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Is Victoria’s dire COVID-19 situation going to be Australia’s second wave of coronavirus?


The declaration by New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian that Victorians shouldn’t cross the border, and that her citizens should avoid travel south, highlights the seriousness of the resurgence. Authorities say the situation is likely to get much worse, given the benefits of renewed restrictions and a rapid testing blitz across 10 suburbs won’t be felt for weeks. Professor James McCaw from the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The University of Melbourne initially wondered whether the uptick was just a blip that could be managed. “The pendulum is starting to swing towards this being more than a statistical blip,” Prof McCaw said. “While there is no apparent uptick in hospitalisation yet, it is too early to tell why. It may be that cases are in younger people picked up by the targeted testing system who are less likely to become severely ill. “Or it may be that in a few weeks time we will see increasing hospitalisations as the infection spreads further.”

News.com.au - June 29, 2020

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