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Victoria records 55 new cases of coronavirus, eight deaths

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt on Tuesday morning said he was yet to see the “underlying data and assumptions” on which Victoria’s plan to recovery is based, calling on the state to make the modelling available not only to the federal government but to the public.

“We believe that all assumptions, all elements should be published,” Mr Hunt told Today this morning.

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The emerging from lockdown model, developed by Melbourne University, is available on the DHHS website.

On Monday, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the state may be able to move into stage one restrictions even if the threshold of zero cases for two weeks is not strictly met.

Businesswoman and philanthropist Susan Alberti has urged Premier Daniel Andrews to reconsider the state’s reopening plan, warning of what she said would be severe economic and mental health costs.

“I feel shattered … I’m watching businesses around me absolutely fall apart … they see no future,” she said on ABC Radio on Tuesday morning.

“I’m sure [Mr Andrews] is going to be [reconsidering his reopening plan] because if the numbers keep going down, it’s in the interests of everyone for him to do that.”

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