World News – UA – ‘WE MUST WAIT’: Hopes have been dashed as Andrews delays easing of Melbourne’s COVID restrictions


Metropolis of Melbourne will not move to the next phase of a roadmap outside of coronavirus restrictions on Sunday, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced

He said a « cautious pause » had been implemented on any changes and announcements were pushed back to Monday or Tuesday

All subsequent edits were based on these results, with Andrews responding to reporters, simply saying « we only have one chance »

« This is nothing but a careful pause, to wait to get this important information, to get the results of these tests, » he said

Seven new cases of COVID were reported by the Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday morning

Andrews said six of them were linked to the northern suburbs outbreak and the rest were diagnosed with a healthcare worker

« We just have to wait for these large samples to be processed in laboratories, just to rule out the possibility of widespread community transmission in the northern suburbs, » he said

Victoria’s test system commander Jeroen Weimar said labs were working around the clock to process tests

“We were doing tests until 10pm last night and most of the labs are running 24/7,” he said

« As we sit here right now, we have cases going through the labs and the results will be coming in all day »

He said that « the only thing that will speed up the roadmap » are people showing up for testing

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the decision not to reopen indicates a lack of confidence in the state’s contact tracing system

« I think a further delay in Victoria would be deeply disappointing and deeply concerning, » he told reporters minutes before Andrews appeared to the media

« For the health and sanity of the Victorians, unless there is no confidence in the contact tracing system, there is no reason not to move to the next level »

Update from Dan Andrews

World news – AU – ‘WE MUST WAIT’: Hopes have been dashed as Andrews delays easing of Melbourne’s COVID restrictions



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