Victorians hit out at Daniel Andrews after reporting today that Melbourne will see no relaxation of restrictions despite meeting the goal for the virus.
Victorians took Twitter to call the Premier’s decision to withhold a “huge kick in the guts” and “beyond a joke” from the announcements.
Metropolitan Melbourne has intended to further relax the restrictions on hospitality and shopping, with the city’s 14-day total number of virus cases dipping to below five today.
But today, the Mr Andrews has dashed expectations of lifting controls, announcing that the government will postpone further decisions, pending further test findings linked to an outbreak in the northern suburbs.
He said that no further rollbacks would be reported until Tuesday at the earliest.
“No changes to metro restrictions. This is a huge kick in the guts after constant talk of significant announcements on Sunday. This bloody never-ending year,” 10 News reporter Emma O’Sullivan said on Twitter.
“This is beyond a joke,” 7 News journalist Joel Crean wrote on Twitter.
“On Sunday we were told 2 Nov. Wednesday we were told that would be brought forward, announced Sunday. Today the carrot is dangled again. WE ARE DONE @DanielAndrewsMP … ENOUGH!”
“Ugh dear Melbourne,” former Greens Senator Scott Ludlam wrote. “Hang in there you’re so close to beating this thing.”
Vic has met the under 5 threshold which some thought was unachievable. This was a very cautious target. 6/7 of new cases are related to a known outbreak so the risk is manageable. The set reopening is gradual & safe so any delay is unnecessary. It’s paralysis in decision-making.
— Jenny Mikakos #StayHomeSaveLives (@JennyMikakos) October 24, 2020
“We had hoped today to be able to announce that metropolitan Melbourne would take significant steps, not from today but from mid week, round retail, hospitality and a whole range of other, important next steps,” Mr Andrews said.
“We are not in a position to do that today because we have at least 1000 test results from that Northern Metropolitan outbreak that are in the labs.
“We will get those today, probably the balance of them tomorrow, and they will be additional testing conducted throughout the day.
“This is not anything other than a cautious pause, to wait to get that important information, to get the results of those tests. Just to rule out whether there are, whether there is more virus there than we think.
“Ultimately, if we can link these cases together, if we can link different outbreaks, then we have confidence that we have contained it and we can move forward. This is not a setback.
“It is simply waiting and being led by the data, being led by the science, and following public health advice. That is what has seen these numbers go from thousands of active cases to now, 100 active cases. That is the approach that has seen us go from 700 plus cases per day to seven cases.
“This is the strategy, it is working, but it is appropriate just to be doubly sure that there is not more virus out there in the northern suburbs then we think.”