Victoria’s daily coronavirus infections finally fell below 100 for the first time in almost two months, as the state continues to experience a drastic shutdown.
Melburnians have been locked in their homes since July 8, leaving home only for essential reasons, with infection rates peaking at 723 new infections daily.
As of Saturday, that number was just 94, the lowest daily total since July 5, when only 74 new cases were recorded.
The figure comes as state health officials have said cases are likely to drop below the triple-digit mark over the next few days.
“It hasn’t gone below 100 yet, I expect that to happen, if not over the weekend and then by next week, if the trends continue,” said Friday. Victoria’s director of health, Brett Sutton.
“We obviously have to hold the course here.”
Victoria has reported 94 more coronavirus cases and 18 deaths, the first time the number of infections has fallen below 100 in months. Pictured: Residents wearing face masks walking through almost empty streets in Melbourne
“It hasn’t gone below 100 yet, I expect that to happen, if not over the weekend and then next week, if the trends continue,” the director said on Friday. Victoria’s Health, Brett Sutton (pictured).
The number of COVID-19 cases has slowly declined in the state over the past week.
Since last Monday, there have not been more than 150 new daily cases of coronavirus.
Victoria reported 113 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths on Friday.
The numbers have fueled anticipation over the easing of strict restrictions on the fourth stage in Melbourne, which include a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
But Prime Minister Daniel Andrews remains adamant it is too early to significantly relax the rules.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews remains adamant that it is too early to loosen the rules significantly, despite the state recording the number of infections for the first time below 100 in months. Pictured: Victoria’s COVID-19 infections since June
Healthcare workers continue to test for coronavirus at MyDoc Healthcare testing station during COVID-19 in Bendigo
“The idea that we would go from the fourth stage to the second or the first stage, all these businesses would be open like a normal second half, in the normal spring we won’t be able to do that,” he said.
“It will have to be gradual and regular because we all have to be very careful to make sure that nothing we do makes it more likely that we end up here in exactly this place.
“We want to beat the second wave and properly. This means that we can avoid a third wave.
Mr Andrews plans to extend Victoria’s state of emergency to 18 months in September, giving the government the power to impose further lockdown restrictions.
Amendments are underway to change it, despite the 2008 Public Health and Welfare Act only allowing a state of emergency to operate for six months.
“It is not an unlimited extension, it is nothing more than an acknowledgment that this virus will not be finished on September 30,” the Prime Minister said on Monday August 24.
“I wouldn’t like anything anymore so that there wouldn’t be a need for rules on September 14, but I don’t think that’s the reality. “
Mr Andrews received a lot of backlash online, with the Victorians calling his plan “scary” and “saving his own job for the next 12 months.”
“No other state has experienced a state of emergency of this duration. he had complete control over all aspects of Victorian life. It looks more like the supreme ruler by the day, ”one person said on Twitter.
“It’s really scary,” another tweeted.
“We cannot let this happen. I am writing to my MPs today and you should too, ”said a third person.
Mr Andrews said the state could not afford to lower restrictions and would extend the state of emergency to 18 months in September. Pictured: A person wearing a face mask walks past Victoria Police, Air Force and ADF staff outside the Melbourne Museum
Victoria has reported 94 more coronavirus cases and 18 deaths, the first time the number of infections has fallen below 100 in months. Pictured: Collins St in quiet, deserted Melbourne’s CBD on August 23
“Daniel Andrews just wants to extend the state of emergency in Victoria to save his own job for the next 12 months,” added a fourth person.
With a good weather forecast for the weekend, Victorians are urged to obey state rules on coronaviruses.
Residents are required to adhere to a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., are only allowed to travel 3 miles from their homes, and are restricted to exercising outdoors for one hour.
Victorian-era restrictions in Stage 4 are only allowed to leave their homes for food, work or study, exercise, or compassionate care.
They are required to wear a mask every time they leave the house, unless an exception applies, and are encouraged to get tested, even with the mildest symptoms.
WHAT DOES THE STATE OF EMERGENCY MEAN?
The state of emergency gives the director of health additional powers to give instructions to help contain the spread of the coronavirus and keep Victorians safe.
“The expansion of the powers of the director of health will allow us to better protect public health and give our hospitals, general practitioners and other industries the best fighting chances we can,” said Minister of Health Jenny Mikakos .
Under the Public Health and Welfare Act 2008, the director of health can see his powers extended in four ways:
- Any person or group in a particular area can be detained to eliminate or reduce a serious risk to public health
- The movement of people in the emergency area may be restricted
- People can be prevented from entering an emergency area
- Authorized officers may give any instruction deemed reasonably necessary to protect public health
The “emergency zone” could be defined by the health official and could contain a street, suburb or state.