Coronavirus crisis: Victoria records 270 new COVID-19 cases
Victoria has recorded 270 new coronavirus cases, as hundreds of paramedics and private sector staff are recruited to help contain the outbreak.
Premier Daniel Andrews on Tuesday confirmed 28 of the cases were linked to known outbreaks, while 242 remain under investigation.
The state now has a total of 4224 cases, of which 1803 remain active.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the jump in numbers from Monday’s 177 cases proved there was some way to go before the outbreak reaches its peak.
“It’s not as high as our biggest single day, but we haven’t turned the corner yet,” Professor Sutton said.
“I hope to see that this week, but there are no guarantees.”
He said further restrictions may be considered to curb the spread of community transmission.
“We would do the minimum required, because we know how much of an imposition it is on businesses and people’s lives, but if it’s required to reduce transmission, then it has to be in play,” Professor Sutton said.
He was also concerned “a couple of hundred individuals” will end up in hospital with the virus.
There are currently 81 people in hospital with coronavirus in Victoria, with 26 in intensive care, an increase of nine from Monday. Twenty-one people are on ventilators.
Professor Sutton said some residents have been transferred out of Menarock Aged Care in Essendon to hospital.
Some 28 staff and residents have contracted the virus at the residence, making it the largest aged-care cluster of coronavirus in Victoria.
“It is not always appropriate that aged care residents be transferred to hospital,” Professor Sutton said.
“I don’t think it’s always the case that patients in aged care, residents who test positive, need to be transferred.”
Mr Andrews said paramedics and a number of staff from Jetstar, Medibank, Telstra and Qantas will joining the public health team to help with the massive task of contact tracing.
“It makes sense for us to call upon them as our task gets bigger and bigger,” he said, adding a number of staff from banks also would receive training if required.
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