Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says it is a “remarkable achievement” that the state has recorded just one new coronavirus infection and no deaths.
- The one new case is linked to a known outbreak
- Brett Sutton said the result was remarkable but it was just one day
- Premer Daniel Andrews expressed frustration about the arrival in Melbourne of 17 travellers from New Zealand as part of the travel bubble
Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day rolling case average is now 8.1, down from 8.7 yesterday.
Regional Victoria’s rolling average has also dropped slightly, from 0.6 yesterday to 0.5.
The two-week total of cases with an unknown source, or “mystery” cases, remains at 17 in Melbourne.
No new mystery cases have been confirmed in regional Victoria, where the total remains at zero.
The number of active cases in Victoria has fallen to 148 and the one new cases is linked to a known outbreak.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said 18,934 people got tested on Friday and testing was the key to lifting restrictions.
Mr Andrews is expected to announce some new measures on restrictions on Sunday.
“That allows us to stop the spread of this virus, protect you and your family,” he said.
“It allows us to have the most complete picture of this virus and take the safe and steady steps to open up, which I know everyone is yearning for.”
Victoria waiting for travel cards for passengers
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the numbers today are “a remarkable achievement”.
“We live in hope. The numbers of today are just one number. One additional case. It is a remarkable achievement,” he said.
Mr Andrews has written to the Prime Minister about the arrival of 17 passengers from New Zealand, who flew first to Sydney then on to Melbourne on Friday night, as part of the New Zealand travel bubble.
Victoria is not taking any international travellers at the moment and Mr Andrews said his Government had absolutely no power to detain the passengers, who are believed to be still in Victoria.
The Victorian Government is waiting to get the passenger’s arrival cards from the Australian Border Force.
Mr Andrews said 5,796 people have been tested at Shepparton, in northern Victoria, and over 400 contacts and close contacts are self-isolating
“I want to thank everybody who has come forward and got tested. Thank you to everybody who is at home isolating, doing the right thing to protect every family across the community and across the state,” he said.
“I am told there is only a few hundred results to come back and they likely will be reported in tomorrow’s test results. That is again impressive,” he said.
The Premier again refused to reveal what specific changes would be announced tomorrow.
However, he did say the changes would be “much more in the social space than in the economic space”.
Mr Andrews also said the hard border between Melbourne and regional Victoria would not be lifted yet.
Greg Hunt’s ‘not an epidemiologist’
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Twitter that Victoria had met all of the targets set out and it should now move to ease restrictions in line with those in New South Wales.
Professor Sutton said Victoria was “not in an equivalent position” to New South Wales, which had a 14-day rolling average of under four.
“We are at eight today,” he said.
“Mr Hunt’s not an epidemiologist.
“There’s no question the stakes in this are enormous and the consequences of not being able to hold it back if you’re lifting too early has already played out in Victoria.”
Mr Andrews said if Mr Hunt was suggesting the lockdown was going to be kept in place because Victorians are enjoying it “it’s just wrong”.
He said he would not be “pressured” to engage a political exercise.
“I will boldly predict that whatever I stand up here tomorrow and announce, there will be members of that Federal Government, some who are from Victoria, but I don’t think they’re for Victoria, who will be out there saying ‘it is not enough, you should have done more’,” he said.
“Whilst people are entitled to different views, some people should reflect on the fact that they are in fact a Health Minister and that actually requires a certain standard, I would have thought.”