Thirty of the brand new instances are linked to identified outbreaks. There are 49 Victorians in hospital and 15 of these are in intensive care.
Mr Andrews once more urged Victorians to depart their houses for simply 4 causes: for groceries, to train, working or studying and caregiving.
“I know it is very frustrating, and it is not the place that we wanted to be in, but it’s a clear strategy.
“It’ll work, however provided that each single Victorian and the entire neighborhood that may finally profit from that technique – it solely works if all of us play our half. It’s the easy stuff, the widespread sense, simply doing the suitable factor, the good factor. That is how we’ll get to the opposite aspect of this.”
Masks a part of the answer
Mr Andrews said it was “nearly sure” that wearing masks would be part of Victoria’s eventual reopening.
‘It’s quite noticeable that many more people are wearing masks now, and I’m grateful to them,” he mentioned.
He mentioned two million Australian-made, maybe even Victorian-made, masks could be ordered and distributed to “priority groups”.
“In the meantime… we have ordered some additional single-use masks to replenish any reuse in coming days and weeks. That will principally be in healthcare settings and other settings where we think there’s a really big reward.”
New testing websites
Well being Minister Jenny Mikakos has introduced new testing websites might be arrange in Mernda, Greensborough, Tarneit and on the Mornington Peninsula. There at the moment are greater than 150 testing websites throughout Victoria.
“Ultimately our ambition here is to provide a testing site to everyone within 10km of their home within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, the areas where we have a key focus at the present time,” she mentioned.
Ms Mikakos mentioned the state had now performed 1,000,095 exams, greater than 25,000 since yesterday.
“In terms of our testing rate per 100,000 people, that is now 16,606,” she mentioned.
Hospitals ‘properly ready’
Ms Mikakos mentioned Victoria’s hospitals and well being providers have been “well supported and prepared”.
“They have been working since January to respond to this pandemic. Even when the numbers came down, they never paused in their efforts. They are well resourced and well trained to respond,” she mentioned.
“We have ventilators in our warehouse. We have medical equipment in our warehouse and being distributed to our health services all the time, and personal protective equipment – 32 million masks are sitting in our warehouse as we speak.”
She additionally urged anybody who was sick with any diseases to make sure they sought applicable medical care.
“I take this opportunity to reassure the community that our hospitals remain safe for them to visit.”
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Hanna Mills Turbet is the patron affairs reporter for The Age.