Australia’s coronavirus death toll rises

Two people aged in their 80s have died from COVID-19 in Victoria, bringing the national death toll to 110.

An 80-year-old man died in Royal Melbourne Hospital on Monday night, Nine reports.

ABC on Tuesday afternoon reported a woman in her 80s had also died in a Victorian hospital.

The two deaths bring the state’s toll to 26 and follow an announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews on the weekend that a man in his 70s had died from the coronavirus.

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Victoria’s chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton on Tuesday said authorities are expecting “at least” a couple of hundred COVID-19 patients to be admitted to hospital in coming weeks.

Outbreaks in a number of aged care facilities have also grown.

He said the number of people in hospital had increased by 13 in the past 24 hours to 85, and the number of people in intensive care units had increased by nine to 26.

Twenty-one of those patients are on ventilators.

“That’s a measure of the fact that we’re going into a phase where a lot of our current cases will be deteriorating,” Prof Sutton said.

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