Latest COVID-19 Update from EMPHN - 5 April

Latest COVID-19 Update from EMPHN - 5 April

05 April, 2020

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DHHS Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - Update


This Chief Health Officer update is intended to provide clinicians and the Victorian public with information about the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria as well as relevant public health response activities in Victoria. This update will be sent regularly. Chief Health Officer Alerts will continue to be issued when there are changes to the public health advice related to COVID-19.  

What's New?

Developments in the outbreak

  • As of 4 April 2020, Victoria has 1,115 total confirmed cases (an increase of 30 since yesterday), 42 people are in hospitals including 10 people in intensive care. Sadly, eight people have died.  73 cases in Victoria have been identified from an unknown source (an increase of 11 since yesterday).  In total, 527 people have recovered.  
  • Of the total 1,115 cases, there have been 894 in metropolitan Melbourne and 209 in regional Victoria. A number of cases remain under investigation.
  • The total number of cases in Australia is currently 5,380. That is expected to increase significantly in coming weeks unless people stay at home.

Key messages for the community

  • Stay home. Protect the health system. Save lives.
  • There are only four reasons to leave home: 
    • shopping for what you need - food and essential supplies 
    • medical, care or compassionate needs 
    • exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements 
    • work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely 
  • We’re asking Victorians to stop looking for loopholes. The advice is clear, by staying at home you’re saving lives.
  • If you are caring for someone with COVID-19, further information is available here

Read the full update.