Coronavirus Victoria: Cases remain below 15, deaths spike

Grant Boone
September 26, 2020

In his daily press briefing, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews continued to dangle the carrot of a greater easing of restrictions in Melbourne with numbers dropping "ahead of schedule".

Her resignation is effective as of Saturday, and she would also be resigning from Parliament.

Victoria recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a 90% drop on the number of new cases reported at the same point in August (142 new cases).

It's the highest daily death count since September 17, bringing the state's death toll to 781.

In her one-page statement, she said the premier's comments led her to believe she couldn't continue serving in his cabinet.

She said history would "determine" whether the course of events could have had a different outcome, however added that she was disappointed her "integrity was sought to be undermined".

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The Throne Speech will kick off a series of confidence votes for the minority Trudeau government in the next few days. Ruff, himself retired from the Canadian Armed Forces, was also hoping to see more help for the country's veterans.

The inquiry has so far heard that 99 per cent of the more than 18,000 COVID-19 cases since May can be traced back to outbreaks at the Rydges on Swanston and the Stamford Plaza in Melbourne, housing returned travellers.

In her letter she assumed responsibility for all issues of concern with the health department, however she said there were matters she had not been briefed on.

The regional average is now 0.8.

But the low case figures recorded consistently across this week means Melbourne's crucial 14-day average remains firmly below 30, standing at 25.1.

That step will allow childcare to reopen, schools to begin a staged return to classrooms and outdoor gatherings of up to five people from two households.

Small anti-lockdown rallies have happened every weekend for weeks, resulting in multiple arrests and hefty fines.

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