Officially Zero People in Australia on a Ventilator Due to Coronavirus

Health Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed while giving a national update earlier today, that no person in Australia is on a ventilator due to coronavirus. 

Nationally, there are now just 28 people in hospital due to the virus, and one in ICU.

Back in March, the government order thousands of additional ventilators as the health system prepared for an influx of demand. 

“We prepared with 7,500 ventilators and that’s an immensely important national achievement,” Mr Hunt said. “We’re not out of the woods, there’s still a lot of work to do, but the fact that no Australian is on ventilation [due to coronavirus] I think is a [huge] achievement.”

The Health Minister also says Victoria has now reached the ‘Commonwealth standard’ threshold that the Australian Government believes is suitable to ease restrictions.

“The Premier can now be in a position to carefully, sensibly move in line with the national guidelines and in parallel with the NSW response for giving Victorians access to greater freedoms, better health and better mental health,” Minister Hunt said today.

Questions have now been raised over the concept of a ‘Commonwealth standard’. 

The Commonwealth’s definition, which is yet to receive endorsement from all state and territory leaders states:

“The Commonwealth trigger for consideration of a COVID-19 hotspot in a metropolitan area is the rolling 3 day average (average over 3 days) is 10 locally acquired cases per day. This equates to over 30 cases in 3 consecutive days.”

Hopefully, there will be no new COVID-19 patients needing a ventilator and Australia is taking a further step on the road to recovery.

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