Shepparton News

Regional reopening on the table, with or without Shepparton

- By Darren Linton

Four additional cases already revealed by the Victorian Government on Monday were formally added to the Shepparton outbreak on Tuesday, but the recovery is still on track.

Premier Daniel Andrews said no decision had been made on an easing of the current lockdown for the rest of regional Victoria.

“Certainly, Shepparton has still got the remnants of their outbreak to get through,” he said.

“Shepparton may have to be a little bit behind the rest of regional Victoria and will hopefully catch up, but we won’t hold back the rest of regional Victoria because of that.”

An announceme­nt is expected towards the end of the week.

Mr Andrews used his daily media conference to press the point that nobody was safe from COVID-19 with people aged between 17 and 76 years old currently in intensive care and on ventilator­s.

“Anyone can fall ill to this virus, anyone can fall seriously ill with this virus,” he said.

Statewide, 61.4 per cent of the eligible population has received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but Mr Andrews hit out at what he called a secret deal to supply more vaccines to the NSW Government though GPs.

“I signed up to a national plan to vaccinate Australia, not to vaccinate Sydney,” Mr Andrews said.

“It needs to stop, and secondly there needs to be a make good where additional doses come to Victoria.”

Based on the equitable share agreed by National Cabinet, Mr Andrews said Victoria had missed out on receiving more than 300,000 doses.

“We have seen hundreds of thousands of vaccines that should have come and should now be in the arms of Victorians going into Sydney and into GP practices in NSW,” he said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he didn’t share the view that doses had been diverted to NSW.

“I wasn’t going to have doses moved from other states to NSW, I went out and got more doses from Poland,” he said.

Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said while Victorian cases were rising slowly but steadily he still hoped the case numbers would plateau.

 ??  ?? Disagreeme­nt over vax destinatio­ns: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has called out additional vaccines being sent to NSW that he claims should have gone into the arms of Victorians.
Disagreeme­nt over vax destinatio­ns: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has called out additional vaccines being sent to NSW that he claims should have gone into the arms of Victorians.

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