Victoria records 148 new coronavirus cases and another eight deaths as pressure mounts on Dan Andrews to end the lockdown
- Victoria recorded 148 new cases of the virus and eight more deaths on Tuesday
- The toll is lowest in a day since August 15, when there were four deaths
- The deadly respiratory virus has claimed 423 lives in Victoria since the pandemic began
- The Prime Minister then stated that the state of emergency would last for 18 months
Victoria has recorded 148 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths as pressure mounts to ease Prime Minister Daniel Andrews' draconian fourth-tier lockdown.
The daily death toll is the lowest since August 15, when there were only four deaths.
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services announcement Tuesday brings the number of deaths from the virus in the state to 423.
The Prime Minister will provide more details on cases and deaths confirmed in Victoria over the past 24 hours later that day.
Victoria has recorded 148 new cases of COVID-19 and only eight deaths as pressure continues to mount on Daniel Andrews & # 39; draconian fourth-stage lockdown. Pictured are masked pedestrians walking near Melbourne's Tan Lane on Monday
The daily death toll announced on Tuesday is the lowest in Victoria since August 15, when there were only four deaths
Mr Andrews said Monday that the Victorian state of emergency would last for 18 months and lockdown restrictions would be extended beyond September.
This is despite the lowest increase in COVID-19 infections in seven weeks, with 116 new cases on Monday.
Mr Andrews said the state could not afford to lower restrictions and would extend the state of emergency to 18 months in September to give the government the power to impose further lockdown restrictions.
"It is not an unlimited extension, it is nothing more than a realization that this virus will not be over by September 30th," the Prime Minister said.
"I wouldn't love anything if there weren't any rules required on September 14th, but I don't think that's the reality."
Furious former Victorian Prime Minister Jeff Kennett accused Mr. Andrews on Monday of exercising "dictatorial powers" after the ruling extended Victoria's state of emergency to the next year.
Mr. Kennett, who was Liberal Prime Minister between 1992 and 1999 and widely recognized for reshaping the state economy, violently attacked the incumbent Labor President, accusing him of "destroying" Victoria.
A police officer speaks to a man wearing a face mask on Chapel Street in downtown Melbourne on Monday
A health worker is doing COVID-19 tests at a transit clinic in Ballarat, Victoria regional area, Friday
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has been dubbed a "megalomaniac" after announcing that he would be extending a month of tough bans, reducing the daily rate of new infections from more than 700 on July 30 to 113 on Monday
"The prime minister said today he can maintain the state of emergency until we have a vaccine – we could never have a vaccine," Kennett told Sky News.
“Are we all going to be locked up at the Prime Minister's whim? Without checks and balances?
"This is an act of megalomania."
There's more to come