Victoria records 300 new COVID-19 infections, six deaths

As flagged earlier, Victoria has officially recorded another 300 COVID-19 infections, down from 403 yesterday:

206 Victorians are now in hospital with a record six deaths also registered overnight.

NSW recorded only seven new cases overnight.

Victoria now has 3,904 active COVID-19 cases, 96% of the nation’s total:

Since the pandemic began, Victoria has recorded a total of 7,405 COVID-19 cases, with the curve remaining frightening:

With NSW’s curve steepening, treasurer Dominic Perrottet has vowed the state will not head into a second lockdown:

Mr Perrottet said the state could not afford to return to a lockdown scenario similar to Victoria.

“I’ll do everything in my power to ensure that [a second lockdown] doesn’t happen,” he told 2GB radio on Friday morning.

“We can’t afford the cure to be worse than the disease. There’s a lot of businesses out there who are doing it tough.”

In doing so, Perrottet has effectively painted himself into a corner and sent the wrong message to residents.

Perrottet should instead have stated that if Sydneysiders don’t take social distancing seriously, he may be forced to implement another lockdown.

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