CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: National death toll hits 23

Melbourne, April 1: Of the 4,976 confirmed cases in Australia, 21 have died from COVID-19. More than 256,000 tests have been conducted across Australia, according to the Department of Health.

An 85-year-old Queenslander dying at Toowoomba Hospital overnight, according to Health Minister Steven Miles on Thursday.There are 4,976 positive cases of coronavirus in Australia, including 968 in Victoria. The state recorded 51 new cases. One of the newest cases is a staff member at Melbourne’s Peter Mac Cancer Centre. In total, 343 people have recovered.

The majority of Australian confirmed cases acquired their infection overseas, including on board cruise ships or associated with recent travel to Europe or the Americas.

The Prime Minister has activated the Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Current directions
– A stay at home direction was signed on 30 March 2020, ordering anyone in Victoria to stay at their usual place of residence, other than to work or study, buy essential goods or services, medical care or compassionate needs or exercise in accordance with public gathering guidelines. This direction replaces the Prohibited Gatherings direction.
– $1.3 billion in our healthcare sector
– The Victorian Government is investing $1.3 billion in our healthcare sector to deliver additional capacity to manage the COVID-19 response. This will include:
4,000 ICU beds in addition to our existing 500 ICU beds
– $1.2 billion will be invested in equipment and consumables
– $65 million will be invested in capital works and workforce training
– Additional personal protective equipment including 551 million gloves, 100 million masks and 14.5 million gowns will be provided to healthcare professionals
– This funding is in addition to the $537 million already invested in the healthcare system as part of the COVID 19 response.

(Media release)