Jenny Mikakos

Victoria’s Health Minister resigns over hotel quarantine failures

Victoria’s Health Minister has resigned from Parliament, over the failures of the hotel quarantine program that led to the deadly second wave of coronavirus.

Jenny Mikakos has put out a statement this morning, saying she’s stepping down effective immediately.

It comes after Premier Daniel Andrews told the Board of Inquiry that Minister Mikakos was responsible for the decision to bring in private security rather than the ADF to monitor hotels, which ultimately led to the devastating outbreak which has left Victorians in strict lockdown for months.

Mikakos says there were matters her department should have briefed her on, but takes full responsibility and the buck stops with her.

“I have always put everything into my Ministerial responsibilities. I have never wanted to leave a job unfinished but in light of the Premier’s statement to the Board of Inquiry and the fact that there are elements in it that I strongly disagree with, I believe that I cannot continue to serve in his cabinet,” her statement reads.

“I have never shirked my responsibility for my department but it is not my responsibility alone.

“I am disappointed that my integrity has sought to be undermined. I know that my statement and evidence would have been uncomfortable for some.

“I am deeply sorry for the situation that Victorians find themselves in. In good conscious, I do no believe that my actions led to them,” Mikakos said.

Read her full statement below:

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Victoria records 12 new coronavirus cases and 1 more death

Victoria has recorded another 12 coronavirus cases overnight, along with one more death.

The infection rate is just below yesterday’s of 14, bringing the 14 day average down with it.

That number now sits at 23.6, a good sign that the state is on it’s way out of harsh restrictions.

While the new death brings Victoria’s coronavirus death toll to 782 and the national toll to 870.

The age and gender of the person is not yet known, with authorities to provide more details later today.

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Victoria records another 14 coronavirus cases, 8 more deaths

Victoria’s recorded a slight spike in coronavirus deaths overnight, but the daily infection rate continues to stay low.

Eight more people died from the virus overnight, while another 14 new infections were recorded.

The ages and genders of those who’ve passed away is not yet know, with authorities to provide more information later this morning.

The low daily infection rate brings the state’s rolling 14 day average down to 25.1, just days before more restrictions are set to ease.

The Victoria Premier will give more information about exactly what will change on Sunday, provided results stay this good.

Victoria’s coronavirus death toll now sits at 781, while the national toll is at 869.

Health officials will give a further update today.

Victoria records 12 coronavirus cases, 2 more deaths

Victoria has once again recorded another low number of coronavirus infections, with just 12 positive tests reported overnight.

It means the rolling 14 day average has dropped down to 26.7, the lowest it’s been yet.

That’s ahead of the further easing of restrictions from next week, which are still yet to be properly detailed.

Premier Daniel Andrews says they will announce which restrictions will be further eased this Sunday.

There were also another two deaths reported overnight.

It bring the state’s coronavirus death toll to 773, and the national death toll to 861.

Health officials will provide more information later this morning.

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Victoria’s crucial ‘rolling average’ number drops below 30

Victoria has recorded another 15 coronavirus cases overnight, which has pushed the rolling 14 day average below 30 for the first time.

It currently sits at 29.4, down on 32.8 from the day before.

It means the state is on track to further ease restrictions from this Sunday, but the Premier is yet to confirm exactly what restrictions will ease.

There were also another five deaths reported within the last 24 hours, bringing the state’s coronavirus death toll to 771.

The national toll sits at 859.

The ages and genders of those who’ve passed away is not yet known.

The Victorian Premier and health authorities will provide more details later this morning.