Daniel Andrews says he has a lockdown ending ‘plan’ 22 times – but refuses to say what it is or when it will start
- VIC Premier Dan Andrews mentioned a plan out of lockdown 22 times on Sunday
- In a press conference, he said cases remain high but a plan will soon be devised
- Victorians flocked to social media to vent their frustration over his vague update
- Mr Andrews also said the state’s stage four restrictions will likely be extended
- It comes as Victoria recorded 114 new cases and 11 deaths overnight
Premier Dan Andrews has left Victorians outraged after speaking at length about a mysterious ‘plan’ out of lockdown without providing explicit details.
Mr Andrews mentioned the ‘plan’ 22 times during a press conference on Sunday morning, announcing the state had recorded 114 new cases and 11 deaths overnight.
‘These case numbers are too high for us to open up, and they are still too high for us to put forward a definitive plan,’ he said.
‘Now, there will be a plan. It will come soon.
Angry Victorians have flocked online to vent their frustration after Premier Dan Andrews (pictured) repeatedly referenced a ‘plan’ out of lockdown during a press conference on Sunday without providing explicit details
‘It needs to be a clear plan that we are confident we can actually deliver. And I do appreciate that it is frustrating, but a plan that is real is always much better, I think, than one that is rushed out and really doesn’t have the data sitting behind it, the evidence, the science.’
Victoria’s stage four restrictions are due to end in two weeks, but Mr Andrews indicated they will likely be extended.
Without a clear path to freedom in sight, scores of furious Melburnians flocked to social media to vent their frustration over Mr Andrews’ vague update.
‘Dan Andrews is constantly talking about “the plan” that he won’t comment on. Right. It was time to resign a long time ago. Do the honourable thing and go. Take your failed ministers with you,’ one person Tweeted.
Another wrote: ‘Same s**t different day except another 11 lives lost. Let’s deflect again and talk about kids immunisations. Is this guy for real?
Someone else said ‘no definitive plan means no plan at all’, while a woman, who said she had been a big supporter of Dan Andrews declared she ‘had about enough’.
‘Fine if the numbers are currently too high to open up. But what’s the plan? What number are we aiming for? Less than 10 cases for a week and then we go to stage 3? What is the goal? What is the plan ? Our lives and livelihoods depend on it,’ vented another.
Stage four restrictions are due to be lifted in Victoria in two weeks, but Mr Andrews has indicated they will likely be extended. A general view of Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne on Friday, which has been deserted since residents were ordered to stay home
The once-bustling Flinders Street Station was eerily quiet on Thursday night as Melburnians are subject an 8pm to 5am curfew
But others threw their support behind the embattled Premier, arguing that critics were being unduly harsh.
‘How can you have a plan when you have no idea what the general public will do? If numbers rise again, we will stay in lockdown, if they don’t, a plan is needed so we don’t keep on a roller coaster. Not easy, don’t envy those with these decisions at all,’ one person wrote.
Another added:’Yes, he mentioned a plan but gave no detail. However, surely the strategy would have to be multi-optional at this stage. Depends on where we are at come 13/9. No doubt there’s a range of options. Why release them all to the hungry pack if they never need to happen?’
One man thanked the leader for his efforts.
‘The coronavirus cases are shrinking. Thank you our great premier you took decisive action and we are seeing the benefits of your actions. It has been difficult but with the current results, I will do it again if I have to,’ he wrote.
Furious Victorians flocked to social media to share their anger over Mr Andrews mysterious references to a end-of-lockdown plan
Some speculated the Andrews government do not have a plan at all
It comes as the state recorded 114 new coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths on Sunday, with the latest victims a man in his 70s, five women and one man in their 80s and three women and one man in their 90s.
Nine of the 11 deaths are linked to outbreaks at aged care facilities.
The state’s toll from the virus is now 524, while the national figure is 611.
Mr Andrews said 382 deaths were linked to the aged care sector.
The new figures come after Saturday’s daily coronavirus dipped below 100 for the first time since July 5
Mr Andrews said while case numbers ‘will bounce around a little bit’, they were trending down.
‘We are seeing a fall across each of the key metrics and the strategy is working and that is a credit to every Victorian who has made a powerful contribution to that end,’ he said.
Melburnians are subject to another fortnight of strict stage four restrictions including an 8pm to 5am curfew.
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
Restrictions across Melbourne are due to expire on September 13 but will be reduced gradually rather than removed completely (pictured, Melburnians go out for a stroll on Saturday)
Regional Victorians are under slightly less strict stage three restrictions for the same period.
Mr Andrews said he would make announcements on Monday about how the government would collaborate with the business sector on the process to ease restrictions.
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 could get the support to make a deal with the government for a sixth-month extension of the state of emergency.
Under the Reason Party leader’s proposal, the government would get an extension of powers enabling it to write and pass COVID-19-specific laws until March, but not for 12 months.
The government would have to brief minor parties and independents once a month to justify the continuation of the state of emergency.
If the government wants to extend the powers beyond March, it will have to go back to parliament to argue for it again.
‘This is a fair arrangement that I believe could gain the support of several of my colleagues and pass the parliament – only by a small margin though,’ Ms Patten said.
Victoria’s 2830 active cases include 406 healthcare workers and 1277 in aged care.
There are 472 Victorians in hospital with coronavirus, including 25 in intensive care.
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)