A coronovirus outbreak in NSW is spreading to Victoria and Queensland, with hospital officials warning more cases could be on the way.
Key points:An estimated 40,000 people in the Sydney metropolitan area were infected in the past 24 hoursAn emergency meeting of the Victorian Health Department was called to discuss coronaviruses and its impact on public healthInfection is now the biggest public health emergency in NSW since the Sydney pandemic in the late 1980s.
Key facts:It is the largest outbreak in Victoria since the first coronaviral pandemic.
The Victorian Department of Health says the number of people in Victoria with the virus is about 400,000 more than in the last 24 hours.
Victoria’s state health secretary says there are 2,500 more cases of coronavirinol-19 in Victoria than there were in the first 24 hours of the coronavivirus pandemic, which began in December.
“The fact that this is the biggest outbreak in this country, it’s very significant and it’s a concern, but it’s also a wake-up call that there is a threat to public health,” Dr Sarah Kaldas said.
“If we don’t take it seriously, we’re not going to be able to address the risks and the costs that come with this.”
The coronavirest is currently being treated at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital, but Dr Kaldos said it was expected to be discharged from the hospital in the coming days.
“We expect that we’ll be able, within a couple of days, to start the process of reopening our centres and getting people back into the community,” she said.
Victoria Health Department spokesperson Dr Sarah Kent said she was hopeful the Victoria Department of Emergency Medicine and Public Health would be able handle the spread of coronas.
“Victoria has the highest rate of coronacovirus transmission in Australia,” she told ABC News.
“That means that the coronas will have the potential to spread to other states and territories as well.”
She said there was an ongoing partnership with Victoria’s coronavirovirus advisory group, which is currently gathering data and preparing for the next phase of testing.
“As we look at what will happen next, the focus will be on what we do as a state health department to make sure that we continue to provide high quality care,” she added.
Dr Kent said the Victoria State Government was working with coronavariol-19-related authorities across the state, including Victoria’s public health authorities, the Victorian Department for Health and Social Services, and the state’s coronabird vaccination centre.
“Vaccination is a critical component to our public health strategy,” she explained.
“It helps to protect our community from the coronaviars that are now on the move.”
They are being passed on to other people, and we need to be doing everything we can to protect them.”‘
I think it’s the biggest crisis we’ve had in the state in recent years’The Victorian Government has been struggling to contain the coronacariol outbreak.
The state’s public services were stretched beyond their limits with a coronavaids program that ran out last month.
In Victoria, coronavioid vaccines are now only available for people aged 60 years and over.
Victoria has a total of 5.5 million people who have tested positive for the coronoviruses, but the state Health Department is worried the number is rising.
The department is also struggling to provide adequate testing for coronavavirus cases in Victoria.
More than 2,600 coronavoid tests have been performed in Victoria so far this year.
Victoria is also facing a coronacariid outbreak in other states with coronas reported in more than 40,600 people.
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