Victorian recovery roadmap to be released on Sunday

Victorian recovery roadmap to be released on Sunday

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) has described a recently leaked roadmap to recovery blueprint as "out of date" and clarified an updated plan will be announced on Sunday, 6 September.

The leaked documents revealed by the Herald Sun signalled an extension of Stage 4 lockdown restrictions for two weeks, followed by an easing from 28 September.

The publication reported that blueprint also entailed changes from 14 September whereby single people could have one visitor at their homes and limited outdoor gatherings would be allowed.

But Premier Andrews said these documents have no status.

"We will on Sunday give people a clear roadmap with as much detail and as much certainty as we can possibly provide," he told a press conference this morning.

"It won't be guided simply by dates on the calendar though. It'll be guided by the science and the data; it'll be guided by how many cases there are in Victoria, and the types of cases.

"There is an enormous amount of modelling going on at the moment. That does take quite some time - literally thousands of scenarios are run through various computers and processors."

The state reported new daily cases above the 100-mark again today at 114 and 15 lives lost.

The Premier emphasised the easing of restrictions would need to be done in a safe way, reiterating that if everything opens up too quickly the COVID-19 case numbers will explode and authorities will have "no sense of control whatsoever".

"It's not something that occurs from the 14th of September. It's not an instant thing...we have to find a COVID-19 normal and lock that in with the aim of those settings remaining in place for 2021, or indeed until we receive a vaccine," he said.

"I know everyone wants to open up tomorrow. I understand that, but if we were to do that these numbers will explode, and we will have a couple of weeks of sunshine and we will be back most likely in an even worse position than we were four or five weeks ago."

Updated at 10:41am AEST on 3 September 2020.

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