A man in his 20s has become Australia ‘s youngest coronavirus victim since on Friday Victoria reported 14 deaths and 372 new cases.
News of the death of the young man has been a tragic end to a week of declining case numbers, as health officials have reported that they can not determine the cause of one in five “mystery cases” in Melbourne.
The Premier refused to disclose additional details about the man in his 20s, but said the coroner may investigate his death.
It comes after the state on Thursday reported 278 new cases – the lowest number of infections in weeks and less than half of last Wednesday’s record total of 725 notched up.
Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer of Victoria, is adamant that the state has reached the height of its second wave, but does not expect the full impact of Melbourne’s four-stage shutdown to become evident for several days.
“Stage four will only show in the numbers over the next few days,” he said.
“We’ve turned the corner … and we should see a further driving down of transmission with stage four restrictions, so it is going in the right direction and I’m confident we’ve seen the peak, but it’s got to come down quickly.”
“If we can drive numbers down from here on in … we should see a stabilisation of deaths in the next couple of weeks,” he said.