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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria records 148 new COVID-19 cases as Daniel Andrews flags state of emergency extension; Australian death toll jumps to 525 – The Age

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has passed 23.5 million, Johns Hopkins University data shows, while deaths from the virus have passed 800,000.



The government is facing an intense backlash from the sector after it opted to run a single “fit testing” trial which uses a machine to ensure mask are sealed to the face for high-risk staff at Northern Health, rather than implementing the infection control practice across the state.
Fit-testing is mandatory for workers dealing with asbestos and silica, but not always for hospitals dealing with COVID-19, leaving doctors and nurses vulnerable to the deadly virus.
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