PM gives coronavirus update after national cases spike

Victoria has announced 428 new cases of COVID-19 today, marking a record peak for the state.

Premier Daniel Andrews is now speaking about the spike. He has also confirmed three new deaths, bringing the state's death toll to 32.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian earlier announced new restrictions for NSW as the state works to stop community transmission.

Australia has recorded a total 11,043 cases of COVID-19, with 5165 in Victoria, 3346 in New South Wales, 1071 in Queensland, 444 in South Australia, 646 in Western Australia, 228 in Tasmania, 113 in the Australian Capital Territory and 30 in the Northern Territory.

 

'People will die': Warning over Vic cases

Victoria's chief health officer has branded the state's most recent tally of COVID-19 cases "disappointing and concerning".

Professor Brett Sutton had a daunting warning for residents about what the record new number of cases would bring.

"We have not turned the corner here. Worse than that, 428 cases is not just represent that we have increasing numbers day on day, there will be dozens of individuals who will require hospitalisation from these 428 people," he said.

"Tragically there will be several who require intensive care support and a number of people will die and whenever we have a day of these numbers."

Prof Sutton said while he hopes the case numbers start to stabilise, there is "no guarantee" they would.

He said the most recent number reflect behaviours from about 10 days ago and he hopes they would start to fall over the coming days as a result of the recent restrictions.

"There are a number of outbreaks that are ongoing, new cases linked to those outbreaks are partly responsible for driving up the numbers, when you've got so many outbreaks that help amplify transmission, they obviously contribute to the increase in numbers," he said.

The chief health officer said some people who get COVID-19 could still be feeling its impacts for months or even years to come.

"This is not even an illness where you get over it after a couple of weeks and you get back to a normal state of health, for many, many people, this represents a disability that they carry with their breathing or with their general health for some time to come," he said.

"We are not far enough into this pandemic to know what the long-term consequences might be, and there may well be people who really carry this disability or this chronic condition for years to come.

"I hope that is not the case, but it is obviously concerning that people who have required hospitalisation, people who have severe illness really do not recover for some weeks afterwards."

 

PM announces film industry funding

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a $400 million, 7-year program for Australia's film industry.

Mr Morrison said the package would attract more big films and productions to Australia, producing more local jobs.

"This is an investment in jobs. 8,000 jobs every year, every year, supported by this investment alone," he said.

"And that combined with the many other supports that are provided will mean that our film industry, our screen industry, will be a key part of our COVID recovery. There is a COVID recovery."

 



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