Victoria records two new coronavirus cases and no deaths as Daniel Andrews prepares to FINALLY end Melbourne’s radical lockdown
- Victoria reported two new cases of coronavirus and zero overnight deaths
- Prime Minister Daniel Andrews expected to announce a change to the Melbourne lockdown
- Federal Health Secretary Greg Hunt wished the restrictions were in line with NSW
- Mr Andrews said that social and not economic improvements will be made
Another day of single-digit COVID-19 diagnoses, and no deaths, Victorians have been eagerly awaiting news of relaxation of lifestyle restrictions.
The state reported two new cases on Sunday and a rolling 7.5 daily incidence in the Melbourne metropolis over the fourteen days to Saturday. Regional Victoria’s two-week average is 0.5.
According to statistics, the number of deaths from Victoria’s coronavirus remains at 816 and the national toll at 904.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews is expected to unveil significant changes to Melbourne’s movement restrictions and meetings on Sunday.
Another day with single-digit COVID-19 diagnoses, and no deaths, Victorians eagerly await news of relaxation of lifestyle restrictions (pictured, residents jogging in Melbourne)
The announcement will not change the mandatory wearing of a mask when Victorians leave their home.
Federal Health Secretary Greg Hunt has urged the Victorian government to relax restrictions in line with NSW.
‘The epidemiological conditions for a COVID-safe reopening of, among other things, hospitality, relocation (and) family reunions have now been firmly met,’ Hunt wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
“Victoria should now be able to move to the next step in line with (with) NSW.”
However, Mr Andrews said Mr Hunt was not an epidemiologist and accused him of ‘playing games’ before adding that he would not be rushed to reopen Victoria.
“We’re not going to risk everything Victorians sacrificed. And that’s why this strategy isn’t about racing to open up (and) running to COVID normal – it’s about safe and steady steps, ” said the prime minister.
‘We are now about to beat this second wave. It does not occur in many countries, if any, around the world. ‘
Melbourne residents are subject to restrictions, including a two-hour daily outdoor exercise within 3 miles of home, and no more than five people from two households can congregate outdoors.
Mr Andrews has confirmed that Sunday’s announcements will be “ a lot more in the social space than in the economic space, ” stranding the hopes of those in the retail and hospitality industry.
Health authorities continue to investigate Victoria’s 15 cases for a fortnight through Thursday, which have no known source.