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Australia Scott Morrison slams Daniel Andrews for keeping Victoria locked down

10:15  25 october  2020
10:15  25 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has copped the wrath of the prime minister for his 'profoundly disappointing' decision to keep Melbourne in lockdown.

Mr Andrews had previously planned to scrap the four reasons for leaving home and the 25 kilometre travel limit from November 1, provided the state had a rolling two-week average of less than five cases a day.

Despite the current average sitting at 4.6 new cases a day, the premier said he could not open up until the results of 1000 tests from the northern metropolitan outbreak were known.

'I know it is frustrating,' Mr Andrews said on Sunday. 'I know people are keen to have a long and detailed list of changes to the rules. It is not appropriate for us to do that now.'

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has been slammed for blaming families for a spike in COVID-19 cases, which saw the state return to strict lockdown measures. The Premier announced the lifting of restrictions would be halted until July 12 after Victoria recorded 25 new coronavirus cases on Saturday.

Mr Andrews said that if there is not a spike from the results of those remaining tests, the government will push ahead with a November 1 reopening as they had planned.

Among those to criticise Mr Andrews was Scott Morrison, who said 1,000 Victorians are losing their jobs daily due to business being closed during the Stage 4 lockdown.

Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie: Scott Morrison has blasted Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for his 'profoundly disappointing' decision to keep Melbourne in lockdown © Provided by Daily Mail Scott Morrison has blasted Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for his 'profoundly disappointing' decision to keep Melbourne in lockdown a man wearing a suit and tie: Daniel Andrews had previously promised to scrap the four reasons for leaving home and the 25 kilometre travel limit from November 1, provided the state had a rolling two-week average of less than five cases a day © Provided by Daily Mail Daniel Andrews had previously promised to scrap the four reasons for leaving home and the 25 kilometre travel limit from November 1, provided the state had a rolling two-week average of less than five cases a day

'We have also agonisingly witnessed a 31 per cent increase in Medicare funded mental health presentations in Victoria during the lockdown and significant increases in other mental health services,' Mr Morrison said in a statement on Sunday.

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The inquiry has been investigating Victoria 's second wave - which resulted in more than 18,000 new COVID-19 infections, 750 deaths and a lengthy lockdown - which began with outbreaks at two Melbourne hotels used Scott Morrison slams Daniel Andrews for keeping Victoria locked down .

'Victorians are to be congratulated for meeting and beating the considerable benchmarks that were set by their State Government before restrictions could be eased.

'They have played their part and sacrificed much in the pursuit of reaching those targets in the belief restrictions would be eased.'

Mr Morrison pointed out that the state's infection rate is now below the Victorian Government's own target of a 14 day rolling average of fewer than five cases per day to further reduce restrictions.


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'It is also well below the Commonwealth's hot spot definition, based on the advice of the acting Chief Medical Officer, of a rolling average of fewer than 10 cases per day over 3 days,' he said.

'At some point, you have to move forward and put your public health systems to work in a bid to reclaim the jobs that have been lost, and rescue the livelihoods and peace of mind of so many Victorians who have been affected by the inability to contain the outbreak that led to the second Victorian wave.

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'This is a profound disappointment. Borders and closures are not indicators of public health success. They are the opposite.'

Former Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos also slammed Mr Andrews for his decision to prolong Melbourne's lockdown.

'Vic[toria] has met the under 5 threshold which some thought was unachievable. This was a very cautious target,' she tweeted.

a group of people walking on a city street: Mr Morrison said that under Stage 4 lockdown, 1,000 Victorians have lost their jobs every day due to forced business closures © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Morrison said that under Stage 4 lockdown, 1,000 Victorians have lost their jobs every day due to forced business closures a group of people looking at a phone: Victoria recorded seven new cases and no deaths on Sunday, keeping the state's death toll at 817 and the national figure at 905. Pictured: testing in Heidelberg West © Provided by Daily Mail Victoria recorded seven new cases and no deaths on Sunday, keeping the state's death toll at 817 and the national figure at 905. Pictured: testing in Heidelberg West

'6/7 of new cases are related to a known outbreak so the risk is manageable. The set reopening is gradual & safe so any delay is unnecessary. It's paralysis in decision-making.'

