Victoria’s second wave of horrors put Dan Andrews in the spotlight.Even his fiercest critics have to admit that he has achieved something elsewhere

Victoria has not recorded any new coronavirus cases or deaths in the past 24 hours, indicating that the state’s deadly second wave may be near the end

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NewsWire Photos Jan. December 2020: Prime Minister Daniel Andrews during the questioning in the Victorian Parliament on Thursday afternoon Image: NCA NewsWire / David GeraghtySource: News Corp Australia

“Today is a good day,” Prime Minister Daniel Andrews tweeted on Jan. October, when Victoria recorded its first day with zero new coronavirus cases since the second wave stalled the state, claiming hundreds of lives

“Said I’d go a little higher on the shelf. Here’s for you Victoria,” he added alongside a picture of whiskey glasses and a $ 120 bottle of Starward,

The post shouldn’t be controversial – it was a celebration of the hard work every Victorian (well, most) put into flattening a curve that most countries never could in similar situations

But that’s not how it was seen the reaction was an indication of how the Victorians had reacted to the Prime Minister during the pandemic – a heated, divided reaction

“Yep 1000s deaths, job losses, business closures, bankruptcies (sic), job losses and untold suffering. Well done,” one person tweeted in response

“Initiating the deep suffering of the Victorian people seems to be an elitist cause of the 19th Century, “wrote another

The anger many felt – and still feel – toward the Prime Minister was a 2020 hallmark It was fueled by a relentless liberal opposition in Victoria led by Kew MP Tim Smith and opposition leader Michael O’Brien

He has been referred to as a “dictator” for banning Victoria and putting measures in place that were viewed by many to be far stricter than was necessary to keep the virus out

He has been blamed for the hotel quarantine outbreak, which led to the second wave and the death of 800 people

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews arrives for Question Time in the Victorian Parliament Image: NCA NewsWire / David GeraghtySource: News Corp Australia

He was pulled before an investigation to answer questions about how the virus escaped – but Health Secretary Jenny Mikakos would end up accepting the fall, even if Mr Andrews said he would “take full responsibility” for the shortcomings of the failed take over program

The Washington Post primarily reported clashes between anti-maskers and police at Queen Victoria Market

The morning print edition of the newspaper featured a photo of heavily armed Victoria police officers in riot gear among the fruit and vegetable stalls, accompanied by the headline, “Australia’s Virus Dictator Still Wins Hearts”

The next day, speaking to reporters, Mr. Andrews said bluntly, “I don’t read the Washington Post. He said he wasn’t interested in naming names

But there is no doubt that he heard a lot about it in a turbulent year During a low point for the opposition of which there were many, Mr Smith called the Prime Minister “a friendless loser”

In Victoria with control freak wowsers like Dictator Dan who runs the show, you can’t even sit down for a coffee, let alone a beer. Our premier is such a friendless loser, of course Victoria has no plans to get licensed venues again open that would invite Lurch for a drink? #Danhasnomates picTwittercom / rFGqJbGx9i

But for all the disaffected Victorians who took a stance against Mr Andrews this year, there were just as many who gathered behind him

He is more popular than ever with his central support base and has convinced many with his pronounced, factual approach to combating the virus

For more than 100 days, he attended press conferences riddled with questions about hotel quarantine failures and tightened restrictions, and how much responsibility to take on the rising death toll, especially in elderly care

And his demeanor never wavered, nor evaded responsibility for answering questions. On more than a handful of occasions, when reporters pressed for the next question, he calmly reminded them that he would be there until there were no questions more gave

He took full pressure from the federal government to reopen. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Health Secretary Greg Hunt were particularly vocal about the lockdown of Victoria

But in the end it worked, as pointed out by many experts, including Deakin University Professor of Epidemiology Catherine Bennett, nowhere else in the world achieved what Victoria did by defeating a second wave, the on peaked in more than 720 cases at one point in a single day

In a statement in early December, Mr. Andrews summarized what the Victorians had accomplished in a year all too happy to see the end

“Because of the best efforts of every Victorian, this year we can finish what we can and cannot with far fewer restrictions””

It’s COVID-normal as the premier likes to call it It’s not what everyone wants but it’s far better than the alternative Victorians just have to look overseas to places like the US, UK, Italy and now Visiting South Korea, which is experiencing a crippling third wave

Too many people died in Victoria this year, but countless people were saved.It is possible to acknowledge the former while being grateful for the latter

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