‘We’re in the last quarter of a game’: Experts urge Victoria to stay the course

Premier Daniel Andrews has been urged not to bow to pressure when easing coronavirus restrictions as the falling daily infection rate leads to growing calls for the government to bring forward its road map.

Victoria can avoid repeating the mistakes it made at the end of the first wave of the pandemic by solely focusing on the infection rate – not dates – when guiding the state out of the lockdown, according to leading public health experts.

Premier Daniel Andrews said Monday was a “great” day as he reported a continuing declining in daily coronavirus numbers. Credit:Justin McManus

Industry groups, the Victorian opposition and the Prime Minister have argued for some of the most stringent restrictions in Melbourne to be lifted sooner than planned as a result of falling daily coronavirus case numbers.

Victoria recorded 11 new cases on Monday, its lowest daily rise since June 16 when there were nine cases. However, the daily total was revised to nine after two cases were classified.

State Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien on Monday said the Premier needed to "change course" and reopen the economy, while Mr Andrews has continued to raise hopes restrictions could be eased sooner than expected with Melbourne's 14-day average continuing to plunge.

Opposition leader Michael O’Brien says the Premier “needs to change course” and reopen Victoria. Credit:Darrian Traynor

"Victorians can't afford to wait until the end of October to start getting our lives back, to start getting our kids back to school. These numbers dictate a faster, safer reopening.

"The epidemiologists, the modelling backs it. Daniel Andrews needs to start listening to the experts and stop being a one-man show."

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