Scott Morrison says delay a ‘profound disappointment’, but Victorian premier says he anticipates restrictions will be eased by 1 November
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Scott Morrison has criticised the Victorian government for delaying an announcement about the easing of coronavirus restrictions, saying Victoria’s public health systems “are either up to the task of dealing with future outbreaks or they are not”.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday held off announcing opening dates for the retail and hospitality sectors pending the outcome of tests connected to an outbreak in the northern suburbs. It prompted criticism from the business community, the state opposition, the federal government and his own former health minister.