Gone by Christmas: Australia told to lift most state coronavirus restrictions by December 25 – as pressure on Daniel Andrews builds to lift lockdown
- Scott Morrison hopes that the restrictions of the coronavirus will be lifted by Christmas
- The Prime Minister’s comments come as the pressure on Victoria’s Prime Minister grows
- Daniel Andrews said it is too early to capture a road map in the midst of a deadly second wave
- COVID-19 cases are down in Victoria, with 73 registered on Monday
Scott Morrison says Australian state coronavirus restrictions against Christmas should be lifted as pressure on Prime Minister Daniel Andrews grows to ease Victoria’s draconian lockdown.
The prime minister told the House of Representatives on Monday that he is focusing on rebuilding the economy after a deadly second wave of infections in Melbourne.
Mr Morrison said he continues to focus on the ‘way back’ to life before the pandemic.
“The limitations in the arrangements we have today are not things we want to see for Christmas,” he said.
Pictured: A digital screen warning beachgoers of COVID-19 restrictions at Bondi Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Saturday
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured in House of Representatives on Monday) hopes Australia’s Christmas coronavirus restrictions should be lifted
‘What we want to know is what will happen if we only get to know September 1, but October 1 and November 1 and December 1 and January 1, because our economy has to stay on its way back.
“And we need to keep working together to make sure we can open the economy safely, just like we did in May and June.”
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese wondered why Morrison focused his energies on the leaders of the state rather than the economy.
“Why does the prime minister spend his time fighting with prime ministers instead of bringing an economy into crisis and an economy in recession for the first time in 30 years?” Mr. Albanian asked.
The prime minister said the way back was to ensure that there were jobs that would ‘return to our economy – be it in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania or elsewhere’.
“We cannot withdraw, we must always move forward when it comes to fighting this virus, and that is what the Commonwealth government is doing in conjunction with the states and territories.”
Pressure is on Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured) to lift lockdown amid second wave of infections
Pictured: ADF personnel and Victorian police officers patrol the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne
Mr. Morrison’s comments come after Treasurer Josh Frydenberg described Mr. Andrews’ approach to the health crisis as “ the greatest public policy failure by a state government in living memory. ”
Victoria registered 73 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, the lowest daily increase since early July.
The state also reported an additional 41 deaths, but only eight occurred in the past 24 hours.
The remaining 33 were added to the count after being reported to the health department.
The national death toll from the coronavirus stands at 652.
A health worker will conduct a coronavirus test in Melbourne on Sunday
Mr. Andrews will outline a plan to reduce social and business restrictions on September 6.
The prime minister said it was too early to confirm the plan, despite the fact that the coronavirus has declined in recent weeks.
“It is too early today to arrange and document that roadmap,” Andrews told reporters.
“The data from another week is critical to keep the strategy working.”
Melbourne’s six-week phase four restrictions will end on September 13.
Monday’s figures put the virus toll on the state at 565 and the national total at 652