Victoria’s COVID-19 hospitalisations pass 1000 as number of new cases drops

Victoria has recorded 25,527 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, a significant drop from the 34,836 new cases recorded yesterday.

A further 23 deaths of people with the virus has been recorded today.

The number of Victorians in hospital with the virus has passed 1000 overnight, with 1054 cases now hospitalised, up from 976 yesterday.

Of those 115 are in intensive care, with 30 requiring ventilation.

There are a total of 227,105 known active cases of the virus in the state.

To deal with the rising number of COVID-19 hospitalisation in Victoria, Acting Health Minister James Merlino yesterday announced two Melbourne quarantine hotels will be converted to medihotels.

Mr Merlino said COVID-19 patients who needed less complex care would be taken from hospital to the medihotels.

“All patients will be medically assessed by the hospital before transfer,” he said.

The first patients will be transferred to the medihotels from Monday.

Victoria COVID testing Altona
Victoria COVID testing Altona (9News)

The medihotels will have capacity to provide care for over 300 patients at a time in partnership with Northern Health and Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The Pullman Melbourne on Swanston Street and the Mantra Epping will be used as the medihotels.

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