Australia’s coronavirus toll rises after two deaths

The country’s COVID-19 death toll has sadly risen this afternoon following another two deaths in Victoria.

A man and woman, both aged in their 80s, passed away in hospital on Tuesday, taking the state’s toll to 26 and the national tally to 110.

It comes after Victoria recorded another triple-digit increase in COVID-19 cases today, with a massive 270 new infections.


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The number of people in hospital has also risen to 85, with 26 of those in hospital and 11 on ventilators.

There are now 1803 active cases across the whole state, with Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton fearing more people could end up in hospital.

“There’s often 10 per cent to 20 per cent of all coronavirus infections who require hospitalisation, so that’s a couple of hundred individuals at least who will require hospitalisation in the next couple of weeks,” Professor Sutton warned.

It’s the ninth consecutive day Victoria has recorded a triple-digit growth in virus cases.

Queensland recorded no new cases overnight with the state’s total remaining at 1071, while NSW had 13 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

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