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Thursday, February 29, 2024

560 active cases linked to aged care

Victoria has recorded 10 more deaths and 459 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases in the state now at 8,181. 

Seven of the 10 deaths reported since yesterday – seven men and three women – have been linked to aged care facilities.

“Of the women who died, two were in their 80s, and one in her 70s,” said the Victorian Health Department in a statement.

“Of the seven men, three were in their 70s, two in their 80s, one in his 60s and one in his 40s.”

To date, 71 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

The total number of infected healthcare workers stands at 719, with 381 classed as active cases.

There are currently 560 active cases linked to aged care facilities.

The Department said that as investigations are undertaken throughout the day, the outbreak totals are likely to change as the public health team identify links between cases and identified outbreaks.

People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are required to wear a face covering when leaving home.

Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions are in force across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.

“These restrictions are necessary because of the sharp increase in cases,” said Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

“If you live in these areas, there are only four reasons to leave your home: shopping for food and essential items; care and caregiving; daily exercise; and work and study – if you can’t do it from home.

“These are tough measures, but this virus is not selective – it will impact anyone it encounters, and personal contact is the clear source of its transmission. We need everyone to do their part and ensure it is stopped in its tracks.”

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