Victoria’s State of Emergency is extended for another four weeks after 16 deaths and 279 new coronavirus cases – as Daniel Andrews refuses to reveal when the lockdown will ease
- The deaths take the total number nationally to 395 and the toll in Victoria to 309
- The State of Emergency will remain in place until 11:59pm Sunday September 13
- Premier Daniel Andrews said he’s ‘cautiously optimistic’ restrictions are working
- 4732 Victorians caught influenza this year, compared to 47,180 this time last year
- It’s likely the drop in flu cases was sparked by social distancing measures
Victoria recorded 16 deaths and 279 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday as the State of Emergency is extended for another month.
Eleven cases were linked to aged care facilities, and there are now 2075 active infections in aged care, Premier Daniel Andrews said.
The deaths take the total number nationally to 395 and the toll in Victoria to 309.
Victoria’s State of Emergency will remain in place until 11:59pm on Sunday September 13.
Andrews refused to reveal when Melbourne’s draconian stage four lockdown would be lifted, but said he is ‘cautiously optimistic’ that restrictions are working.
Premier Daniel Andrews refused to reveal when Melbourne’s draconian stage four lockdown would be lifted, but said he is ‘cautiously optimistic’ that restrictions are working
It’s likely the sudden drop in flu cases was sparked by social distancing measures and face masks stopping the spread. Pictured: the Geelong Waterfront in regional Victoria
‘I think it is too early to provide an affirmative picture,’ he told reporters during a press conference on Sunday morning.
‘We have to wait and see what tomorrow’s numbers are. On my part at least, there is a cautious optimism and a sense of real hope that this strategy is working at the we are seeing numbers fall.
‘You have structures and rules that work at a macro level but ultimately, those rules are only as good as the many millions of individual choices and decisions that individuals make everyday.’
Meanwhile, the state has seen an 85 per cent decrease in the number of flu cases this year due to Melbourne’s draconian stage four lockdown.
Only 4732 Victorians have contracted influenza this year, compared to 47,180 at the same time last year, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed.
It’s likely the sudden drop in flu cases was sparked by social distancing measures and face masks stopping the spread.
An extra 200,000 flu vaccines were distributed across the state this year, while the Federal Government handed out more than two million doses of the flu jab in Victoria to date.
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the drop in flu cases was a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘After a horror flu season last year this is good news and we hope these numbers continue to stay low as Victorians follow the current restrictions in place and stay home,’ Ms Mikakos said.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on the best medical advice he had received, Victoria is on a path to progressive reduction.
Victoria has been in a state of emergency since March 16, 2020.
This is a declaration that is made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, where there is a serious risk to public health.
The Act grants powers for the Chief Health Officer. These include the power to quarantine people, prohibit mass gatherings and impose other restrictions on the movement of people.
‘There is a long way to go. There will be good days, there will be bad days. There will be days when the numbers are up and days when the numbers are down,’ he told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program.
‘But the signs now are that the trend is of progressive reduction.’
He said the most important thing now is contact tracing to make sure each new case in Victoria is followed up.
Mr Hunt also said the government is in advanced negotiations with a range of different companies with regards to a vaccine.
‘I am now on the basis of our best advice genuinely more optimistic, I think the work is moving closer to a vaccine.’
‘All our advice has been 2021 is the most likely anything that occur. Before then, then that would be an outstanding result, not just for Australia but for the world.’
About 70 per cent of Australia’s coronavirus deaths have been among aged care residents.
Only 4732 Victorians have contracted influenza this year, compared to 47,180 at the same time last year
Interestingly the flu numbers are down this year…Great news!!
But notice we still have the Flu virus around this year even with all this effort, and extreme lockdown?
What makes us think we can eliminate Coronavirus through this mandated martial law???
Why is the coronavirus any different than these other virus strains, and public diseases??