Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy criticized the expansion of the Covid declaration

Daniel Andrews’ extension of the pandemic declaration means Victorians can’t go on, says his most outspoken critic.

Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has responded to the state’s announcement of a pandemic for another three months.

Mr Gai made the comments on Tuesday after the government said it had taken a step as new variants of Covid emerged.

The Victorians deserve to be given back control of their lives. Today’s extension of the state of emergency laws shows that Daniel Andrews is not going to do this,” he said.

“Expanding these laws means a longer, slower road to recovery.”

The declaration was supposed to expire on July 12, but now it will be valid until at least October 12.

Mr Gai said it was time for Victoria to drop pandemic measures despite thousands of daily cases.

“The threat of mandates, lockdowns and restrictions remains, overshadowing our recovery efforts,” he said.

“The time has come to give the Victorians back the confidence and confidence that they can go on with their lives.

“Emergency powers undermine trust. They are damaging our ability to get back on track.”

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews explained his government’s decision, pointing out the “serious risk” Covid still poses to public health.

“In making this statement, I am reasonably satisfied that there continues to be a significant public health risk across Victoria due to the coronavirus disease,” he said.

“(This) requires ongoing public health and other protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission and hospitalization.”

Victoria recorded 10,056 Covid cases on Tuesday and 8,740 in the previous 24 hours.

There are 523 infected people in the hospital, including 29 in intensive care, and 39 Victorians have died from the virus this week.

Originally published as Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy criticized the expansion of the Covid declaration