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DHHS confirm one COVID-19 case in Benalla

By Simon Ruppert

The latest data released by the Department of Health and Human Services shows Benalla Rural City having only one confirmed COVID-19 case, in contradiction to Monday's figures, which showed two.

The Ensign contacted the department for clarification and was informed that some early reporting is subject to change.

This afternoon DHHS did confirm that the number of cases in Benalla Rural City is officially one.

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The total number of Covid-19 cases in Victoria is 917 ­– an increase of 96 from yesterday.

This shows an upward trend in cases with the previous day having 56 new cases.

Four people have already died, many more are in hospital or self-isolating at home.

The total number of cases includes 501 men and 413 women.

Four cases in pre-school aged children were notified yesterday, with three cases in children aged under one year and a one-year-old.

This brings the total number of pre-school aged children in Victoria with confirmed cases to five. The oldest confirmed case in Victoria is in their late 80s.

There are 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission. More than 45 000 tests have been conducted to date.

Twenty-nine people are in hospital – including four patients in intensive care – and 291 people have recovered.

Of the total 917 cases, there have been 728 in Melbourne and 173 in regional Victoria. A number of 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.

Under restrictions agreed by National Cabinet, gatherings of more than two people have been banned since midnight on Monday, except for members of your immediate household and for work or education purposes.

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

All people arriving from any international destination must also self-isolate for 14 days as per Commonwealth Government direction. All travellers returning from overseas to Victoria will be placed in enforced quarantine for the self-isolation period of 14 days.

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 do not comply could also be taken to court and receive a fine of up to $20 000. Companies face fines of up to $100 000.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said these were unprecedented times.

The threat of coronavirus to public health is real and everyone must take social distancing seriously.

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“Everyone who’s unwell must isolate themselves and everyone who’s been told they’re in quarantine either as a returned traveller or close contact must do so,” Professor Sutton said.

“Social distancing will save lives. Everyone needs to comply with restrictions in place to keep yourself, your loved ones and the whole community safe.

“Our message is clear: if you can stay home, you must stay home.”

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 will result in some delays and DHHS ask Victorians for their patience as it works to manage the volume.

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