September 24, 2021

Australia politics live: Dan Andrews announces end of Victoria Covid lockdown at midnight in press conference update

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11.40pm GMT

The minister of Covid-19 response, Chris Hipkins has confirmed that two students of Papatoetoe high school in south Auckland have tested positive for Covid-19.

This comes after two full days of no new community cases, following the detection of a family of 3 testing positive on Sunday, and the whole of Auckland placed into a three-day lockdown, with the rest of the country placed at Level 2.

11.35pm GMT

Daniel Andrews:

I, of course, acknowledge the very difficult circumstances that many have raised, but there is simply no alternative to follow the health advice provided and indeed to reassert the policy and the approach that saw us do what no other part of the world has done: defeat a second wave.

It makes sense to continue to listen to those experts and that is exactly what we intend to do.

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