Cautious Premier Daniel Andrews will not rush to raise Victorian restrictions

“Subsequent week, I am going to have extra to say about what the remainder of Could seems like,” he mentioned. “After which progressively we’ll discuss concerning the second stage and the third stage and getting again to as near regular as we are able to.

“Subsequent week shall be crammed a lot of totally different bulletins which can be cautious and cautious however will, I feel, be welcomed by Victorians, as a result of they’re based mostly on science, they’re based mostly on the most important testing protocol that our nation has seen proper all through this world pandemic.”

Victoria’s state of emergency expires on Monday, which is when the state authorities has mentioned it can assessment restrictions.

Mr Andrews mentioned he would have “some additional issues to say about faculties subsequent week”.

“The character of that, I am unable to pre-empt, as a result of there’s nonetheless additional work that must be finished.”


He confused the federal government had not dominated out permitting college students again earlier than the top of time period two however dad and mom ought to plan for distant studying till the mid-year break.

“We have all the time been eager to present dad and mom as a lot discover as potential. We did that after we introduced the varsity holidays ahead. And, after all, we’ll do this if and when these coverage settings change.”

Greater than 127,000 folks have come ahead to be examined for coronavirus throughout the federal government’s two-week blitz – far exceeding the federal government’s goal of 100,000.

The outcomes of those checks will assist decide how a lot neighborhood transmission of the virus has occurred and what restrictions might be eased first.

“Nothing modifications as we speak, nothing modifications tomorrow, nothing modifications Sunday. The foundations stay in place,” he mentioned.

“Let’s not give all the pieces again, let’s not throw away all of the progress we have made by letting our frustration get the higher of us … We simply need to be just a little affected person for just a little longer.”

There will no change to social distancing restrictions in Victoria this weekend.

There’ll no change to social distancing restrictions in Victoria this weekend. Credit score:Joe Armao

Mr Andrews mentioned Victoria was not like different states “which have actually had no neighborhood transmission”.

“We have now many extra [cases of] neighborhood transmission and that is been a function of Victoria,” he mentioned.

About one in 10 coronavirus instances within the state are the results of unknown neighborhood transmission.

A further 13 folks examined optimistic to COVID-19 in Victoria within the 24 hours to Friday morning, together with 5 instances of neighborhood transmission.

Of the state’s 1467 confirmed instances to this point, it’s doubtless 158 had been acquired via neighborhood transmission.

Mr Andrews mentioned the return of the soccer season was a matter for the AFL to find out however it was working carefully with the Well being Division and the Victorian authorities.

“We would like footy again, however it’s gotta be protected. And I am assured that it may be. However these bulletins aren’t for me to make.”

The Premier mentioned he was not fazed by any criticism of his resolution to carry agency on Victoria’s restrictions.

“Is Victoria cautious, no. We’re simply guided by the science and we all know what’s at stake. And if that is common, truthful sufficient. If it isn’t, that is not likely my concern,” he mentioned.

“This can be a pandemic, this isn’t a recognition contest. This can be a pandemic and Victorians ought to be so proud that during they’ve finished what’s required.”

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