So, after not reporting for a week, Victoria has gone and reported 199 new cases, all in one go, today. So, the graphs look alarming. I’ve updated them and put them at the top of this blog as usual. Or you can click here.
Nonetheless, if you look at the other states, we have had our highest ever rise in new cases today. The rest of Australia has reported 109 new cases today, taking the total for the rest of Australia (ex Vic) to 613. With Vic added in, we are now at 1,823 cases.
The graph below shows new cases reported daily, excluding Victoria, and puts today’s rise in perspective (this graph is also shown in the “Australian Graphs” page, above, and is regularly updated there):
Victoria now seems to be reporting weekly. The other thing to note is that they don’t seem to be testing as much. Dr Danko said in one of his comments today that sub-typing of Influenza A cases may not be being done at all in Victoria now. Not sure that’s quite right, given these new figures that have just been reported, but nonetheless Victoria does seem to have cut back on the amount of testing it’s doing. For example, in the “Health Professionals’ Alert” that Dr Danko’s previously pointed us to, the testing guideline for the new Sustain phase requires testing only when a patient is “at risk”. It doesn’t seem to require testing for other people. Here is what this testing guideline says:
Who should be tested?
Testing is highly recommended for:
• Symptomatic patients with severe clinical disease (i.e. hospitalised)
• Symptomatic students or staff who attend a special development school, those <12months and attend a childcare centre or residents in a residential aged care facility
• Symptomatic HCW’s who have managed high risk patients during their infectious period.
High risk patients can be categorised as: pregnant women, the immuno-suppressed, those with chronic cardio-pulmonary disease, metabolic disease such as diabetes, or morbid obesity.