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Coronavirus crisis: Victorian man becomes 25th Australian victim

Coronavirus crisis: Victorian man becomes 25th Australian victim

An elderly man in Victoria has died after contracting coronavirus, bringing the State’s death toll from the illness to seven.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton confirmed a man in his 80s died in hospital overnight.

“He was in intensive care. We have another seven who are in intensive care. It is a serious situation,” he told Seven’s Sunrise program on Friday.

Prof Sutton said the source of the cluster of infections isn’t known, but the hospital is doing “everything possible to get on top of it” and he believes that they will.

“It does illustrate the fact that when you are looking after very vulnerable patients in hospital, settings like this, you have to be absolutely strict about everything, including visitors and the screening of visitors.”

Everyone in the community also has a role to play in keeping the illness away from vulnerable people, he stressed.

“It starts with us, the more that we can apply the social distancing measures that we are all talking about, the fewer cases we will have, the less likely the introduction into our hospital and aged care and other settings will be.”

Australia’s death toll from coronavirus now stands at 25 from 5,224 confirmed cases.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed the 1 million threshold overnight as the pandemic swept across the globe.

Johns Hopkins University’s website showed the milestone was hit Thursday afternoon. The count represents confirmed cases, but the true numbers are believed to be much higher.

03-04-20 0917