Coronvirus cases now at 11 in Wellington Shire

AN 11th case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the Wellington Shire.

As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases in Victoria was 1361.

Eighteen people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

With 1291 people having recovered, there are 52 active cases.

More than 114,100 tests have been completed.

THE first of six respiratory assessment clinics planned for Gippsland to help fight illnesses such as coronavirus has opened on Monday in Warragul.

Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said more clinics would open in Sale, Morwell, Bairnsdale, Foster and Wonthaggi.

The Gippsland Primary Health Network has worked with general practices to find suitable locations.

“These clinics will provide those suffering mild to moderate respiratory symptoms a place to be assessed and receive treatment advice,” Mr Chester said.

“Patients will be able to be tested for respiratory conditions, such as coronavirus, influenza and pneumonia.

“They may then be referred to another medical facility for treatment, or advised to self-isolate at home.”

Mr Chester said the clinics would complement services available at hospitals and local GP practices, helping to ease the pressure on these services and strengthening the fight against coronavirus.

The six clinics planned for Gippsland are among 100 federally-funded respiratory clinics to open across Australia.

It comes as up to 100,000 Victorians will be tested for coronavirus during the next two weeks as part of a major testing blitz across the state, to better understand how the virus is spreading in the community and set the state up for the potential easing of restrictions.