Dan Andrews vows to return as Victorian premier ‘this month’ as his state’s Covid outbreak worsens – three months after breaking his spine in a nasty fall
- Dan Andrews has said he will return to Victoria’s top job this month
- He has been on extended sick leave since injuring his back in a fall in March
- A seven day lockdown sparked by Covid cluster will be extended in Melbourne
- Mr Andrews encouraged Victorians to ‘keep fighting’ on Wednesday night
Dan Andrews has revealed he intends to return as Victorian Premier this month after breaking his back in a fall earlier this year.
Posting to Facebook on Wednesday night Mr Andrews encouraged Victorians to remain strong as they face another seven days in lockdown and thanked acting Premier James Merlino.
‘I have more scans and a meeting with my medical team next week. I’ll let you know how that goes and exactly when I’ll be back on deck later this month,’ Mr Andrews wrote.
Dan Andrews (pictured with daughter Grace, 18) in April as he recovers from a back injury
In March, the politician suffered a serious back injury after he slipped on stairs at his holiday house and has been on extended sick leave.
He broke five ribs and fractured his T7 vertabra in the fall.
In his first public Facebook post since April, Mr Andrews also took the opportunity to ‘send a message to Victorians’.
Earlier on Wednesday Mr Merlino confirmed Victoria’s initial seven day lockdown, sparked by a Covid cluster arising in May, would be extended for another week in the Greater Melbourne area.
‘Just because we’ve had to do this before, doesn’t mean it’s easy to do again,’ Mr Andrews wrote.
‘Some of us will be tired. Some stressed. Some sick to the back teeth of this pandemic. Maybe a mix of all three.’
‘But please know that every individual effort you made today, and everything you’ll do tomorrow and every day after will save lives.’
‘Record tests, record vaccinations, record fight – we’re doing this to protect our communities, our state and the entire country. Be proud of what you’ve achieved and be proud of our state too.’
‘Keep fighting, Victoria.’
Acting Premier James Merlino announced an extension to the lockdown on Wednesday