Victorians will be handed $450 cash bonuses for taking a coronavirus test and ...

Victorians will be handed $450 cash bonuses for taking a coronavirus test and waiting at home – after unions whinged that $300 wasn’t enough Victorians with no sick leave who take time off for a COVID-19 test will get $450 Premier Daniel Andrews announced upgraded payment from $300 on Thursday  He hopes the increase will stop people risking being infected in their community Victoria recorded 278 new coronavirus infections and eight deaths on Thursday

By Jackson Barron For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 05:30 BST, 13 August 2020 | Updated: 05:40 BST, 13 August 2020

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Victorians forced to take time off work to be tested for coronavirus will now receive an upgraded $450 payment.

Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement on Thursday to increase the cash bonus for those who don't have sick leave and must be absent from work while isolating between taking a coronavirus test and getting their result. 

'I can announce today that that $300 payment will increase to a $450 payment that is after consultation with unions and consultation with employers and, indeed, listening to many of those 17,000 people who have applied and have got that money,' Mr Andrews said. 

'We think that $450 is a fair payment, for people particularly for whom their employment circumstances might lead them to make the choice to not get tested at all or to perhaps get tested at all or to perhaps get tested but then go to work while they are waiting for the results of those tests.'

A woman wearing a face mask sits on Bourke Street in Melbourne amid stage four lockdown restrictions in the city from the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday

A woman wearing a face mask sits on Bourke Street in Melbourne amid stage four lockdown restrictions in the city from the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday

Mr Andrews said the upgraded

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