The deputy chief medical officer has warned Australias death toll could rise further given the increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections in Victoria, and as worries mount over a potential cluster linked to a pub in Sydney.
Nick Coatsworths warning on July 12 came as a man in his 70s died in Victoria, taking the national death toll to 108. The state reported the death of a 90-year old man on Saturday.
“Deaths are a reality of COVID-19, they are the reality of a pandemic,” Coatsworth told reporters in Canberra.
“It is possible that the death toll will increase, there is no doubt about that.”
But he said Australia had learnt a lot during the pandemic and it had been able to avoid the large numbers of deaths seen overseas, particularly in elderly members of the community.
Victoria reported a further 279 COVID-19 cases, following on from 216 reported on Saturday and a record 288 infections on Friday. The state has recorded more than 1000 cases in the past week.
NSW recorded five new cases and authorities in the state are concerned about community transmission, especially a cluster from a Sydney pub.
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