Victoria's COVID-19 outbreak 'a national problem': Top health experts

The Commonwealth will supply 800 additional health staff to help conduct a testing blitz in the state's hotspots, which are now in lockdown.

Victoria's COVID-19 outbreak 'a national problem': Top health experts

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd has said Victoria's outbreak is a "national problem", and the Commonwealth will supply 800 additional people to help conduct a testing blitz in the state's hotspots.

The additional force will be comprised of 200 clinical staff to carry out testing, 100 people for door knocking and community engagement and 500 people who will assist with contact tracing.

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"Getting on top of this outbreak is in the national interest, and I am heartened by the response we have seen," Professor Kidd said.

"We know this is a very worrying and challenging time for the people of the state, and especially those who are living and working in the affected postcodes in Melbourne."

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd is updating the official COVID-19 statistics for Australia now.

In the last 24 hours, 71 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified. Of those, 15 cases are in hospital with just one person in intensive care.

Australia's total cases are now at 7,834, 7037 of which have recovered fully.

Professor Kidd said on a national level, experts were "very concerned" about the outbreak in Victoria.

Australia records 71 new cases nationally

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd is updating the official COVID-19 statistics for Australia now.

In the last 24 hours, 71 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified. Of those, 15 cases are in hospital with just one person in intensive care.

Australia's total cases are now at 7,834, 7037 of which have recovered fully.

Professor Kidd said on a national level, experts were "very concerned" about the outbreak in Victoria.

Experts concerned about asymptomatic cases

Australia's top health authorities are increasingly concerned about positive COVID-19 cases that do not display any symptoms at all, saying it will be much harder to track outbreaks.

Coronavirus: Victoria to lockdown COVID-19 hotspots

"We are very concerned about asymptomatic cases and obviously this is one of the reasons behind the decision which is being made," Deputy chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said.

"Many people of course, are not asymptomatic but have very mild symptoms, which may indicate COVID-19, and this is why it is absolutely essential that anyone who has even the mildest symptoms of fever, cold, flu like symptoms arrange to get tested and especially for those in the areas of community transmission in Melbourne, stay-at-home waiting for the results."

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Source : 9 News