Mild Vic forecast leaves premier gloomy
Melbourne's sunny Saturday forecast is gloomy news for the premier, as a coronavirus milestone looms for Victoria across the weekend.
Already suffering through its second virus outbreak, the state was dealt another blow on Thursday night when a freak storm left three Melbourne people dead and almost 90 suburbs with water supply problems.
But sunny and mild conditions are expected for Saturday and that has Daniel Andrews on edge, given more people will go outside to take advantage of the weather.
"I'm not often disappointed in a good forecast, but I am a bit about that," he said.
He urged Victorians to keep following the state's lockdown rules, which are due to end on September 13.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the weekend could also mark the first time since July 5 that the daily case figure drops below 100.
That number was 113 on Thursday and Friday and has been under 150 since Monday.
"It is helpful from a psychological point of view. We all can have an internal celebration to see it into double figures," Professor Sutton said.
"But no, it doesn't make a huge material difference. It is just a sign if we get there, and I hope we do, that we are still heading in the right direction."
There were 12 more deaths on Friday.
They include a man in his 70s, two women and one man their 80s, and five women and three men in their 90s - all aged care-related.
While Thursday's state toll was 485, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to AAP that the current figure was now 496.
That makes the national figure 583.
The lower case numbers have raised anticipation about the easing of restrictions, with Melbourne's stage-four lockdown and the stage-three rules for regional Victoria due to end on September 13.
Mr Andrews again gave no indication about when the government would announce the new rules for the state.
But he made it clear there will be no immediate shift back to stage one or two rules.
"The notion we would go from stage four to stage two or stage one, all those businesses would be open like a normal second half of the year, normal spring, we're not going to be able to do that," Mr Andrews said.
"It will have to be gradual and steady because we've all got to be really careful to make sure nothing we do makes it more likely that we find ourselves back here at exactly this place.
"We want to defeat the second wave and properly.
"That means we can avoid a third wave."
The Melbourne CBD is a ghost town and Lord Mayor Sally Capp on Friday announced the City of Melbourne and state government had agreed to form a capital city recovery plan.
"The devastation and despair is being felt across our city," she said.
"Everyone is craving clarity, certainty and confidence."
Also on Friday, the Victorian opposition proposed six amendments to the government's state of emergency legislation, including that powers may only be renewed on a month-by-month basis.
The government was forced into negotiations with crossbenchers after Monday's unpopular proposal that the state of emergency should be extended by 12 months.
A six-month extension is now a more likely outcome.
Liberal leader Michael O'Brien said Mr Andrews did not deserve a "blank cheque for 12 months to control Victorians' lives".
Victoria is in the depths of lockdown fatigue, with police vowing to end daily protests that have happened this week in suburban Dandenong.
They also arrested a man on Friday as they try to shut down a planned protest in Melbourne on September 5.
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