Australia Daniel Andrews makes Victorians wait to learn when lockdown will end
Andrews would be 'staggered' if government withholds payments
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said he would be "staggered" if the Commonwealth government refused support payments for Victorians because they had not been locked down for seven days. The Victorian Premier said he hoped Scott Morrison would be happy to compromise on limitations to disaster payments to ensure residents could get support as soon as the lockdown is enforced tonight.For the COVID-19 Disaster Payment to take effect, a person must live or work in a Commonwealth-declared hotspot that has been locked down for more than seven days.
Daniel Andrews will make Victorians wait another day to find out when the state's fifthwill end, as 11 fresh cases are recorded.
The Victorian premier told reporters on Sunday morning that health experts will have to look at the number of new infections on Monday before they decide whether restrictions will be eased on Tuesday, as planned.
'Hopefully we could be in a position to ease some of these restrictions and rules from midnight on Tuesday, but we need to see what tomorrow's numbers look like,' he said.
He also described the highly-contagious Indian Delta variant as 'the new enemy'.
Angry protesters swamp Melbourne CBD ahead of lockdown
Victoria Police are investigating after several protesters flocked to parliament to rally against the coronavirus vaccine and the state's latest lockdown.Victoria Police is investigating after several protesters flocked to Melbourne's CBD ahead of the state's latest lockdown coming into effect.
Chief health officer Brett Sutton slammed everyone who threw a 'self-indulgent tantrum' by attending Melbourne's anti-lockdown 'super-spreader' protest on Saturday.
'It's very frustrating at this critical point in time,' he said.
Police made six arrests in the city and are hunting for a protester who allegedly threw a large bollard at a mounted officer.
The charges stemming from that protest included drug possession and refusing to provide contact details to police and at least one was charged with assaulting an emergency worker.
A further 70 demonstrators in Melbourne face fines but police believe that number will increase.
When asked if the lockdown will be extended as a result of the rally, Mr Sutton said it depends on whether new cases arise as a result.
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Once more, it's a case of deja vu all over again for repeatedly locked-down Victorians, who are asking what went wrong so rapidly.It was only on Sunday that Victoria recorded it's 11th-straight day of zero new cases and Victorians in New South Wales were being urged to hurry home.
Mr Andrews lambasted demonstrators for being 'selfish' and 'self-indulgent'.
'I do not believe [the protest] will fundamentally change things, but I would not want to be read as it sort of encouragement for people to go out there and do it,' he said.
'No one is entitled to put other people at risk.'
He said the Delta strain is the 'deadliest' variant yet and took a subtle jab at Sydney for recording hundreds of cases per day - many of which are not linked to known clusters.
Video: Daniel Andrews locks down Victoria: ‘You only get one chance to go hard’ (Sky News Australia)
About 3,500 people stormed the streets in Sydney CBD on Saturday in anti-lockdown protests, which are being labelled by health authorities as a potential 'super-spreader' event.
'If you look at Sydney, you've got hospitals full of 40 -year-olds in hospitals - protest are not a smart thing to do. They are the wrong thing to do,' he said.
Expiry of Victoria's lockdown in balance
Victoria's stay-at-home order expires midnight Tuesday but could be extended depending on data including case numbers and exposure sites.However the premier warns it is still too early to tell whether the state can avoid an extension of its current five-day lockdown.
'I cannot predict whether it will have a material impact or not, but I think will take some comfort from the fact that our cases are linked, it has not got out of control, is not gone wild, because I could take traces and Victorians are data fantastic job.'
Mr Sutton said 'several' of the state's 179 cases are in hospital, two are in intensive care and one is on a ventilator.
All fresh cases recorded on Sunday were in quarantine throughout their period of infection, and they are all linked to current outbreaks.
Victoria managed to administer 17,370 vaccine doses in the 24 hours to Sunday, with 32,385 virus tests conducted for the same period.
The state recorded 12 new locally acquired cases on Saturday, 10 of them in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period and also all linked to current outbreaks.
The numbers continue an encouraging downward trend in new diagnoses after 14 cases were reported on Friday and 26 on Thursday.
Prof Sutton introduced a new travel designation for NSW late on Friday, making the whole state an 'extreme risk zone' backdated to July 9.
How long will Victoria's COVID-19 lockdown run? Here are three key issues
Daniel Andrews is expected to let Victorians know how much longer they'll have to spend in lockdown later today. That decision will be based on three key factors: the number of cases, the chains of transmission and the number of mystery cases.But he didn't tell us how long it would be extended.
This makes it difficult for Victorians in NSW to come home unless they get a rare exemption or have a Specified Worker Permit.
'It's very strict in terms of the movement of people across the border,' he said.
Asked on Saturday whether Victoria could expect an easing of its own restrictions on Tuesday, as scheduled, Prof Sutton said the signs were positive but he declined to commit to it.
Health Minister Martin Foley insists the risk designation of NSW is a natural progression of attempts to protect Victoria and not to do with Premier Daniel Andrews' call for a 'ring of steel' blockade around Sydney.
He also moved on Saturday to hose down the idea of tensions with NSW over a lack of willingness to redirect vaccines to Sydney's virus-ridden suburbs.
Mr Foley said Victoria and other states had 'legitimate demands' on scarce vaccines for July and August which had already been allocated to them based on population.
However he welcomed recent reports of spare Pfizer doses in the national stockpile and said he'd be happy for those to be sent to NSW.
Meanwhile an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Saturday was brought to a violent end as police used pepper spray to clear the crowd.
Thousands of protesters of all ages chanted 'freedom' as they gathered outside Victoria's Parliament House.
'We can all argue the merits or otherwise of various approaches to managing transmission, but let's not pretend that 'marching for freedom' will actually deliver the precious freedom that we all need and desire,' Prof Sutton later tweeted.
As of Saturday, more than 22,000 Victorians were listed as primary close contacts isolating at home, while about 2500 MCG contacts were preparing to be released from 14 days of confinement.
Victoria records another 10 Covid-19 cases .
The fresh cases were reported by state health authorities on Tuesday morning, but all were in isolation throughout their infectious period. While public health orders set to ease from 11.59pm tonight, a host of tough restrictions will remain to try and stop the spread.The details were hashed out in a meeting late on Monday night, with officials agreeing to get rid of the 5km travel rule and reopen schools, shops and gyms.Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to make a formal announcement at midday today. © Provided by Daily Mail ( VICTORIA'S NEW RESTRICTIONS AFTER LOCKDOWN ENDS ON TUESDAY AT 11.