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Daniel Andrews: ‘We will beat this second wave’
Victoria’s premier, Daniel Andrews, is giving details of the state’s 14 new cases reported today and says the state “will beat this second wave”.
Six of the cases are in a known cluster, eight are being investigated and four are under investigation. Two of the new cases are due to a reclassification.
But he’s now getting to the part all Melbourne people want to hear. Will restrictions be lifted next Sunday and by how much?
The tail of this second wave was always going to be stubborn and that is exactly the way it is panning out.
I think it unlikely that we will be able to move as fast as we would like to have done next Sunday. I think it is unlikely that we will be able to take as eager steps as we would have hoped to take next Sunday – big steps.
But he says there will be some steps taken next Sunday “but they have to be safe” and he will be talking with his health advisors this weekend to work out what they could be.
We will beat this second wave but we have got to do it properly. There is no shortcuts here otherwise we will have literally five minutes of sunshine and will be pin bowling back and forth in and out of restrictions all summer and all 2021.
Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews is about to stand up for a press conference – his 100th consecutive day fronting up to reporters.
France struggles to contain virus spread as Europe spikes
France is now experiencing a sharp rise in cases and is one of several countries in Europe struggling to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Reuters reports new infections in France jumped more than 20,000 in one day for the first time. This from the news agency.
The country’s ministry reported 20,330 new infections, taking the cumulative total to 691,977 since the start of the year.
In the past two days the ministry had reported more than 18,000 daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases.
On Thursday, France’s health minister said that Lyon – the country’s third-biggest city – and three other cities will have to close their bars in coming days, as Paris and Marseille have done, in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.
The number of deaths from the virus increased by 109 to 32,630, the most in a week but below highs of around 150 seen earlier this month.
The death toll figures can be skewed as the ministry often reports several days of senior citizen residence data in one batch.
The number of people in hospital jumped by another 240 to 7,864 nationwide and the number of people in intensive care units – the best measure of a health system’s ability to deal with the epidemic -rose by 21 to 1,448.
At the height of the crisis in early April, more than 7,000 people were in intensive care with COVID.
Good morning, evening or afternoon. Graham Readfearn here in Brisbane, Australia with our continued live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Over the coming hours (and they never stop coming) we’ll be giving you the latest news from Australia and keeping you up-to-date with developments from around the globe.
Where are we at? A quick summary of global developments from the last 12 hours or so first, which has delivered some sobering numbers.
- The number of new coronavirus infections in France jumped more than 20,000 in one day for the first time since the start of the epidemic, health ministry data showed on Friday.
- In the US, the next presidential debate on Thursday has been cancelled, the Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed. It comes after a public disagreement between the two candidates over the debate’s format. Trump is planning to hold two in-person events over the next few days, his first since his Covid-19 diagnosis last week. The president will address the crowd from a White House balcony on Saturday about “law and order” and will attend a rally in Florida on Monday. He’s also expected to make an appearance on Fox News in the next hour or so.
- Europe reported more than 100,000 new cases for the first time. UK, Russia, Spain, France and Italy are among the countries with rising case numbers.
- The WHO reported more than 350,000 new Covid-19 infections on Friday – a new record high for daily case numbers. The UN agency reported there had been 36,361,054 cases and 1,056,186 deaths from the disease around the world.
- In the UK, the Press Association says prime minister Boris Johnson will announce new restrictions there on Monday that could see pubs and restaurants close across the north of England.
- Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau says the country is at a “tipping point” as new government modelling suggests cumulative deaths could be as high as 9,800 by 17 October.
Now for Australia.
- Victoria announced a further 14 cases but no deaths on Saturday morning, raising its 14-day rolling average from 9.4 yesterday to 9.5. Melbourne needs it to drop below five for the current hard lockdown rules to be eased.
- Victorian premier Daniel Andrews is expected to stand up for a media conference for the 100th consecutive day.
- NSW health authorities issued health alerts late Friday after a casual nurse who had worked a single-shift delivering care to a single patient at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney tested positive.
- People who had visited specific locations in Palm Beach, Eastwood and Parramatta at certain times should monitor for symptoms, health authorities in NSW said.
- In NSW, that state recorded five new local cases on Friday but these were all linked to a known cluster.
- Queensland reported one new case of a man in his 20s who was in day 10 of hotel quarantine.
- In Townsville, tests on wastewater have delivered a positive result, but there have been no reported cases of the virus there “in months”, the state’s chief health officer Jeanette Young said on Saturday morning.
Source: The Guardian
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