Almost 200 people are in hospital after being struck down with deadly coronavirus – with 17 people in intensive care
One undiagnosed coronavirus patient can single-handedly infect 400 people in a month, Australia’s health boss has warned.
Deputy chief health officer Paul Kelly issued the alarming warning as Australia’s coronavirus cases jumped to 2,250 on Wednesday.
Only 10 per cent of those – 197 people – are in hospital with 17 fighting for life in intensive care unit beds. Eight people have died.
Deputy chief health officer Paul Kelly said Australia’s coronavirus cases jumped to 2,250 on Wednesday
Australia’s new figure is means 100 more people were diagnosed since late on Tuesday night and are growing every hour.
‘That increase is worrying and we are concerned about that,’ Dr Kelly said.
‘We are looking to flatten the curve so we can have less stress on our health care system so that all of us, if we were to get sick, with COVID-19 or anything else, we would be able to go to hospital and receive the care we need.’
Dr Kelly had good news as well – most of the cases being detected with widespread testing were form overseas, meaning local transmission was limited.
He said much of the dramatic uptick of the past few days was due to the arrival of the Ruby Princess cruise ship in Sydney Harbour on Thursday.
A spectacular blunder by authorities released at least 133 infected passengers into Australia with no checks, who have almost certainly infected many people.