Campaign to reopen Victoria ramps up after the state recorded just six new coronavirus cases and NO deaths – as a former staffer who quit Daniel Andrews’ government lifts the lid on the ‘police state’ lockdown
- Victoria recorded just six new coronavirus cases and no deaths on Thursday
- Pressure mounting to end strict lockdown as residents are desperate to get out
- Health authorities said 14-day average must be at five for restrictions to ease
- Sanjeev Sabhlok resigned from Victorian Treasury department in September
- He has rallied online against Melbourne’s draconian COVID-19 lockdowns
- He said Premier Daniel Andrews was ‘whimsy’ and warned him to resign
The campaign to reopen Victoria is ramping up as the state recorded just six new coronavirus cases and no deaths, while a former economist for the Victorian Treasury lifts the lid on the ‘police state’ lockdown.
The critical rolling 14-day average has once again dropped in metropolitan Melbourne to 8.9 and remains at 0.6 in regional Victoria.
Pressure to end the strict lockdown is mounting as residents say it is destroying businesses and having a detrimental impact on mental health.
But health authorities say the 14-day average must be around five for Premier Daniel Andrews to consider easing restrictions on October 19.
The critical rolling 14-day average has once again dropped in metropolitan Melbourne to 8.9 and remains at 0.6 in regional Victoria. Pictured: People walking in Albert Park Lake
Thursday’s low case numbers come after seven new cases and five deaths were recorded on Wednesday – the most deaths the state recorded in a single day since September 29.
‘I did not come to Australia to be a slave of whimsical government. You have not implemented risk-based management, no evidence-based policy, no cost-benefit analysis,’ he wrote.
‘No justification. Just whimsy. You must reset Victoria’s policies right now. But if you won’t, then go!’
Mr Sabhlok has now slammed the ‘police state’ tactics Mr Andrews has taken in an explosive interview with Channel Nine’s A Current Affair.
Sanjeev Sabhlok resigned from the Victorian Treasury in September after rallying against Melbourne ‘s strict COVID-19 lockdowns and politicians online
Mr Sabhlok, who moved to Melbourne from India in 2001, took to Twitter to announce his resignation with a stern warning to Mr Andrews (pictured)
‘I started calling this a police state. I think that’s when the Treasury might have said, “Hey, this guy’s now starting to say something bold. Let’s ask him to pull down all his posts”.’
Mr Sabhlok has tweeted regularly to his 3,000 followers throughout the pandemic in disagreement with Melbourne’s strict lockdowns.
Despite giving his entire life to the public sector the senior economist said showing up to work became unbearable.
‘I resigned on the spot. I said, “I want to go. I need to go and speak about this issue publicly. I need to let people know you are doing the wrong thing”,’ he said.
‘The whole thing is so arbitrary. I’ve been against it from day one – let me say that. And I’ve raised the matter repeatedly within my department and I’ve been brushed aside.’
The campaign to reopen Victoria is ramping up as the state recorded just six new coronavirus cases and no deaths, while a former economist for the Victorian Treasury lifts the lid on the ‘police state’ lockdown. Pictured: Man in a face mask walking through the CBD
Mr Sabhlok said Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) was ‘whimsy’ and warned him to resign
Since leaving his job with the Victoria Treasury Mr Sabhlok has used his free time to write a book called The Great Hysteria and The Broken State.
There are fears of more outbreaks in regional Victoria after a single Melbourne resident was responsible for sparking two worrying regional clusters.
Authorities fear the new outbreaks could ruin Victoria’s extensive progress after months of lockdown as the truck driver did not tell authorities he had been to Shepparton.
The man, who was infected in the Chadstone Shopping Centre outbreak, visited Kilmore and Shepparton while infectious on September 30.
The truckie, who had a worker’s permit, had admitted to illegally dining at a Kilmore cafe but only told contact tracers he stopped in Shepparton after three people tested positive earlier this week.
The positive case was a contact of a member of the Chadstone cluster and said he did not know he was infected when he obtained his worker permit to travel regionally. Pictured: Residents being checked at a Melbourne checkpoint
Health authorities have urged all 51,600 residents from the northern Victorian town of Shepparton to get tested after three locals became infected with COVID-19
Premier Daniel Andrews said the health department’s compliance unit was examining the issue and could refer him to police.
Everyone in Shepparton has been asked to get tested for the virus.
Meanwhile, police are investigating after Mr Andrews’ electorate office was vandalised for the second time in less than a month.
His Noble Park office was cordoned off after ‘Sack Dan’ was spray painted on the office and one of the windows cracked, apparently by a thrown brick.
A staff member who worked a night shift on October 7 at a Woolworths store in Melbourne’s CBD was among the seven new case reported on Wednesday.
The QV supermarket, on the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, is not listed as a high-risk location because the case can be effectively contact traced.