It’s another grim day on the coronavirus front in Victoria, with another national daily record of cases reported.
1,838 new infections were picked up over the last 24 hours, which is the highest number of any of the states during the covid pandemic.
Despite case numbers continuing to rise, experts have warned that they’re not going to decline any time soon.
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“Modelling does show that we expect case numbers to go up in the next couple of weeks before they start to plateau and turn around. So unfortunately we’re expecting more cases,” Doctor Katherine Gibney from the Doherty Institute told The Today Show this morning.
“It could even double before the end of the month, which is a worst-case scenario.
“There’s no doubt that it is a strain on the hospital system already, but it is being managed in terms of spreading cases around Victorian hospitals, everyone’s working together to make sure we can get through this as best we can.
“But it’s going to be a tough few months on the hospital system,” Doctor Gibney said.
There was also five further death reported in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s covid death toll to 895.
There are also reports that a police officer is now in a serious condition in hospital after contracting the virus at the anti-vaccine protests in Melbourne.
The Victorian Police Association has confirmed that two officers became infected during the demonstrations.