Six deaths, 384 new cases in Vic as aged care crisis deepens

Victoria has recorded 384 new coronavirus cases, a significant drop from yesterday’s record daily increase of 532.

The state also recorded a further six deaths, taking the state’s toll to 83.

Two of the deaths were people in their 90s, three were aged in their 80s and one was in their 70s.


Four of the deaths are linked to nursing homes.

“Can I just again take this opportunity to offer my condolences and send my best wishes and support to the families of those six individuals who have passed away since our briefing yesterday,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“This will be an incredibly challenging and sad time for the people who love them the most and we send our best wishes to them.”

There are now 4775 active cases across the state including 769 people in aged care facilities, while 414 are health care workers.

Premier Andrews has also announced the suspension of all non-urgent elective surgery in a bid to free up hospital beds and staff.

A number of staff will be deployed to aged care facilities to help deal with the growing outbreak in nursing homes.

“Staff is the biggest issue, it’s not so much about equipment, it’s no so much about capacity in a physical sense, it’s about having staff who are able to provide care and support to the most vulnerable residents in and coming out of private sector aged care,” Mr Andrews said.

The Premier says some of the stories emerging from nursing homes is “simply not acceptable.”

“Where there is no confidence in infection control, where there is no confidence that care can be provided to a suitable standard, then we will do everything we can to move those residents out.”

It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison cuts short a trip to Queensland to return to Canberra to deal with the growing COVID-crisis in the aged care sector.

“It would be nice to say that there are simple solutions to these complex problems, but there are not,” Mr Morrison said.

“There are no fail-safe or foolproof solutions that you can put in place.”