Victoria returns to double-digit coronavirus numbers with only 76 new cases and 11 deaths – with Dan Andrews’ decision on phase four closure lurking
- Victoria registered 76 cases of the coronavirus on Saturday as infection rates dropped
- An additional 11 people died, a marked drop from the 59 announced Friday
- But 50 of those dates were previously unreported as of July and August
- Comes after an overview of how aged care facility COVID-19 deaths are registered
- On Sunday, Daniel Andrews will announce his decision on the Stage Four rules
The controversial state of Victoria has recorded 76 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths.
Welcome infection rates come after a spike earlier in the week, with 113 new cases following double-digit days of transmission.
Friday was Victoria’s deadliest day of the pandemic to date, with 59 announced deaths – but 50 of those had occurred in retirement homes in July and August.
Melbourne’s phase four lockdown, with the rest of the state in phase three – regardless of how many cases of coronavirus cities have – was increasingly under scrutiny as the numbers dropped.
The new deaths come as bomb-leaked documents reveal Melbourne’s strict phase four lockdown could be extended (photo, police roamed Melbourne Thursday)
While the Victorian government claims the leaked map is ‘outdated’, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured) on Thursday declined to rule out any continuation of Stage Four restrictions.
The lockdown will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 13, with Prime Minister Daniel Andrews set to reveal the fates of millions of Victorians on Sunday when the government’s roadmap is revealed.
Bombshell leaked documents revealed on Thursday that Melbourne’s strict Stage Four lockdown could be extended for another two weeks.
A top secret draft for Victoria’s recovery turned out to reveal the government’s plan to extend the curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and maintain restrictions on businesses for another two weeks.
While the Victorian government claims the leaked map is “ outdated, ” Andrews on Thursday declined to rule out continuation of the Stage Four restrictions.
If COVID-19 infections got out of control, Australia’s health system could be overwhelmed, according to a Grattan Institute model (photo, their report)
“Everything is on the table,” he admitted. ‘It is driven by data and science, how many cases there are, the kinds of cases there are.’
According to the roadmap, residents will be given the luxury of two hours of exercise per day, which can be split into two sessions, starting September 14 – the official date when phase four ends.
The decision will be announced on Sunday.
Singles and single parents would also be given the right to have a nominated visitor in their home.
According to the report, which was obtained by the Herald Sun, there will be bigger changes starting September 28, including the lifting of the curfew and more social gatherings.
But the Victorian Chamber of Commerce has denied there is a plan to extend the phase four lock by two weeks – claiming it’s outdated.
WHAT THE FOUR STAGE LOCKDOWN OF MELBOURNE MEANS TO YOU
State of disaster: More police powers to enforce the lockdown. Warnings will no longer be issued, only $ 1,652 fines or court summons
Curfew: No one is allowed outside of 8 PM to 5 AM, except for work, medical care, health care – no shopping or exercising
Distance limit: Shopping and sports are only possible at 5 km from home
Practice: All leisure activities are prohibited and you can only exercise with one other person for one hour a day
Partners: You can visit a friend who doesn’t live with you, even if they live more than 3 miles away
Shopping: Only one person per day can shop for groceries
Cafes and restaurants will remain open for take-out, as will supermarkets, etc.
Schools: All students learn from home unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and daycare closed
Funerals: No change in burial limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne for one to regional Victoria
Weddings: Completely prohibited
Public transport: Slashed after 8pm and canceled late at night
Common sport: All sport in the community in Victoria is now banned. Only sports are allowed within the permitted public gatherings of two people.