Daniel Andrews reveals grim lockdown reality as Victoria records 14 more infections

Daniel Andrews has dropped his biggest clue yet about the fate of Melbourne’s dreaded lockdown, and it’s not good news.

Melbourne’s dreaded lockdown will likely be extended beyond October 19 with the Premier admitting “stubborn” cases in the double-digits would restrict the government from easing restrictions next Sunday.

While announcing a further 14 infections and no new deaths on Saturday, Daniel Andrews warned Victorians he would not sign off on “what’s popular”.

“The tale of this second wave was always going to be stubborn and that is exactly the way it is panning out. I think it unlikely that we will be able to move as fast as we would like to have done next Sunday,” he told reporters on Saturday.

“We will take steps next Sunday, and (we) will spend an enormous amount of time this weekend and throughout the week determining exactly what those next steps can be.

“We’ve all come a very long way and the last thing that I will sign off on is doing what might be popular and what might perhaps please some, but actions, steps that are not safe.

“That will set us back, that will see all that has been given by Victorians across our state frittered away and count for nothing.”

 When questioned if lockdown restrictions would extend into November, the Premier said he did not believe that would be the case.

“I would not say that ... there will be easing is next weekend,” Mr Andrews said.

“We will not have these sorts of restrictions on well into November. Will there be rules in November? Absolutely, there will be. They will be safe and they will be as broad or as limited as they possibly can be.”

The city’s all-important 14-day virus average increased by 0.1 to 9.5 on Saturday, and is still hovering too far above the safe threshold.

Health authorities say the 14-day average must be about five for the Government to consider easing restrictions on October 19.

The Doherty Research Institute said the chances of reaching an average five COVID-19 cases by mid-October were under 50 per cent.

Regional Victoria’s 14-day average is 0.4.

 

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