Victoria's Cases Stabilise As Elective Surgeries Ramp Up
Victoria's Covid numbers dip with 1115 new infections on Friday and sadly, nine lives lost.
The state currently has 16.098 active coronavirus cases, while hospitalisation numbers continue to fall with 426 people in hospital, with 82 of those in ICU and 50 on ventilators.
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The new cases were detected from a massive 67,925 swabs collected on Thursday, while 9,584 vaccine doses were administered at state run hubs and many more at GP clinics and pharmacies.
Currently 85.1 per cent of eligible people aged over 12 have been fully vaccinated, while 92 per cent have received their first dose.
Meantime, as the state's hospitalisation rates stabilise, more elective surgeries in Melbourne and Geelong have ramped up this week.
Aligning with private hospitals across regional Victoria, metropolitan private hospitals and day procedure centres will scale up to 50 per cent capacity, including non-urgent procedures.
Mindful that a surge in Covid cases is still to come, Health Minister Martin Foley said on Monday that the situation would be monitored and adjusted as required.
“Some elective surgery was paused as hospitalisations surged but with the rapid take-up of vaccines helping reduce numbers, we can now make these cautious changes and help ease that burden on unwell Victorians,” he said.
“We always said we would increase our elective surgery capacity when we could – but Covid is not over yet and we will closely monitor the number of cases and hospitalisations to ensure we can respond as needed.”
- Minister Foley
However, not everyone is happy with the scale, concerned that the partial resumption still leaves too many patients waiting.
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