Coronavirus live news: WHO warns 2m could die before vaccine; Victoria’s health minister quits

Coronavirus live news: WHO warns 2m could die before vaccine; Victoria’s health minister quits

September 26, 2020

Jenny Mikakos resigns after inquiry into how Australian state allowed a second outbreak; Brazil deaths pass 140,000 and US cases reach 7m. Follow all the developments live

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The Australian prime minister is asked about what can be expected from the 6 October budget. Scott Morrison responds;

“Jobs first. That’s what this budget is all about,” he says.

I don’t think it helps, my commentary on those matters. What helps is me continuing to work with every premier and trade minister in this state, in this country, to ensure that we can get Australia firing on all cylinders.

I’d say, South Australia’s firing on all cylinders, and it’s great to see. And that’s because of tremendous leadership from [the] premier, but I will continue to work with all states. It’s not my role to get involved in those matters that are being investigated in Victoria, they have their processes… I respect those processes and let them get on with it, I’ll get on with my job which is to work with everybody rebuild the country.”

What I was simply saying was that our purpose in raising this issue was to ensure … that we understand what occurred, so we can make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s just common sense.”

In an unsurprising development, Victoria’s opposition leader has called on the premier, Daniel Andrews, to resign.

Mikakos should go because of contact tracing failures and her dodgy evidence to the Inquiry.

But Mikakos did not say ‘no’ to ADF.

She did not bring in private security for hotel quarantine.

These decisions caused our 2nd wave.

Andrews is responsible.

He must go.#springst

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