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Australia's coronavirus hotspot records single case

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By Lidia Kelly

Australia's coronavirus hotspot of Victoria recorded a single case of the disease on Saturday - the lowest daily number since early June - and no deaths, with the state's top health official saying the figures were "one-der-ful".

Victoria's capital Melbourne, which has been the epicenter of the country's COVID-19 outbreak, is in its third month of a stringent lockdown and Premier Daniel Andrews is due to update plans to ease restrictions across the state on Sunday.

"We live in hope," Brett Sutton, Victoria's chief health officer, said at a televised news conference. Earlier, when the coronavirus numbers were released, he said on his Twitter account: "One. One-der-ful."

The federal government has been increasingly putting pressure on Andrews to reopen the city and the state, with Health Minister Greg Hunt saying on Twitter on Saturday that it was time to ease.

"The epidemiological conditions for a Covid Safe reopening of hospitality, movement & family reunions among others, have now been firmly met," Hunt said.

But Andrews, whose Labor Party government is in opposition to the conservative Liberal Party at the helm of the federal government, said he would not get pressured."No one should be suggesting that .. (we) are keeping the restrictions on any longer than they need to be," Andrews told the news conference. "We aren't going to risk everything that Victorians have sacrificed."

Victoria state officials have said they would ease restrictions when the average for new daily cases over a two-week window falls below five. On Saturday, the 14-day day rolling case average was 8.1, down from 8.7 in the previous day.

In neighboring New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, there were seven new cases of COVID-19, five of which locally acquired and most linked to an outbreak at a childcare center.

Meanwhile, 17 travelers of the hundreds who flew from New Zealand to Sydney on Friday as part of a new trans-Tasman travel bubble, traveled later to Melbourne, which is not part of the bubble, and were being sought by health authorities, officials in Victoria said.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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These are the figures on Melbourne's Stage 4 lockdown.

On August 7th, a few days after the lockdown was introduced, there were 6,776 active cases (and rising) with a record of 725 new cases in a single day.

By mid-October, there were only 942 active cases.

Today in Victoria, there are 148 active cases. There are 14 patients in hospital, no patients on ventilators, no patients in ICUs.

The Andrews Government screwed up on quarantine. Unlike so many other Governments worldwide whose responses have been far worse than anything seen in Australia, the Andrews Government looks to have gone a long, long way towards fixing its mistakes. If things go awry from here, it's going to be the people who don't take Covid-19 seriously who'll screw it up, not the Government.

The lockdown has worked. It's put us in a position to ease the lockdown, and find a new Covid-normal.

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so where are the lockdowns dont work trolls?

they clearly do, while it highly unlikely that itll stop covid19 completely , it give hospitals and authorities time to prepare and better respond to any flare ups, until a vaccine is found

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@wtfjapan,

But was it worth it, or even necessary?

Japan's current situation would point towards locking down being unnecessary.Europe would indicate they only buy time not solve the problem.

New Zealand would indicate they are great if you keep borders closed.

The rest of Australia would suggest the lockdown could have ended a lot sooner.

Melbourne indicates they reduce numbers but at huge financial and social costs. Already it's cost the economy at least nine billion aud. And there is a lot of public anger.

The pm for one thinks the lockdown went on too long.

Personally, I hope nobody has to experience being house arrest for three months ever again.

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The rest of Australia would suggest the lockdown could have ended a lot sooner.

Wrong. All States closed borders and kept numbers low right from the start.

Melbourne indicates they reduce numbers but at huge financial and social costs. Already it's cost the economy at least nine billion aud. And there is a lot of public anger.

There is a big financial cost regardless of being in lock down or not. That has been shown around the world.

There is not much anger in Melbourne at all. Most are grateful the lock down is coming to an end but realize it was absolutely necessary.

To conclude as a citizen of Melbourne, it had been both worth it and necessary.

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Peter

The rest of the country didn't lockdown like melbourne, even the pm has been calling for restrictions to be lifted sooner.

Melbourne's financial situation is far worse than the rest of oz.

And to conclude dictator dan will be voted out, if you think otherwise I am willing to bet you however much you want.

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The rest of the country didn't lockdown like melbourne,

The rest of the country didn't have a problem like Melbourne. Have you really not understood that yet?

Melbourne's financial situation is far worse than the rest of oz.

See above

And to conclude dictator dan will be voted out

Dictator Dan, jeez. Why don't we just read the Murdoch media and cut out the middle man?

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If you are happy with your prison good for you.

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If you are happy with your prison good for you.

If people with your opinions were in charge here, we'd have had tens of thousands of infections and ten thousand deaths. You posted once that you're glad you don't iive here in Australia. I heartily concur.

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