Heatwave blamed for increased Victorian death toll

Heatwave blamed for increased Victorian death toll

The heatwave that hit much of south-eastern Australia last week is being blamed for a large spike in the number of deaths in Victoria.

More than 203 deaths were reported to the coroner last week – more than twice the average.

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine is expecting the number of deaths to reach that of the heatwave in 2009, which is thought to have killed more than 370 people in Victoria.

The Institute’s Director Stephen Cordner says those most affected by the heat are the elderly, particularly those with pre-existing medical conditions.

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