Four new COVID-19 cases in Victoria as Premier Daniel Andrews flags “day off”

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Victoria recorded four new cases – two of which were flagged as potential ‘false positives’ – and no further deaths on Friday.

This brought the total number of cases across the state to 80.

For perspective, this is 73% down on the 305 cases recorded at the same time last month.

Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average rose slightly, up to 2.6 from Thursday’s total of 2.4.

The state had processed over 23,500 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Friday.

And there were five Victorians in hospital, but none in intensive care.

“Day off” for Dan – after five days in front of cameras

In a further sign of the easing situation in the state, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed he would not be present at the state’s Saturday COVID-19 briefing, with Health Minister Martin Foley set to take the reins.

Friday marked the 120th consecutive day that the Premier has fronted the press, which means he’s provided a coronavirus update every day since 3 July – an estimated five full days in front of the cameras.

“I will not see you tomorrow. The Minister for Health will conduct the daily briefing. I’m sure you’re all very pleased to hear that news,” he told reporters.