| 14.07,20. 10:26 PM |
Victoria records 270 new coronavirus cases and two deaths amid aged care fears as Menarock cluster grows
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announces 270 new coronavirus cases in Victoria, with 242 under investigation.
Victoria's coronavirus crisis has worsened further after another 270 cases were detected in the past 24 hours, and another two people died in hospital.
The deaths of the man and the woman, aged in their 80s, take the state's death toll to 26 and the national toll to 110.
The growth in cases represents Victoria's third-highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic, despite some Melbourne "hot zones" enduring almost a fortnight of a stage-three lockdown.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said there were now more than 1,800 active cases in the state and hospitals were preparing to care for at least a "couple of hundred" patients.
"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 said.
"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."
He said the state was facing a "challenging situation" in aged care, where several sizeable outbreaks are causing concern.
"Often it's a single staff member or a few staff members, but [there are] a few significant outbreaks with a number of residents."
There are now 28 cases of coronavirus confirmed at Menarock Life aged care at Essendon, with both staff and patients affected.
"We haven't turned the corner yet," Professor Sutton said.
"I hope to see that this week, but there are no guarantees."
Aged care facility has 'a lot to answer for
All infected residents from Essendon's Menarock facility have been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for treatment.
One of them is Lina Mullins Bellobuono's 89-year-old mother, who also has dementia.
Ms Mullins Bellobuono said her mother fell sick last Wednesday, and the family had been told she would not survive.
"It's just heartbreaking we can't even visit her in hospital," Ms Mullins Bellobuono said.
"You never think this would happen to someone you love, this shouldn't have happened."