Victoria reports fewer than 100 coronavirus cases for the first time in two months as pressure grows for Dan Andrews’ draconian lockdown to end
- Victoria reports 94 COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths on Saturday after 113, 12 on Friday
- Cases mark the first time COVID-19 numbers have dropped below 100 in months
- Health authorities said they believed figures would drop over the next few days
Victoria has reported another 94 coronavirus cases and 18 deaths, the first time the infection numbers have been below 100 in months.
The figure comes as state health authorities said cases were likely to drop below the three figure mark over the coming days.
‘It’s not gotten below 100 yet, I do expect that to happen, if not over the weekend, then by next week, if trends continue,’ Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said on Friday.
‘We obviously have to hold the course here.’
Victoria has reported another 94 coronavirus cases and 18 deaths, the first time the infection numbers have been below 100 in months. Pictured: Residents wearing face masks walking near-empty streets in Melbourne
‘It’s not gotten below 100 yet, I do expect that to happen, if not over the weekend, then by next week, if trends continue,’ Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton (pictured) said on Friday
The number of COVID-19 cases has slowly been dropping in the state over the past week.
Since last Monday there have been no more than 150 new daily coronavirus cases.
Victoria reported 113 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Friday.
The numbers have fuelled anticipation about the easing of strict stage four restrictions across Melbourne, which include an 8pm to 5am curfew.
But Premier Daniel Andrews remains adamant it is too soon to dramatically relax the rules.
‘The notion we would go from stage four to stage two or stage one, all those businesses would be open like a normal second half of the year, normal spring, we’re not going to be able to do that,’ he said.
‘It will have to be gradual and steady because we’ve all got to be really careful to make sure nothing we do makes it more likely that we find ourselves back here at exactly this place.
‘We want to defeat the second wave and properly.
‘That means we can avoid a third wave.’
With fine weather forecast for the weekend, Victorians are being urged to stick with the state’s coronavirus rules.
More to follow.
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