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Australia Daniel Andrews coronavirus press conference — the key moments, including restrictions for regional Victorians

09:09  30 july  2020
09:09  30 july  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Victoria has widened restrictions to cover some regional residents after its daily coronavirus numbers saw Australia record its deadliest day in the pandemic, as well as its most new infections in a 24-hour period.

Premier Daniel Andrews gave a lengthy press conference of more than an hour to give an update on the situation. These are the key things you might have missed.

These are Victoria's latest coronavirus numbers at a glance:

  • 723 new cases
  • 13 new fatalities — 10 believed to be connected to aged care
  • 19,921 tests were conducted yesterday
  • 312 people are in hospital, including 34 in intensive care

The first big announcement is that restrictions are being introduced in regional Victoria

From midnight tonight, residents in parts of regional Victoria will not be able to visit other households or have people visit them, and that includes weddings and funerals at homes.

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The locations affected include:

  • Greater Geelong
  • Surf Coast
  • Moorabool
  • Golden Plains
  • Colac-Otway
  • Borough of Queenscliffe

Mr Andrews described the broad area affected as "Geelong plus".

However, people in these areas will still be able to visit restaurants

As well as being able to visit restaurants under the new restrictions, affected Victorians will be able to attend community sport and visit gyms.

Mr Andrews said he understood that it may seem "counterintuitive that you can go to the pub but you can't go to your mate's place", but gave this explanation:

"The data drives that decision. That's where the transmission is. It's not in cafes and restaurants, but it is, in small numbers, in people's homes. One family to another."

Mr Andrews said the difference was that venues are controlled environments and homes aren't.

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He said that if the data showed transmission in cafes, restaurants and pubs, he would shut them down too. He also said he could not rule out that decision being made in the future.

The second big announcement is that all Victorians will need to wear masks or face coverings

From 11:59pm on Sunday, everyone in regional Victoria will need to wear a mask or face covering when out of their home, bringing them in line with the rules in Melbourne.

Mr Andrews said there were around 255 active cases in regional Victoria — compared to 4,516 in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire — and the new announcements were preventative.

"We have low numbers in regional Victoria, and we want to jealously guard that. We want to keep those numbers low," he said.

The same penalties for not wearing a mask will apply as in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

"It's something we can do in regional Victoria without causing significant economic cost, but getting a really significant public health benefit," Mr Andrews said.

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The Premier also stressed the fact that the new rules included face coverings, not just masks.

"I would be indebted if we could get that message out — any protection is better than none," he said.

Today's numbers were a reflection of increased cases in aged care

Mr Andrews said he was loathed to go into too much detail about the make-up of today's number of cases — "I frankly don't want it to be read as a criticism of any one sector" — but nevertheless said they reflected cases in aged care.

There are currently more than 80 outbreaks at Victorian aged care homes.

Mr Andrews also said community transmission had been "fairly consistent" for the past few days, without giving a specific figure:

"The community transmission, the kind of mystery cases, that's still too high. But it's certainly not at 700. It will be a very small number in that scheme of things."

The Premier also gave an update on the Reff number, which provides an estimate for how many people will be infected, on average, by each person with coronavirus.

He said it was "hovering around one", which he said was "relatively stable but still far too high for us to see these numbers fall".

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"The key point here is until we can get only every second or every third person infecting someone else, we will not see these numbers come down," Mr Andrews said.

Without Victoria's lockdowns, you could 'add a zero' to today's number of cases

Mr Andrews said he could not comment on when restrictions would end, but said it would not be "anytime soon" unless everybody played their part:

"If we were to reopen, across metropolitan Melbourne, and Mitchell shire, today, then it will not be 700 cases a day. You can add a zero to that. And our hospitals will be overrun and we will be conducting more funerals."

The Premier said he could not predict what the situation would look like in three weeks (Melbourne's lockdown, which started just over three weeks ago, was set at six weeks when it was announced).

People who didn't answer the door when the ADF knocked have been referred to police

Mr Andrews said 269 properties were visited yesterday as part of ADF and state health department doorknocking to check with quarantine compliance:

"I don't want this to be seen as criticism or blame, but I'm obliged to point out that there were a number of people who were not home. They will be referred to Victoria Police," he said.

The Premier said there were also cases of people who had tested positive for coronavirus and should have been home were instead at work:

"To have found even one person who had disregarded their diagnosis and instead had decided to go to work is very disappointing."

Mr Andrews said too many people were still working while sick, and urged Victorians to take up a $300 payment if they needed to take time off work to get tested for coronavirus and isolate while waiting for the result.

"The fact that there are 1,000-plus people who have got that $300 payment, that says to me that that's 1,000 families that have made the right choice," he said.

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