Nearly a third of Victoria’s new coronavirus cases are healthcare workers, sparking concerns about when harsh stage 4 restrictions can be eased.
When announcing 113 new infections overnight, Victorian deputy chief health officer Allen Cheng revealed 35 of those were frontline healthcare workers.
“It is a lot. We don’t know if these figures represent a day or so, but it is a large part,” he told reporters on Thursday morning.
“Healthcare workers is a large category. Everyone who works in the health service and aged care is considered a healthcare worker. But it is important we protect all of those.
“All of the high-risk industries we worry about. Healthcare and aged care are the major ones.”
Prof Cheng said abattoirs and meat works were also a “worry”.
It comes as Premier Daniel Andrews announced 15 more deaths on Thursday, taking the state’s death toll to 591.
Top-secret leaked documents revealed Melbourne’s dreaded stage 4 lockdown would continue for another two weeks after September 13.
Seen by the Herald Sun, a preliminary draft of the city’s lockdown exit road map showed once current restrictions ended residents would be able to exercise for two hours a day, split up into two sessions.
It showed the Government was also thinking of allowing single people and single parents the right to have a nominated visitor at home.
But the 8pm-5am curfew would stay in place for a further two weeks, as would the restrictions on businesses.
Once that fortnight is up, on September 28, people would be allowed to socialise outdoors with five people from a maximum of two households as well as a phased reopening of schools.
But Mr Andrews said the draft document was “out-of-date” and “certain” details would be announced on Sunday.
“The documents that have been the subject of a letter of interest over these last few hours are out of date and have no status,” he said.
“We will on Sunday give people a clear road map with as much detail and as much certainty as we can possibly provide.
“It won‘t be guided simply by dates on the calendar, though, it will be guided by the science and the data. It will be guided by how many cases there are in Victoria and the types of cases.”