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Victoria records 28 new cases, three deaths as poll shows majority back Daniel Andrews’ coronavirus response

Victoria has recorded 28 new cases and three new deaths in the past 24 hours.

The number of new infections rose compared to previous days, where case numbers dropped below 20.

Melbourne’s 14-day case average fell to 32.8, well below the target of 50 to lift some virus restrictions from 28 September.

Just 45 cases with an unknown source were recorded in the city in the past fortnight.

It comes as a recent Newspoll found Premier Daniel Andrews’ handling of the second COVID-19 outbreak had the backing of a majority of Victorians, with nearly two-thirds of Australian voters rating the state’s lockdown as “about right.”

The poll for The Australian shows 62 per cent of Victorian voters agree the premier has managed the crisis well, despite a hotel quarantine bungle that unleashed a second wave of the virus.

Some 35 per cent of Victorians thought Mr Andrews handled the pandemic badly, according to the poll published on Tuesday.

Asked how Mr Andrews was handling his job, 62 per cent of voters were satistifed and 35 per cent were dissatisfied for a net satisfaction score of 27 per cent.

Pressure has mounted in recent days on Mr Andrews to speed up his COVID-19 roadmap following back-to-back days of low case numbers.

But the premier has yet to confirm whether Melbourne will move to its next step on Monday, which will allow a staged return to school for some students and more workplaces to reopen.

“We will have more to say about that process later in the week,” Mr Andrews said.

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Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien said Melburnians can’t afford to wait until 26 October when more onerous rules such as the 9pm-5am curfew are due to be repealed.

“These numbers dictate a faster, safer reopening,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The epidemiologists back it, the modelling backs it. Daniel Andrews needs to start listening to the experts and stop being a one-man show.”

It came as the premier claimed fining people in the Casey cluster ultimately could have cost Victoria billions of dollars.

Mr Andrews continues to defend the decision not to issue any fines over the 43-case outbreak in Melbourne’s outer southeast.

It emerged last week that some people involved in the cluster had breached lockdown rules by travelling more than 5km from home and visiting other households.

That should have meant a $1652 fine but health officials opted to withhold the penalty to aid contact tracing efforts. 

Metropolitan Melbourne residents are subject to Stage 4 restrictions and must comply with a curfew between the hours of 9pm and 5am.

During the curfew, people in Melbourne can only leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.

Between 5am and 9pm, people in Melbourne can leave the home for exercise, to shop for necessary goods and services, for work, for health care, or to care for a sick or elderly relative. The full list of restrictions can be found here.

All Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live. 

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

News and information is available in 63 languages at https://sbs.com.au/coronavirus

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