Ms Mikakos resigned from parliament last month - one day after the embattled premier pointed the finger at her over the state's quarantine hotel blunder that led to the second wave.

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Mr Andrews had earlier backtracked on previous indications of an easing of restrictions on Sunday after seven cases were also reported on Saturday.

His tone had been optimistic on Friday after reporting a single fresh case, saying Victoria was 'very well placed'.

But 24 hours later the message had changed.

'I just want to caution people from banking that tomorrow I'll be making a whole series of detailed announcements about opening up,' he said on Saturday.

Victoria recorded seven new cases and no deaths on Sunday, keeping the state's death toll at 817 and the national figure at 905.

Scott Morrison's full statement

Victorians have made great progress in reducing the rate of COVID-19 infections from the second wave outbreak in Victoria.

While the Commonwealth Government welcomes Victoria's commitment to the national framework agreed at National Cabinet to have Australia open by Christmas, for many Victorian businesses and their workers today's announcement will mean they will simply not be able to make it.

The new Framework to reopen by Christmas is a clear and transparent, three step plan which provides the Australian community and businesses with a way forward where Australians can live and work in a COVID Normal Australia, ensuring that we maintain strong health protections and minimise job losses and mental health impacts.

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Victorians are to be congratulated for meeting and beating the considerable benchmarks that were set by their State Government before restrictions could be eased. They have played their part and sacrificed much in the pursuit of reaching those targets in the belief restrictions would be eased.

Under the Victorian Stage 4 lockdown, Victoria has seen the devastation of more than 1,000 job losses per day. We have also agonisingly witnessed a 31 per cent increase in Medicare funded mental health presentations in Victoria during the lockdown and significant increases in other mental health services.

At some point, you have to move forward and put your public health systems to work in a bid to reclaim the jobs that have been lost, and rescue the livelihoods and peace of mind of so many Victorians who have been affected by the inability to contain the outbreak that led to the second Victorian wave.

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Victoria's public health systems are either up to the task of dealing with future outbreaks or they are not. The decision to keep businesses closed suggests that there is still not sufficient confidence within the Government that their systems can support reopening.

This is a profound disappointment. Of course, Victorians do not want to face another lockdown and of course they don't want all of this to have been for nothing. That is why ensuring the State Government's capability to deal with outbreaks through their public health response is so essential. This is what you need for Victoria to open up safely and stay safely open.

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Borders and closures are not indicators of public health success. They are the opposite.

Victoria's infection rate is now below the Victorian Government's own target of a 14 day rolling average of fewer than 5 cases per day to further reduce restrictions. It is also well below the Commonwealth's hot spot definition, based on the advice of the acting Chief Medical Officer, of a rolling average of fewer than 10 cases per day over 3 days.

During this time, the Victorian Government has greatly benefitted from the cooperation of the Victorian public and business community who have paid a significant price as a result of the prolonged lockdown measures.

The Commonwealth Government has also provided significant assistance from the ADF, medical and technical experts with the management of the lockdown and boosting Victoria's contact tracing systems.

The Victorian Government has stated that they have now significantly improved their contact tracing capabilities to deal with any future outbreaks. Such capacity has been critical to enabling NSW to deal with numerous outbreaks, whilst staying open.

If this is the case, then we strongly encourage the Victorian Government to rapidly take the next steps to implement the National Framework and mirror the NSW COVID Safe restrictions for the sake of health, mental health and halting the loss of more than 1,000 jobs per day.

The Australian Government will continue to support Victorians through this crisis through our record economic and income supports. We will also continue to work with the Victorian Government to assist them to strengthen their public health and contact tracing capacity.

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Daniel Andrews boasts state's yet to be revealed check-in technology .
The premier has not yet been able to confirm when Victoria's contract tracing software will be introduced - despite NSW and the ACT bringing in their own technology last month. On Friday, Victoria reported four new coronavirus cases and no deaths, leaving the state toll on 819 and the national figure at 907. The Service NSW app allows residents to check into businesses who are using the COVID Safe QR code by scanning with their smartphone. 'Contact tracing is one of the most powerful tools to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community,' the Service NSW website reads.

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