new cases and 12 deaths
Mr Andrews announced that 466 new cases had been recorded in the state considering that Friday’s coronavirus update.
He stated 12 people had passed away due to the virus in the past day, bringing the Victorian death toll from the pandemic to 193
Victoria has actually now cumulatively confirmed 14,283 cases
The overall variety of active cases is 7,808
One of the deaths is a guy in his 30 s
Of the deaths in the previous day, Mr Andrews stated one of the victims was a man aged in his 30 s
He didn’t provide any more information, aside from to state that the dead male was not a healthcare employee
Another man in his 30 s died previously in the week.
The other deaths announced consisted of two males in their 70 s, 2 males and 3 ladies in their 80 s, and four females aged in their 90 s.
Mr Andrews stated six of those deaths might be connected, and were related to aged care
There are 636 Victorians in hospital with the infection, 44 of them getting extensive care. Twenty-nine of those 44 patients are on ventilators.
Victoria has 998 health care employees who are active cases, a boost of 140 because Friday.
The portion of people ‘doing the incorrect thing’ is decreasing
Mr Andrews thanked Victorians and Melburnians for taking the pandemic seriously and following the guidelines, saying more people were at house when contact tracers came knocking.
” The percentage of individuals doing the incorrect thing is boiling down, which means a growing number of Victorians are doing the right thing, which is seriously important to making sure this method works,” he stated.
He said Victorian Police would continue to enforce the quarantine rules with “outright decision”.
” Victorian Police are out there and you will get a hefty fine. There is just no other method for us to bring these numbers down,” he said.
Rate of new cases stabilising
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton stated an average of about 400 to 500 brand-new coronavirus cases had actually been validated in the state each day over the past week.
He said the rate of brand-new cases was “unsatisfactory”, but added that the state had handled to prevent an “rapid increase” in new cases.
” If we hadn’t stabilised these numbers, we would have seen countless cases per day, and there are price quotes that we’ve averted 20,000 or more cases by virtue of the stage 3 limitations– however that hasn’t been enough,” he stated.
” We can’t have 500 cases every single day, and the associated morbidity, hospitalisation, extensive care requirements and debts that are connected with that number, every day.”
Effect of new constraints yet to be seen
Teacher Sutton and Mr Andrews both concurred that the state’s phase 4 constraints had actually not yet been shown in the brand-new figures.
Mr Andrews said while the state was beginning to see relatively fewer new cases, the effect of stage 4 would not be reflected in brand-new case numbers “for a little while”.
” Phase 4 constraints will make a difference, but we will not see them for another week or more,” Professor Sutton included.
State’s supply of PPE ‘sufficient’
Dr Sutton was asked by a press reporter about claims that health care employees in the state are reporting lacks of personal protective equipment ( PPE).
Mr Andrews insisted there were “sufficient products” of PPE in the state, stating Victoria had 68 million gloves, 19 million surgical masks and 2 million face shields.
He gave credit to individuals in the state’s healthcare system who worked “extremely hard” to buy the PPE for the state in spite of high global need.
He stated additional orders of PPE were authorized on Friday night.