COVID-19 update April 9 - still no new cases in Benalla

By Simon Ruppert

The good work of the Benalla community, in following coronavirus advice, has seen another 24 hours pass with no new infections in the District.

Whilst this is great news for the community it is important for people to not become complacent.

Modelling from other countries implies that there will be more infections in Benalla at some stage.

However if the community continues to follow official advice we have the power to limit future cases.

Below is the daily media release from the Department of Health and Human Service, which offers the most up-to-date figures and advice.

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The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 1228 – an increase of 16 from yesterday.

There were no new deaths overnight. The number of people who have died in Victoria from coronavirus is 12.

The total number of cases includes 642 men and 585 women. Cases range in age from babies to their early nineties.

There are 110 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission. More than 62 000 tests have been conducted to date.

Currently 50 people are in hospital – including 13 patients in intensive care – and 806 people have recovered.

Of the total 1228 cases, there have been 992 in Melbourne and 225 in regional Victoria. Several cases remain under investigation.

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The Department of Health and Human Services follows up and monitors all close contacts of confirmed cases and provides them with information and support. All close contacts must self-isolate for 14 days.

There are only four reasons for Victorians to leave their home: food and supplies, medical care and care giving, exercise, and work or education.

Police have strong powers to enforce these directions and can issue on the spot fines, including up to $1652 for individuals and up to $9913 for businesses.

Under the State of Emergency people who don’t comply could also be taken to court and receive a fine of up to $20 000. Companies face fines of up to $100 000.

Police will be out in full force over the Easter long weekend issuing fines to anyone who disobeys these directions.

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Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton today urged Victorians to stay vigilant, particularly as we approach the Easter holidays.

“The rules are clear - and they don’t change over Easter: if you can stay at home, you must stay at home,” Professor Sutton said.

“This is tough for many families, but no Easter holiday is worth a life. Stay at home, protect the health system, and save lives.

“This is not a normal Easter. Travelling, visiting friends, heading to the beach or staying in regional Victoria could see all our hard-won gains evaporate.

“There is no doubt about it – physical distancing will save lives. I urge people not to look for loopholes but to follow the advice and do the right thing.”

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has a hotline for public information on COVID-19, which is 1800 675 398. Large numbers of calls can result in some delays and we ask Victorians for their patience as we work to manage the volume.

Further information is also available at this link.

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