5 Sep, 2021 01:17 AM4 minutes to read
A staff member outside a hotel MIQ facility in Melbourne on September 3. Photo / Getty Images
Victoria has recorded 183 new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19.
It comes after a concerning report emerged detailing how bad the outbreak could get – with hundreds of daily cases forecast unless Covid regulations are followed.
There are now 1417 active cases of Covid in Victoria. These figures follow 190 recorded on Saturday.
Of these cases, 101 are linked to known outbreaks.
Victoria’s growing Covid outbreak could dwarf the state’s second wave if more people do not get vaccinated and follow restrictions, according to the latest modelling.
— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) September 4, 2021
Epidemiologist Professor Adrian Esterman told Nine Newspapers his modelling showed daily cases could climb to 450 in a week.
“The trouble at the moment is that the epidemic curve for Victoria is now much deeper than NSW was at this point in the outbreak,” he said.
“Cases are going to go very fast, unless something else happens, unfortunately.”
However, he added the modelling was wide for Victoria, ranging from 600 to 3000 cases in the September 23 scenario, and assuming there were no major changes to restrictions or vaccination rates.
New South WalesNSW has recorded 1485 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 and three Covid-related deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
A woman in her 50s from western Sydney died at Blacktown Hospital; a woman in her 70s from south-western Sydney died at Campbelltown Hospital; and a man in his 70s from south-western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital.
There are currently 1030 Covid patients in NSW hospitals – 175 in intensive care, 72 of whom require ventilation.
NSW recorded 1,485 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. pic.twitter.com/VhSj26LGWh
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) September 5, 2021
Earlier today, it was reported that a baby and a child aged under 10 have been placed on ventilators in a Sydney intensive care unit as the number of Covid-infected children in NSW climbs to 2000.
The infant is believed to be one of the youngest children with Covid ever treated in an ICU in Australia.
Another child aged under 12 is being treated with a hi-flow CPAP machine, which is a mask that increases pressure in the airways and can help patients to inhale and exhale.
Importantly, all three children have underlying health conditions.
NSW yesterday recorded 1533 new community Covid-19 cases and four Covid-related deaths.
QueenslandQueensland has recorded one new case of Covid-19 as the state desperately tries to stamp out the Delta strain in the community.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said authorities were not worried about the new case; the mother of a four-year-old girl whose previously reported infection is linked to a Covid-positive truck driver.
The woman had been in isolation.
“That is fantastic news, and it is very low risk because she was already in that home quarantine,” Palaszczuk said today.
The child is the daughter of an administrative officer who works in the same area of the truck company’s headquarters and is a family friend of the truck driver.
She was infectious in the community for two days before being tested.
Queensland’s chief health officer Jeanette Young said she was “very concerned” about community transmission due to the truck driver’s high viral load.
Queenslanders living in the Beenleigh, Logan and Upper Gold Coast areas have been asked to remain on alert for symptoms amid murmurs of another lockdown to combat the Delta variant, which Dr Young said was “unfortunately still a possibility”.