Coronavirus Australia: Victoria reports 303 new Covid-19 cases and four more deaths

Coronavirus Australia: Victoria reports 303 new Covid-19 cases and four more deaths

  • Chief medical officer Brett Sutton says low number of deaths likely ‘a blip’ as Daniel Andrews announces 264 mystery cases

Victoria has recorded another 303 cases of coronavirus and four deaths, including two connected to outbreaks in aged care facilities.

The state’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said while there was “no room for complacency” the state was beginning to see some stabilisation in the number of active Covid-19 infections and the number of new daily cases was trending down.

Two men and a woman in their 80s and a woman in her 90s died in the 24 hours up to Saturday morning.

The number of deaths was lower than most days over the past couple of weeks, but Sutton said this was likely “a blip” and he expected the figure would increase again.

“We note that with 2,000 infected residents and staff in aged care, a very vulnerable population, that we will see more deaths with those infections,” he said.

However, Sutton said the infection reproduction rate – that is, the average number of people infected by a single Covid-19 positive patient – was now “almost certainly below one”.

The state also recorded a large increase of 264 in the number of cases where a source could not be identified, taking the total to 3,383.