Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Health worker infections hit 911

There are 911 healthcare workers in Victoria who are currently infected with coronavirus and pressure is growing on Premier Daniel Andrews to reveal the locations of those workers.

The Premier this morning updated the state’s coronavirus figures, revealing the staggering number of cases in the state’s health sector.

“To date, there are 1,527 confirmed cases in healthcare workers,” he said.

“That’s 139 more than yesterday. And there are, currently, 911 healthcare workers who are active cases.”

The state recorded 451 new COVID-19 cases overnight and 11 further deaths.

“Eleven people have died in the past day – a woman in her 50s, two men in their 70s, six people in their 80s and two women in their 90s,” the Premier announced.

He confirmed that seven of the new deaths recorded were connected to Victoria’s aged care sector.

“Some 607 Victorians that are in hospital, with 41 of those receiving intensive care.”

“There’s 2,454 cases with unknown source. That’s in aggregate – 66 since yesterday’s report. So 66 additional mystery cases,” he revealed.

He said while he was pleased about the case number being lower than recent days, it was still “far too many” cases, especially those cases with an unknown source.

“As I’ve said many times, we’re moving to a positive. So tallying up all the figures is a slightly laborious task but authorities are telling us at least 125,000 tests were conducted yesterday,” he said.

“There are 7,637 active cases across the state and 1,548 active cases in connection with aged care.”

Victorian police have issued 196 fines in the past 24 hours for breaches of COVID restrictions – 51 for failing to wear a mask in public, and 43 for curfew breaches.

Meanwhile the ACT has again recorded no new cases in the past 24 hours, despite being named as a COVID hotspot by Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, who banned Canberrans and visitors from NSW from the state this week.

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