As Melbourne Recovers, Regional Victoria Is Struggling



So it's really great to see that the numbers in Melvina starting to level off a little bit which is Greg. Norman but what we're now seeing in Victoria is that country areas seem to be. The case of seem to be increasing the are on average. That's right. So they're the interesting figures from yesterday are looks even Steven. So my precipitous decline is not happening and unfortunately for Torian. So let's hope it happens soon but sitting underneath or some some figures where regional Victoria is pretty stubbornly persistent there the numbers are up and down, and if you take the average, the trend is. Still although maybe it's just turning the corner with Stage three Geelong. Bendigo is a problem and so there is fire circulating in regional. Victoria and that's holding up. That's underpinning some of the numbers that you're seeing out to Victoria and it's a real policy issue here because they're going to stage three, they don't necessarily believe they have to because a lot of country areas don't have any covered. Had No experience of it. But you could envisage a scenario which would be terrible scenario, which is that the solve the problem in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, but regional Victoria takes off big time and it doesn't take much to take off. So the question is, do they go to stage four in some parts of regional, Victoria Ledge and Bendigo? Right it wouldn't have to be the whole rest of the state but in those other other places that seem to be emerging hotspots, perhaps they do need stronger restrictions there your and ring-fencing them and so so that you're trying to do what the actually didn't do properly in the thirty six suburbs in. Melbourne. All those weeks ago. Is. Do that in those in those regional centres and then quite a few healthcare workers perhaps about one hundred in the figures that came out your as well. So healthcare workers are really turning out to be a major issue and a major problem I. Mean we did talk about this a little bit yesterday but just to recap what what are the main ways that we can stop transmission among healthcare workers? Well, it's multi faceted. It's people coming from areas where there is cover nineteen and bringing it in with them, but it's almost certainly mostly caught in the healthcare environment. In fact, that's what Brett sunset a few days ago. And it means that they've got to really get tough about case definition recognizing where there's risk is probably risk all over the place and that P probably needs to be much more widely warn and they've just got to be risk averse one of the people who one of our listeners has written in saying that we should be talking about the fact that is airborne when it comes to protecting healthcare workers did I need to have more negative pressure rooms in hospitals and those sorts of things very difficult to engineer negative. Pressure rooms the so it's fine to say that, but you've got to it's a big deal to have a negative pressure room. So for people who don't know what we're talking about, this is where you suck air in from outside your essentially removing the air from the environment and fresh air is coming in but the problem sometimes with negative pressure is that the arrogance recirculated internally as well so that you're not Nisus you might be actually spreading infection of try to look at this some the happy indications where some single rooms. which are not negative pressure. And we our people are awake not on a ventilator. So if you're on a ventilator. In an intensive care unit, there are viral filters on the ventilator. But if you're in oxygen with covid nineteen in a single room, it's possible that that virus is being circulated through the rest of the intensive care unit and I've heard stories and yet to actually have them confirm. That this is a common problem internationally with intensive care units and in Canada, they've punched holes in windows and Putin, extractor fans into the windows to solve this problem and I know that some intensive care directors are concerned about this but I've tried to pin down and I think there is some variation around the place. So you see you've got to be really careful with ventilation and lots of fresh air coming in in internal environments in hospitals, and it's not entirely clear how people catching it, but we almost certainly don't have full blown. E where we need

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