Victoria’s Cases Steady As Ambulance Crisis Averted

Ability to meet demand exhausted

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Victoria's Covid numbers stabilise with 1126 new infections on Monday and sadly, five lives lost.

The state currently has 16,178 active coronavirus cases, as hospitalisation numbers continue to fall with 556 people in hospital, with 91 of those in ICU and 54 on ventilators.

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The new cases were detected from 44,479 swabs collected on Sunday.

Currently, over 84 per cent of eligible Victorians aged over 12 are now fully vaccinated, while 91.8 per cent have received their first dose.

It comes as Ambulance Victoria have averted a 'code red' crisis, after the hospital service, exhausted its ability to meet demand over the weekend. 

Its understood proactive steps were taken to keep the health system from collapsing on Saturday night.

While the Victorian Ambulance Union has told the Herald Sun at one stage 70 people were unable to receive treatment from paramedics. 

“While we expected demand to have a major impact on service delivery (on Saturday night), the proactive steps we took prevented the need for maximum escalation,” an Ambulance Victoria spokesman said.

“The global Covid pandemic continues to have an unprecedented impact on health systems across Australia.

“Our paramedics and patient transport workers are working extremely hard to manage the increasing demand while prioritising care to the sickest Victorians.”

Dr Omar Korshid from the Australian Medical Association said it's extremely worrying.

"Doctors are really concerned about the pressure on the Victorian health system from this Covid outbreak and of course, with Victoria opening up while there were still many thousands of cases out there in the community, there was always the possibility that this would happen".

- Dr Korshid

The Code Red has only happened three times in the state's history.


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7 November 2021

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