Victoria is set to record fewer than 400 new coronavirus cases as doctors hope the worst is over
Victoria is set to record fewer than 400 new coronavirus cases today.
On Monday the state suffered six deaths and a record 532 new cases.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said that figure could mark the peak of the crisis.
Victoria is set to record fewer than 400 new coronavirus cases today. Pictured: Melbourne
‘Modelling, with our effective reproduction number that I have seen most recently, suggests that today should be the peak,’ he told reporters.
‘I’m not going to sit back and say today is the peak. We have to see what happens in coming days.’
Premier Daniel Andrews said people who are going to work sick – including those who work at aged care facilities – are the ‘biggest driver’ of the state’s second wave.
He warned the state’s six-week lockdown, which started on July 8, would not end until people stop going to work with symptoms.
Mr Andrews even flagged the possibility some industries could be shut down.
‘If we were to continue to see outbreaks, if we were to continue to see people quite obviously attending work when they shouldn’t be, then every option becomes on the table,’ he said.
The latest deaths include a woman in her 90s, a man and a woman in their 80s, a man and a woman in their 70s and a man in his 50s.
Five of the deaths linked to aged care outbreaks.
Victoria has reported 58 deaths in the past six weeks, taking the state’s toll to 77 and the national figure to 161.