WA Premier Mark McGowan. (Image: AAP/Richard Wainwright)

Dan Andrews and Mark McGowan

Even their political foes would concede that Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and WA Premier Mark McGowan have had a very good virus. A combination of strong wills and good luck have meant that their states (along with South Australia) have led Australia’s COVID-19 response.

But as most of Australia starts to emerge from economic hibernation, Andrews’ Victoria continues to double down, in particular with school reopenings.

The difficulty for the increasingly popular Andrews is that his position becomes harder to justify as the success of his strategy becomes more apparent. There remain only a dozen Victorians in hospital with COVID-19 and almost 90 active known cases.