Victoria’s roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown hammered

A protester punches police officers in Melbourne on Saturday during an anti-lockdown rally that featured numerous arrests

A protester punches police officers in Melbourne on Saturday during an anti-lockdown rally that featured numerous arrests

The state's total death toll stands at over 660, while the total number of confirmed cases has surpassed 19,500.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced Sunday that stage 4 restrictions would remain in place until September 28, with only a slight easing of restrictions until October.

The Federal Government has previously been critical of Victoria's handling of COVID-19, and Mr Morrison had demanded Mr Andrews set out a path to lifting restrictions.

Premier Andrews has defended his four step plan and said opening Victoria up too soon could trigger a third wave.

It is wicked in many ways."The last step will come into effect from November 23, if Victoria goes 14 days with no new cases, allowing public gatherings of up to 50 people and 20 home visitors at a time".

'If you open up at that level you are not open for long, ' he said.

Starting from 11.59pm on Sept 13, some stage four restrictions will begin easing in Melbourne, with the nightly curfew starting at 9pm instead of 8pm.

People living alone will also be able to nominate a friend or family member who can visit, while two hours of daily exercise will be allowed, including social interactions such as picnics in parks or reading books at the beach.

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She said it seemed "quite targeted" between "one group of boys against another" and they were using a lot of racial slurs. West Midlands Mayor Andy Street urged people "to not speculate about the incident" and to "remain calm but vigilant".

At the same time, the curfew would be lifted, there would be no limits on leaving home, outdoor gatherings could increase to 10, homes would be able to have five visitors, and some adult non-contact sports could resume.

Today's new cases numbers are the fewest recorded in the state since June 26, when 40 cases were reported.

But employers and business groups have condemned the state's "catastrophic" plan and warned Victoria will be an economic basket case for years.

'We can't run out of lockdown.

The first changes, which take effect from September 14, include a lengthening of permitted outdoor exercise time to two hours, and an allowance for two people or a household to meet outside.

"But if you look at the Victorian figures, they have still got huge numbers of undefined cases".

"People are with us and they don't want to be put at risk", he said.

Australia's coronavirus hot spot state of Victoria yesterday extended a hard lockdown in its capital Melbourne by two weeks to the end of this month as infection rates have declined more slowly than hoped.

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