Australia has recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic up to now, after 17 individuals died in Victoria within the 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday.
Ten of the 17 deaths have been linked to aged care houses, and the state additionally recorded 394 new circumstances of Covid-19, premier Daniel Andrews introduced.
On Sunday morning, Andrews introduced that the 17 deaths included two males of their 50s, 4 males of their 70s, 4 ladies and two males of their 80s and two males and three ladies of their 90s.
Victoria additionally recorded a further 174 circumstances with an unknown supply, bringing the state’s complete to 2,758. A complete of 634 persons are in hospital with Covid-19, 43 persons are receiving intensive care, and 26 persons are on ventilators.
The state’s psychological well being minister, Martin Foley, additionally revealed that there had been a 9.5% improve in emergency presentation for self-harm within the state in contrast with the identical time final yr. For younger individuals, there was a 33% improve.
Foley introduced a further $59.7m in funding for psychological well being, specializing in the surge in demand for acute providers.
On Saturday night time, the state’s well being minister, Jenny Mikakos, additionally posted an extended thread on Twitter saying she had strived to be “upfront and measured” about any potential errors in Victoria’s well being response and had given “each ounce of vitality” she needed to her function.
Mikakos additionally hit again at what she known as the “incorrect assumption” that she “can single-handedly report on the actions of numerous people and plenty of businesses concerned in our pandemic response”.
“When we’ve got to look again 100 years to the Spanish flu to discover a pandemic of comparable international magnitude, it’s outdoors all of our collective experiences,” she wrote. “It means there’s no detailed go-to handbook of how to answer these pandemics.
“… Little doubt, errors have been made alongside the best way, as a result of people are flawed but contagious viruses are unforgiving.
“Since that fateful day on 25 January, after we had our first-ever case, I’ve labored day-after-day to maintain everybody secure. I’ve put each ounce of vitality I’ve had into that effort. If it wasn’t sufficient, then I’m deeply sorry.”
The well being minister additionally mentioned that an upcoming inquiry into the state’s lodge quarantine system – which has been delayed by six weeks because of the stricter lockdown – would reveal the reality.
“I’ve at all times striven to be upfront and measured in regards to the challenges going through us,” she wrote. “Let the impartial choose do her job, let the playing cards fall the place they might. I consider there’s nothing to worry in searching for the reality. The reality will set you free.”
A thread: I’ve grown up impressed by Greece’s most enduring contribution to civilisation – democracy. A bust of the good Athenian statesman, Pericles, who constructed the Parthenon and ruled throughout its golden age of academic and cultural achievement sits proudly in my workplace.
— Jenny Mikakos MP #StayHomeSaveLives (@JennyMikakos) August 8, 2020
Premier Andrews advised reporters he was “proud” of Mikakos and the state’s well being staff when requested about her tweets.
He mentioned he hadn’t spoken to Mikakos but and had solely been briefed on the tweets, however that she was “a really sturdy particular person”.
“Nobody who’s coping with a second wave of this wildly infectious virus is happy to be there,” he mentioned. “Nobody desires to be in a state of affairs the place we’ve received to make among the heartbreaking selections we’ve got,” he says, and everyone seems to be working as arduous as they will.