Sumary of Victoria Covid update: 450 new cases as infections among pregnant women climb:
- Victorian health authorities have issued an urgent warning to pregnant women in the state to get vaccinated, after Monash hospital had an influx of pregnant women admitted with Covid-19 in the past week.
- Once there, there was a one-in-three chance they would need oxygen therapy, a one-in-seven chance they would be in intensive care, a one-in-two chance they would need emergency delivery of the baby, a one-in-two chance of caesarean section, and a one- in-four chance the baby would need to be born prematurely.
- These are very high risk of needing extreme premature births due to the degree of their infection.
- The Victorian health minister, Martin Foley, said 85% of the 2,793 active cases in Victoria were people aged under 50, and overwhelmingly cases were being seen in the unvaccinated.
- Health officials were confident the majority of those cases had spent time in metro Melbourne, where the cases were likely acquired.
- Three hotel quarantine workers also tested positive, but also likely acquired the infection in the community rather than through a hotel quarantine breach, health department deputy secretary Kate Matson said.