Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria records 42 new Covid cases and eight deaths – latest news

Gladys Berejiklian expected to announce changes as South Australia opens up to ACT and Brett Sutton gives evidence at Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry. Follow all today’s developments

2.48am BST

Q: There’s a growing amount of legal cases against the State Government for lost earnings tracing back to hotel quarantine failures, including a class action with more than 100 plaintiffs. Are you worried that taxpayers will end up forking out money?

Daniel Andrews:

I understand why the question is asked. The only answer I can give you, is that because this is foreshadowed legal action, I’m no position to comment on. It I’m focused on getting these numbers down and then being able to open up and stay open. I simply can’t be drawn on those sorts of matters.

2.48am BST

What would Daniel Andrews say to the families of those suffering from a mental illness, given what they have seen?

Andrews:

I’d say to every Victorian who lives with mental illness, their carers, their families, we understand that there are massive gaps in the mental health system and I think that… I’m not necessarily seeking credit for it, it’s just a fact.

I don’t think there’s many leaders in this country who have acknowledged the abject failures in our mental health system more clearly and more impactfully than I have than the Government I lead.

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Source: The Guardian
Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria records 42 new Covid cases and eight deaths – latest news