Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews has shot down calls for his resignation along with questions about when the six-week lockdown will result in a reduction in case numbers.
“I would love to be able to predict the number of positive cases that we would have tomorrow,” Mr Andrews said.
“And I’d certainly love to be able to predict where we’re gonna be in six weeks’ time. That’s not the nature of this virus,” he said.
“The only thing I can predict is that the virus won’t stop. Neither will I. Neither will the team I lead.”
He was twice asked about whether he should stand down from the leadership role by journalists at today’s briefing.
“I have a job to do this. This virus doesn’t stop. Neither does me and my team,” he responded.
“Everyone is working as hard as they can, doing their very best. And I think that there’s an inquiry into a series of – a series of decisions, a series of practices, and the ultimate result – and it is appropriate that that inquiry run its course.
“In terms of the broader confidence that the Victorian community can have, I would simply say that the team is thousands and thousands of people, they are working night and day, they are following the advice of the experts, and with the support of the Victorian community we will – we will beat this thing.”
The state has recorded 471 new cases overnight, and eight further deaths.