Victoria records 114 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths

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Victoria records 114 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths – but Daniel Andrews says it’s STILL ‘just a little too early’ to ease up the state’s draconian lockdowns

  • Victoria has reported 114 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths on Sunday
  • Figure comes day after state recorded less than 100 cases in two months 
  • Premier Daniel Andrews urged Victorians to persevere with strict lockdown
  • He said returning to normal would be based on science and data and evidence 

Victoria has recorded 114 new coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths. 

The figures, confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday, bring the state’s toll from the virus to 524 and the national total to 611. 

The figure comes a day after the state recorded 94 new cases – the first time cases have dipped below the three figure mark since July 5. 

Premier Daniel Andrews urged Victorians on Saturday to persevere with strict lockdowns as daily coronavirus infections drop into double digits. 

Victoria has recorded 114 new coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths (pictured, a Melbourne resident walks her dog on Saturday)

The figures, confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday, bring the state's toll from the virus to 524 and the national total to 611 (pictured, residents wearing face masks go for a walk in Melbourne on Saturday)

The figures, confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday, bring the state’s toll from the virus to 524 and the national total to 611 (pictured, residents wearing face masks go for a walk in Melbourne on Saturday)

The figure comes a day after the state recorded 94 new cases - the first time cases have dipped below the three figure mark since July 5

The figure comes a day after the state recorded 94 new cases – the first time cases have dipped below the three figure mark since July 5 

‘Absolutely, this strategy is working,’ Mr Andrews told reporters.

‘We’ve all just got to find a way to stay the course.’ 

Melburnians are subject to another fortnight of strict stage four restrictions including an 8pm to 5am curfew and Mr Andrews said the benefits from the first four weeks are starting to show.

Regional Victorians are under slightly less strict stage three restrictions for the same period.

Mr Andrews was cautious about rushing to a return to normal, saying the path back to normality will be based on ‘science and data and evidence’.

One of the first issues to be addressed when restrictions ease could be people living alone who have gone weeks with little human interaction.

‘We want to try and support them and indeed every Victorian, with a clear, dedicated, logical but also meaningful plan for opening up, but it is just a little too early,’ Mr Andrews said.

Restrictions across Melbourne are due to expire on September 13 but will be reduced gradually rather than removed completely.

Health officials have indicated that recommendations for face masks could remain in place for several more months.

Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) urged Victorians on Saturday to persevere with strict lockdowns as daily coronavirus infections drop into double digits

Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) urged Victorians on Saturday to persevere with strict lockdowns as daily coronavirus infections drop into double digits

Mr Andrews was cautious about rushing to a return to normal, saying the path back to normality will be based on 'science and data and evidence' (pictured, Melburnians enjoy the Spring sunshine on Saturday)

Mr Andrews was cautious about rushing to a return to normal, saying the path back to normality will be based on ‘science and data and evidence’ (pictured, Melburnians enjoy the Spring sunshine on Saturday)

Aged care facilities remained a concern, with 1305 active cases in the sector. Sixteen of the latest 18 deaths were linked to aged care.

Breaches of restrictions remain a problem, with police handing out 195 fines in the 24 hours to Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, a potential solution to the political impasse on the government’s desire to extend the state of emergency beyond September 13 could be close.

Victorian upper house MP Fiona Patten said on Saturday she can get the support to make a deal with the government for a sixth-month extension of the state of emergency.

The leader of the Reason Party said in a statement on Saturday that in her proposal, the government would get an extension of powers enabling it to write and pass COVID-19-specific laws until March, not the 12 months it is after.

Health officials have indicated that recommendations for face masks could remain in place for several more months (pictured, a Melburnian sits out in the sun on Saturday)

Health officials have indicated that recommendations for face masks could remain in place for several more months (pictured, a Melburnian sits out in the sun on Saturday)

The government would have to brief minor parties and independents once every month, justifying the continuation of the state of emergency.

If the government wants to extend the powers beyond March, it will have to come back to parliament to argue for it again.

‘This is a fair arrangement that I believe could gain support of several of my colleagues and pass the parliament – only by a small margin though,’ Ms Patten said.

A spokesman for Premier Daniel Andrews said on Saturday evening no deal had been struck.

Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien wants the parliament to sit every month during the state of emergency to determine whether the powers are justified. 

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