State health minister quits over Australia’s worst COVID-19 outbreak Sep 27, 2020 0 64 12345 DPASydneyThe state health minister in Victoria resigned from her post on Saturday, as her handling of the state’s COVID-19 outbreak, by far Australia’s worst, has come under criticism and been the subject of an inquiry.Jenny Mikakos issued a statement confirming her resignation, a day after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews gave evidence to an inquiry and pointed partial blame at the minister for her role in lapsed quarantining of overseas arrivals.“In light of the Premier’s statement... I believe I cannot continue to serve in his Cabinet,” Mikakos said.“I am disappointed that my integrity has sought to be undermined.” Mikakos also intends to resign from parliament.Victoria’s death toll from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus rose to 782 on Saturday, comprising a large majority of the 870 deaths recorded nationally.An inquiry has been running for several weeks into the state’s virus outbreak. It seeks to determine who authorized underpaid security guards, rather than the defence force, to run the state’s overseas hotel quarantine programme, which was partially blamed for a sharp increase in cases.New infections have been consistently declining across the state, bringing hope to the 4.9 million residents in metropolitan Melbourne who have been under a strict lockdown since August 2 when daily cases were topping 700. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Australian rescuers save 108 whales after mass stranding Sep 27, 2020 0 357 Paris cleaver attack suspect says wanted to target Charlie Hebdo Sep 27, 2020 0 715 Britain’s PM Johnson urges global unity on pandemics, pledges extra COVAX funds Sep 27, 2020 0 1451 Stand-alone S Korea demands Pyongyang further probe killing of official SEOUL: Seoul said on Saturday it will demand further investigation by Pyongyang into the killing of a South Korean official after a rare public apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The fisheries official was .. Mexico vows further investigations into missing students MEXICO CITY: Six years after 43 students disappeared and were most likely murdered in south-western Mexico, the government has promised further investigations. “We must not give up hope,” Mexican President Andres .. Fresh detentions as women lead latest round of Belarus protests DPA Moscow Several hundred women took to the streets of Minsk on Saturday to kick off another weekend of protests by those who say Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stole August’s election for a sixth term in .. Ukraine crash survivor dies as toll climbs to 26 CHUGUIV: One of the two survivors of a Ukrainian military plane crash died in hospital as the death toll climbed to 26 on Saturday after three more bodies were found. President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived at the scene of the .. Confident Biden ready to face Trump’s ‘lies’ in debate AFP Washington US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Saturday he expects “personal attacks and lies” from Donald Trump in their first televised debate on Tuesday, but showed confidence in his ability ..