It’s been nearly two months since the Victorian Government suspended most elective surgery.

In July Premier Daniel Andrews said that was necessary to free up healthcare workers needed to help in aged care, and hospital beds for people sick with COVID-19.

At the time of the announcement the state had recorded nearly 400 cases in one day, and all elective surgery except the most urgent procedures were cancelled.

But now seven weeks later, with Victoria recording just 42 cases, surgeons are ready to begin operating again.

When will elective surgeries begin in regional Victoria?

In regional Victoria increased elective surgeries will resume from tomorrow.

The aim is for hospitals to be conducting 85 per cent of the pre-pandemic number of elective surgeries from September 28, up from the current rate of 50 per cent.

All hospitals will then aim to get to 100 per cent of usual activity once the state moves to the final stage on the state’s roadmap to recovery, which is planned for November 23.

Article originally published by ABC News on the 16th September 2020. To read the full article click here.