Victoria has reported 116 new cases of coronavirus and 15 deaths as Daniel Andrews announced that his government would try to amend legislation in order to prolong the state of emergency in Victoria by another 12 months.
Under the state’s Public Health and Wellbeing Act, a state of emergency can be proclaimed only for a six-month consecutive period.
The Chief Health Officer is allowed to render legal enforceable orders during the state of emergency in order to protect public safety, such as evacuation laws, mask wearing and physical distancing.
Mr Andrews said while the current state of emergency was scheduled to end on September 13, it was clear that much beyond that time would be required.
“Whilst we’d all love this to be over by the 13th of September, which is when the Act says the state of emergency must end, that simply won’t be the case,” he said.
Mr Andrews said the fifteen deaths recorded overnight were men and women aged 80s and older, all linked to outbreaks in the home of old-age care.
The increase of 116 new cases today follows 208 new cases on Sunday, and 182 on Saturday.
This is the lowest daily rise in cases since July 5, when there have been 74 new cases registered.