Victorian man in his THIRTIES fights for life in hospital after being struck down with COVID-19 – one of the youngest ICU cases in Australia
- Victorian man aged in his 30s fighting for life in intensive care with coronavirus
- Youngest of the 26 patients with the deadly virus in intensive care across state
- Also being treated in ICU is the mother of Richmond Tigers AFL star Bachar Houli
- State’s health boss expects several hundred hospitalisations in coming weeks
A Victorian man fighting for life in hospital is believed to be one of the youngest patients in Australia battling coronavirus in intensive care.
The news comes on another horror day for the virus-stricken state with 270 new cases recorded and two deaths.
Of the 1803 active cases across Victoria, 85 are in hospital, including 26 in intensive care, which rose by nine in 24 hours.
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Service released more details of the intensive care cases, whose ages range from their 30s through to their 80s.
It’s been a grim day in Victoria with 270 new coronavirus cases. Pictured is a healthcare worker prepared to test residents inside a Melbourne public housing tower last week
Two men and two women in their 40s are also in intensive care, along with one woman and four men in their 50s.
There are also four men and four women in their 60s, three men and three women in their 70s.
The two eldest patients, a man and a woman are aged in the 80s.
Fifteen ICU patients are men while 11 are women.
All but five of the intensive care patients are on ventilators.
Of the 1803 active cases across Victoria, 26 are in intensive care, including a man aged in his 30s. Pictured is a mobile testing site in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner on Monday
The majority of Victoria’s ICU cases come from Melbourne’s north-west corridor, according to the state’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.
It comes a day after Richmond Tigers AFL star Bachar Houli revealed his mother Yamama was gravely ill in intensive care with the deadly virus as the national death toll climbed to 110, including 26 in Victoria.
‘My mother’s been affected a lot. She’s currently in ICU undergoing some heavy treatment. The team in the ICU is taking care of her. Her current state is a mixed one. God knows best her situation,’ Houli explained in an emotional video on Monday.
‘What burns and what hurts truly is the fact that no one from her family members can go and visit her, which is very, very tough.’
Bachar Houli (right) says it has been a tough time for his family with his mother Yamama (left) gravely ill with coronavirus
Professor Sutton estimates another several hundred coronavirus cases could be hospitalised in the next fortnight.
‘That’s a really significant number of people with coronavirus and it does mean that in the next fortnight, we’re going to see a number of people who will require hospital,’ he told reporters on Tuesday.
‘There’s often 10 to 20 per cent of all coronavirus infections who require hospitalisation, so that’s a couple of hundred individuals at least.
‘They will require hospitalisation in the next couple of weeks.’
Several hundred cases of coronavirus in Victoria are expected to be hospitalised in the next two weeks. Pictured are Australian Defence Force and Victorian Police at a vehicle checkpoint along the Princes Freeway on Monday