Hundreds of extra intensive care beds are ready for patients with COVID-19 in Victorian hospitals but it’s hoped they won’t be needed.

An additional 230 intensive care beds have been put into hospitals across Victoria as part of a $1.9 billion state government package.

“I hope that those beds will never need to be used for COVID-19 but it is in all of our hands, it’s an incredibly fragile situation,” Health Minister Jenny Mikakos told reporters on Thursday.

While talking about the beds, Mikakos went on to say she doesn’t think there will be any changes to Victoria’s stage three restrictions for the next four weeks.

Mikakos said “I feel relatively optimistic about how we’re going and people are overwhelmingly doing the right thing,” she told reporters on Thursday.

“We’ve always said as a government we will never rule anything out.”

“I hope we never need to go to Stage 4.”

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