authorities hand out more than $2m in fines for breaching restrictions so far

authorities hand out more than $2m in fines for breaching restrictions so far

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Premier Daniel Andrews says 13,000 Victorians were tested in the state yesterday, the most people have been tested in a 24-hour period around Australia so far this pandemic.

“That is an amazing result and I just want to say how proud, how pleased I am, and how grateful I am,” Mr Andrews says.

The results of those tests won’t be available for a day or so, he said.

Victoria is pushing to test 100,000 people within two weeks, and Mr Andrews said the state was already ahead of that aim.

He says widespread testing is needed before restrictions can be eased on May 11.

“We’ve got to have a really good look and know exactly how much virus is out there before we make decisions that we have to get right. There’s no do-over here,” he says.

He says he does not want to see a “cycle” of second and third waves and harsher lockdown restrictions.