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Asthma alert is issued in Victoria as the state prepares to front a severe thunderstorm

Urgent asthma alert is issued in Victoria as the state prepares to face a severe thunderstorm – with hospitals already grappling with 750 Covid cases

  • First thunderstorm asthma alert has been issued in Victoria for the season
  • Authorities are already dealing with 750 hospitalised Covid patients
  • The state’s southwest, Wimmera and Mallee districts high risk on Thursday


Victorian health authorities have issued the first thunderstorm asthma alert for the season, with authorities warning hospitals are already dealing with Covid-19 patients.

The state’s southwest, Wimmera and Mallee districts will be high risk areas on Thursday.

‘The combination of forecast high grass pollen levels and severe thunderstorms with strong winds means that there is a chance that a large number of people may develop asthma symptoms over a short period of time,’ the warning says.

‘Our hospitals are experiencing significant demand due to Covid-19, so it’s important you stay well.’

Victorian health authorities have issued the first thunderstorm asthma alert for the season, with authorities warning hospitals are already dealing with Covid-19 patients

Those at risk are being advised to avoid being outdoors during storms and the winds that precede them, and remember to take preventative medication.

A thunderstorm asthma event in 2016 killed nine people and saw thousands more hospitalised.

The warning comes as health authorities urge half a million people to get vaccinated the day before statewide restrictions ease once again.

The warning comes as health authorities urge half a million people to get vaccinated the day before statewide restrictions ease once again

The warning comes as health authorities urge half a million people to get vaccinated the day before statewide restrictions ease once again

From 6pm Friday, people in metropolitan Melbourne will be allowed to travel to the regions and interstate, masks will not be required outdoors, and non-essential retail stores will be able to open.

But about 500,000 Victorians have yet to receive their first vaccine dose, with only 83 per cent of people aged in their 20s getting a first jab.

The state recorded another 1534 locally acquired virus cases on Wednesday and 13 more deaths, with about 85 per cent of Victoria’s new cases among people who are not fully vaccinated.

About 750 people are currently in hospital with coronavirus and of those, 138 are in intensive care with 87 on a ventilator.

The latest deaths take the toll from the current outbreak to 247.

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