'Simply unacceptable': Daniel Andrews says one in four Victorians with COVID-19 are defying orders to stay home

Jul 31, 2020

BY ROSEMARY BOLGER

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says it's disappointing and "simply unacceptable" that a large number of people with coronavirus are defying stay-at-home orders. 

Of the 500 people who tested positive for COVID-19 who were doorknocked on Thursday, one in four were not at home.

"Disappointingly, I have to inform you that there were more than 130 unsuccessful visits, so around one in four people could not be found at home," Mr Andrews told reporters on Friday morning. 

About 100 people have been referred to police.

"It is simply unacceptable for you to have this virus and not be at home."

Mr Andrews urged people to follow the rules after another 627 cases were recorded in the previous 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in the state since the pandemic began to 10,577. 

There were also another eight coronavirus-related deaths, including two men aged in their 50s. Four of the eight deaths are linked to the state’s aged care crisis.

It's the second-highest number of new daily cases after 723 were recorded on Thursday

Mr Andrews spoke to Prime Minister Scott Morrison about the ongoing outbreak on Thursday night and reportedly discussed the possibility of increased restrictions. 

The number of cases has continued to surge despite Melbourne being in lockdown for three weeks. 

Mr Andrews said he would not announce further restrictions until a thorough analysis of the first 21 days of lockdown had been completed by health officials. 

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