1638 new COVID-19 cases, Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne locks down cancer ward

Victoria has recorded 1638 new COVID-19 cases and another two people have died from the virus.

There were 36,672 vaccine doses administered and 77,238 test results received yesterday.

Meanwhile, a nervous wait continues for parents and child cancer patients at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, after a parent unknowingly infected with COVID-19 visited the cancer ward.

Nobody has so far tested positive to the virus, but parents have been permitted to quarantine with their children in the hospital while they await results.

The hospital said it has tried to limit the possibility of COVID-19 exposure, while also allowing sick children to have visitors.

“We are finding a balance between allowing mums and dads and carers to come in – just a single person with a child – so that their care is maximised and they feel less anxious when they have someone with them,” chief executive Bernadette McDonald said.

The hospital is caring for 12 children with COVID-19 – four of them are in the hospital, while eight are being treated in at-home care.

“I’m pleased to say we don’t have any other positive cases from this exposure site,” Ms McDonald told 3AW.

“But we are keeping a close eye on everyone and monitoring.

“We believe we have contained it.”

The Royal Childrens Hospital, Parkville. Photograph by Chris Hopkins (Photograph by Chris Hopkins)

A pandemic expert has said she hopes there will be almost no deaths from COVID-19 as NSW and Victoria reopen.

Chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Jane Halton said she is confident about NSW’s roadmap out after the state hit 70 per cent vaccinations.

“Death rates are directly related to the number of people who have been vaccinated,” she told Today.

“In other words, if you’ve been vaccinated, your chance of severe disease and death is really, really low.

“Interestingly, because Victoria actually had their outbreak a little bit further along with the rollout of vaccine in that state, we have seen a lower rate of deaths.

“I’m hoping, to be honest with you, we see almost no deaths because so many people have come forward to get their vaccine but that’s what will determine this as we get to that 70 per cent rate.”

Border changes brought in

Victoria yesterday wound back some border restrictions with New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Non-lockdown regions have been downgraded from red to orange zones which allows residents to travel if they return a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. 

Sydney has also been reclassified from an extreme to a red zone, which gives stranded Victorians the chance to return home with 14 days quarantine. 

It came on the same day Victoria recorded 1420 new COVID-19 cases.


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