Deadliest day still to come for Victoria, expert warns

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While Victoria's daily Covid cases are beginning to stabilise, the state's deadliest day of the outbreak might be yet to come.

"The peak in death often comes after the case number start to drop," Professor Catherine Bennett, chair of epidemiology at Deakin University, told the ABC.

"It's a sad reality that we have still got to expect, because we have sustained these quite high numbers over a number of weeks."

Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett warned Victoria's deadliest day of the current Covid outbreak is yet to come. Source: AAP
Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett warned Victoria's deadliest day of the current Covid outbreak is yet to come. Source: AAP

Victoria recorded 1923 new locally-acquired Covid-19 cases on Thursday and 25 Covid-related deaths, the highest number of deaths the state has recorded in a single day during the current outbreak.

The 25 deaths are also the highest number of daily Covid-related deaths any Australian jurisdiction has recorded this year.

Professor Bennett said it will take a while for the Covid hospitalisation rates in the state to decline, as much like the death rate, there is often a lag.

"We always see, sadly, a lag in and after the case peak," she said speaking of hospitalisations and patients in the ICU.

She added hospitalisations "generally, take a bit longer to start to reduce".

Right now in Victoria, 746 people are in hospital with 137 in intensive care, including 85 on a ventilator.

Professor Catherine Bennett, Deakin University
Professor Catherine Bennett has warned the death rate is yet to peak in Victoria. Source: ABC

Though Melbourne has come out of lockdown, Prof Bennett is confident the state is in a good position to "stabilise" the outbreak, with hospitalisations "progressively decreasing" as more Victorians get vaccinated.

In Victoria, 92.1 per cent of people aged over 16 have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 77.5 per cent of people are fully vaccinated. 

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