Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has conceded the state may never completely eliminate COVID-19 cases.

Jade Gailberger NCA NewsWireAugust 16, 2020

ictorian Premier Daniel Andrews has conceded the state may never completely eliminate COVID-19 cases.

The state recorded 279 new COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths on Sunday. It is a drop from the 310 new cases announced on Saturday and lower than the record daily rise of 725 from last week.

But speaking on Sunday, Mr Andrews said it was “unlikely” the virus would ever be completely eliminated.

“Even when this second wave is over, we will still see cases, we will still see outbreaks, that is a function of this thing,” he said.

“The notion of completely extinguishing it and never seeing it again, I think that it would be an unlikely outcome.”

Mr Andrews also revealed he had “cautious optimism” stage-four lockdown measures in Melbourne would be eased from mid-September.

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