Victoria’s acting chief health officer says the number of people in the state’s hospital with COVID-19 is unlikely to surpass a record set in January.
The number of people in hospital with COVID peaked at 1229 in January during the first wave of the Omicron strain of the virus.
However, Ben Cowie told ABC Melbourne on Monday afternoon he did not think there would be a repeat of those figures.
“I don’t think we’ll exceed it,” Cowie said.
He said there was significant pressure on the health system because of the latest variants, but despite modelling suggesting similar figures were possibly, the health official said he thought it was unlikely.
“Predictions are just that - they’re predictions,” he said.
He also emphasised that ordinary Victorians were able to help reduce the numbers of people in hospital with COVID and to ensure the situation was not as dire as January.