A six-week lockdown in Victoria is because of being relaxed on Sept. 13. But the state authorities have not stated how it will likely be relaxed or given any assurances that it will not be prolonged.
Australia recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic Monday as the federal government urged scorching spot Victoria state to announce its plans to raise a lockdown on the nation’s second-largest metropolis.
Victoria’s well-being division reported 41 deaths from COVID-19 and 73 new infections within the newest 24-hour interval. While the deaths have been a state and nationwide excessive, the tally of latest infections was Victoria’s lowest since 67 new instances have been recorded on June 30 within the early weeks of the second wave of the pandemic, which has primarily been concentrated within the state capital, Melbourne.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews stated solely eight of the 41 fatalities occurred within the newest 24-hour interval. The different 33 fatalities occurred in aged care since late July and have been reported on Sunday following a tightening of reporting obligations and an evaluation of earlier reporting, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton stated.
A six-week lockdown within the metropolis is because of being relaxed on Sept. 13. But the state authorities have not stated how it will likely be relaxed or given any assurances that it will not be prolonged.
Victoria has recorded greater than 19,000 infections with the coronavirus, virtually 80% of Australia’s greater than 25,000 instances, in keeping with a tally from Johns Hopkins University. The state additionally accounts for the overwhelming majority of Australia’s greater than 650 deaths.
Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stated on Monday he disagreed with the Victorian authorities that it was too early to announce plans to reopen the financial system.
“Business is very frustrated because they haven’t been told when can they open up, when can people get back to work,” Frydenberg advised Nine Network tv.
Andrews stated he would announce his authorities’ plan to reopen the financial system on Sunday, every week earlier than the six-week lockdown is scheduled to finish.
Frydenberg pointed to a Treasury Department forecast that within the subsequent three months extra individuals in Victoria will probably be receiving pandemic employment subsidies than from the remainder of Australia mixed. Australia pays employers an allowance generally known as Job Keeper to proceed to pay workers who haven’t any work to do.
Consumer spending had fallen 30% in Victoria because of the lockdown whereas spending had declined by solely 3% throughout the remainder of Australia.