Victoria has recorded just 43 new coronavirus cases and nine other deaths as fears grow that Prime Minister Daniel Andrews’ strict curfew could be extended.
Friday’s cases brought the state’s death toll to 710.
The new figures come to the eighth double-digit day in cases after Thursday recorded 51 infections and Wednesday 76.
The 14-day average of cases in the coronavirus-ridden state fell to 73 on Thursday.
Victoria recorded just 43 new coronavirus cases and nine more deaths on Friday (people exercise along the Tan Track in Melbourne)
The new infections come after Mr Andrews defended the 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew in effect since August 2, adding that it could be extended beyond the month.
Mr Andrews said while there have been talks to lift the curfew on September 28, it could be extended beyond.
“The plan talks about the 28th, it can go further,” he said.
“We’ll look at the data, we’ll see where we are, we’ll see how close we are to reaching the very low numbers of cases that are critical to opening the place.
“It’s no more complex than that. The curfew will not last longer than necessary.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has said the strict 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew could be extended beyond the end of September (police photo at Bourke Street Mall this week)
Victoria Police and the health official both said they did not recommend a curfew imposed on Melbourne (a woman wearing a face mask waits for a tram in Melbourne’s CBD)
Meanwhile, Victoria Chief Police Commissioner Shane Patton and Director of Health Prof Brett Sutton both said the curfew was not their idea and had not been recommended.
“I made inquiries to determine if anyone in the organization was briefed on the matter and, to the best of my understanding, our policy area received a copy of the proposed information guidelines a few hours before they were signed. Said Mr. Dit Patton.
Mr Andrews said decisions are made by “groups of people”.
“Anyone who is unhappy with this or doesn’t think it’s a proportionate measure, well that’s a decision I made,” he said.
“I will be responsible for this.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has also proposed to review the curfew.
“They (the Victorian government) should continue to review these restrictions which are not based on medical advice,” he said.
“Victoria has a strong charter of human rights.
More details on the recent number of recorded cases will be revealed later on Friday.
Mr Andrews said the curfew could be extended beyond September 28 as the state records its eighth day of consecutive double-digit cases