Third Victorian dies from coronavirus
A third man in his 70s has died from coronavirus in Victoria.
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos confirmed the third death on Thursday afternoon.
Sadly, there have been 3 deaths in Victoria from #COVID-19. The men aged in their 70s died in hospital. Our thoughts are with their loved ones at this difficult time. 3 people are in ICU with a total of 520 cases in Victoria #springst 1/2— Jenny Mikakos MP (@JennyMikakos) March 26, 2020
"All died in a Melbourne hospital and, of course, I am urging everyone to respect the privacy of the families during this difficult time," she told reporters.
"We all have a role to play in the fight against coronavirus and this means we must all take very seriously the message that we must stay home unless it is absolutely essential to leave your home, you must stay at home at every opportunity."
Three people have died from coronavirus in Victoria, the state 's first fatalities from the virus. Here’s what we know: #9News— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) March 26, 2020
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There are now 520 confirmed Victorian coronavirus cases.
The number of new cases has decreased slightly, but chief health officer Brett Sutton said that does not mean the community can become complacent.
Professor Sutton also said he had provided "frank and vigorous advice" to Premier Daniel Andrews and the state government about going hard on shutting down parts of the community to curb the spread of the virus.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN VICTORIA
*520 total confirmed cases
*3 deaths, all men in their 70s
*9 confirmed cases through community transmission
*14 people are in hospital, including 3 patients in intensive care
*149 people have recovered
* More than 26,900 Victorians have been tested to date.
SOURCE: Department of Health and Human Services
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