Health · July 6, 2022

Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy hits out at extending Covid declaration

Daniel Andrews’ extension of the pandemic declaration means Victorians cannot go on with their lives, says his most vocal critic.

Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy has pushed back on extending the state’s pandemic declaration by another three months.

Mr Guy made the comments on Tuesday after the Government announced it had made the move due to the arrival of new Covid variants.

“Victorians deserve to take back control of their lives. Today’s extension of the state of emergency laws shows that Daniel Andrews has no intention of doing that,” he said.

“The extension of these laws means a longer and slower road to recovery.”

The statement was due to expire on July 12, but will now be in effect until at least October 12.

Mr Guy said it was time Victoria gave up pandemic measures despite thousands of daily cases.

“The threat of mandates, suspensions and restrictions remain, overshadowing our efforts to recover,” he said.

“It’s time to give Victorians back the confidence and confidence to get on with their lives.

“Emergency powers violate trust. They affect our ability to get back on track.”

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews justified his government’s decision by citing the “serious risk” that Covid still poses to public health.

“In making the statement, I am reasonably satisfied that there remains a serious public health risk across Victoria as a result of coronavirus disease,” he said.

“(This) requires continued public health and other protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission and hospitalization.”

Victoria recorded 10,056 Covid cases on Tuesday and 8740 in the past 24 hours.

There are 523 infected people in hospital, with 29 in intensive care, and 39 Victorians have died from the virus so far this week.

Originally published as Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy opposes extending the Covid declaration