Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria premier Dan Andrews reports 317 new Covid-19 cases in press conference as NSW records 10 cases – latest news

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2.29am BST

The chief health officer, Prof. Brett Sutton, has addressed arguments suggesting that the 29 deaths from coronavirus in Victoria are not that high, compared to a flu season. He says that’s “absurd”.

I’m still reading the counterfactuals that 29 deaths is not much compared to an average flu season.

These are the deaths you have when you have your controls in place. When you do not have your controls in place, and the restrictions that we have applied across metro Melbourne and Mitchel lShire, and across the state to some degree, you get 1,000 cases a day,10,000 or more cases a day, as has occurred in some countries, and you get up to 1,000 deaths per day, as has occurred in countries in Europe, in Brazil, and elsewhere.

2.26am BST

Victoria will suspend elective surgery while the hospital system deals with the second coronavirus outbreak, Mikakos says.

Non-urgent elective surgery was paused nationally in March, for the same reason.

We think it’s necessary now to create additional capacity by bringing public hospitals down to 50% and private hospitals down to 75%.

There’s been a lot of discussion with the AMA and health sector unions about this and there’s support for this step at this time. This will mean that private hospitals can assist us with undertaking urgent surgery, so category 1, category 2 surgeries, which [are] most serious surgery, will still be able to continue.

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