The Andrews government cannot identify any legislation it needed to override, but experts say that is the point.When Daniel Andrews signed a declaration for a state of disaster in Victoria at 1.43pm on Sunday, it was a part of a final salvo in a battle to control a resurgent and invisible enemy.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews held crisis talks overnight regarding new health safeguards in Victoria, after the state registered a record 723 new Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths. A total of 10 of those deaths were associated with private aged-care facilities, with growing reports of mistreatment of residents, as well as inadequate staffing and personal protective equipment. Ahead of the discussion, Morrison warned that aged-care facilities could have their accreditation altered if they failed to use PPE. The Herald Sun reports the national medical expert panel is understood to have considered the need for a New Zealand-style lockdown, which saw the closure of almost all business. As cases rise in regional Victoria, Andrews ordered that requirements for mandatory face masks be expanded from Monday beyond Melbourne to include the entire state. In addition, residents of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains and the Borough of Queenscliffe are now banned from hosting visitors.
The ABC reports that an Australian Border Force officer allowed 2700 people to disembark the Ruby Princess cruise ship, after misinterpreting negative test results for the common flu as negative tests for Covid-19. The ABF only realised the mistake more than 30 hours after passengers had left the ship and later the ABF did not deny that the mistake was made, but claimed that it did not possess “authority to make biosecurity decisions in relation to the Ruby Princess”. New South Wales on Thursday recorded 18 new cases.
Gymnastics Australia has ordered an independent review into its own “culture and practices” following abuse allegations from high-profile gymnasts. In a statement on Thursday, chief executive Kitty Chiller said “many of those experiences are quite simply not acceptable”. The review will be conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission and is due for completion early next year. In one example, former Commonwealth Games silver medallist and three-time world champion Mary-Anne Monckton posted on Facebook that “I, like so many others, have experienced body shaming, have had food withheld, been yelled at until I cried (even as an adult athlete, which is downright embarrassing), and been manipulated and 'forced' to do things that I was not physically ready for or capable of doing, which ultimately led to career-ending injuries.”
The United States economy contracted at a 32.9 per cent annualised rate from April to June, its worst quarterly drop on record. The Gross Domestic Product drop was nearly four times worse than during the peak of the financial crisis. It comes as Germany’s GDP plunged 10 per cent in the second quarter, the worst result since 1970. The dire economic figures come as United States President Donald Trump called for the US election to be delayed beyond November, making unsubstantiated claims that increased postal votes due to Covid-19 would lead to mass voter fraud. He has no authority to delay the election, but the claims have fuelled concerns he will refuse to accept the election result.