Melbourne stage 4 restrictions, curfew implemented, Victoria COVID-19 case surge continues, NSW cases prompt face mask recommendations, Australia death toll at 208

Melbourne stage 4 restrictions, curfew implemented, Victoria COVID-19 case surge continues, NSW cases prompt face mask recommendations, Australia death toll at 208

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Associate Professor Rait said in some hospitals that looked after coronavirus patients the highest level of PPE (face shields and N95 masks) had not been available.

“We have been frustrated. Some hospitals have embraced the highest standards of PPE, while others have not agreed or provided the necessary PPE,” he said.

“There has been an inconsistency we have found very frustrating, which the government has corrected in the past week.”

Associate Professor Rait said some people had been presenting at hospitals with unusual symptoms, who later turned out to have coronavirus.

“People have been presenting with headaches and vague symptoms like that, who have turned out to be COVID-positive. We are still learning about the virus and all the different ways it can present,” he said.

“It is very difficult because a bank of symptoms we usually use to diagnose COVID-19 and we are learning of new ones every day.”