Victoria records just 43 new coronavirus cases overnight and nine deaths

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Victoria has recorded just 43 new cases of coronavirus and nine more deaths as fears grow Premier Daniel Andrews’ strict curfew could be extended.

Friday’s cases have taken the state’s death toll to 710. 

The new numbers come in the eighth day of double digits in cases after Thursday recorded 51 infections and Wednesday had 76.

The 14-day average of cases in the coronavirus-riddled state fell to 73 on Thursday.  

Victoria has recorded just 43 new cases of coronavirus and nine more deaths on Friday

Victoria has recorded just 43 new cases of coronavirus and nine more deaths on Friday

The new infections come after Mr Andrews defended the 8pm-5am curfew that has been in place since August 2, adding it may be extended past the month.

Mr Andrews said although there were discussions to lift the curfew on September 28, it may be extended beyond that. 

‘The plan talks about the 28th, it may go beyond that,’ he said.

‘We will look at the data, we’ll look at where we’re at, we’ll look at how close we are to achieving the very low case numbers that are essential to opening the place up.

‘It’s no more complex than that. The curfew will be on for no longer than it needs to be on.’ 

Meanwhile, the Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton, and Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton both said the curfew was not their idea and hadn’t been recommended. 

More to come. 

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