Please Explain podcast: Victoria ‘winning the coronavirus battle’ as some restrictions set to ease

Spring may have finally sprung for Victoria with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declaring the state is “winning the battle” against the coronavirus.

Overnight, the state recorded just 14 new cases and eight more deaths. The 14-day average has dropped to an encouraging 25.1.

The Premier is preparing to ease more lockdown restrictions from this weekend. At this stage, the second step of restrictions being eased are minor with more significant lockdown measures being eased in late October at the earliest and even then only if the number of “mystery” cases with an unknown source over the previous 14 days is fewer than five. Right now, that measure is at 41.

In this episode, senior culture writer Nathanael Cooper is joined by The Age’s City editor Bianca Hall to talk us through the mood in Melbourne as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews prepares to relax some of the coronavirus restrictions this weekend.

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