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Victoria’s virus death rate spike worse than any other country

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The spike in Victoria’s coronavirus death rate is worse than any other country in the world, measurements by Oxford University have revealed.

The spike in Victoria's coronavirus death rate is worse than any other country in the world, measurements by Oxford University have revealed.

The state's death toll has been doubling about every four days, as 10 people died of the virus over 24 hours yesterday.

Overnight, another six Victorians lost their lives to COVID-19, taking Victoria's total to 77.

The global comparison tool found Victoria's virus death rate increase was worse than African countries of Namibia and Lesotho, where virus deaths doubled over six and eight days.

While Victoria's death rate jumped from five to 10 fatalities over just four days, seven of the deaths were linked to aged care facilities.

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The state's most recent deaths include three women aged in their 90s, 80s and 70s, and three men in their 80s, 70s and 50s. Five of the deaths were connected to aged care outbreaks.

There have been several deaths linked to St Basil's Home for The Aged in Fawkner.

Premier Daniel Andrews described the aged-care clusters as a "big, big problem" and warned there could be "next steps" to get the second wave under control.

Mr Andrews said this could include shutting down some at-risk industries, including abattoirs, freight and distribution centres, aged care and healthcare.

Victoria's six-week lockdown is due to end in about three weeks, but medical experts have suggested it would likely need to be extended.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison today said there was "still a long way to go" to contain Victoria's spiralling coronavirus cases.

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"We are still seeing case numbers at elevated levels and so, as we have seen from other jurisdictions, when you get community-based transmission, it does take some time to get that down," Mr Morrison said.

"We saw that in the UK, we saw it in Europe, we have seen it in other places that have again through sustained lockdowns, and it does take some time."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/victoria-coronavirus-death-rate-increase-worse-than-any-other-country/9ab811d9-6643-41be-9e2e-e41568063321

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