Sumary of Victoria Covid update: state on track to reopen despite record 2,297 cases, Daniel Andrews says:
- Andrews said he was committed to opening up the state next week when the 70% double-dose vaccination milestone was met, and that when that happens, daily case numbers would become “less relevant”.
- “Save and except for this point – case numbers, particularly among unvaccinated people, will translate into a number of hospital patients,” he said.
- ”There were concerns over whether the high case numbers will affect the state’s reopening, but the numbers are still within the Burnet Institute-modelled peak of between 1,400 and 2,900, which Victoria was predicted to hit later this month.
- Although the spike in cases has come early, the rate of hospitalisation is still quite low, epidemiologists have said.
- ”She said the R0, or a reproductive number of the virus, was still sitting below one and that the vaccine rate was keeping people out of the hospital.
- “The Burnett predicted our peak demand on hospitals would be 1,066 people, and our most recent hospital data shows there are 706, so we’re a long way shy of that,” she said.
- “We will still see more people in hospital but nothing like the models have forecast yet.
- ”There are current 147 Victorians in ICU, and the Burnett modelling was expecting 700, with case numbers.