'Sorry!' ABC host loses it over lockdown tongue slip

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An ABC host had a hilarious slip-up on air about Victoria's lockdown, but her swift recovery was even better.

On Wednesday's episode of The Drum on the ABC, journalist Ellen Fanning had quite the slip up when speaking about Victoria's lockdown.

"Daniel Andrews has announced that Victoria's lockdown will be extended until 2070," Ms Fanning said, before quickly realising her mistake. 

ABC's The Drum host Ellen Fanning had quite the reaction when she accidentally said Victoria would be in lockdown for years. Source: ABC via Twitter/@BlakeJohnson
The Drum host Ellen Fanning had quite the reaction when she accidentally said Victoria would be in lockdown for about 50 years. Source: ABC via Twitter/@BlakeJohnson

"Sorry, it will not, take the lead back to the beginning, take the lead back to the beginning," she laughed. 

"Daniel Andrews has announced that Victoria's lockdown will be extended until 70 per cent of the state has had at least one dose of the COVID vaccine."

"Plenty of time to plan my 85th birthday," 7News reporter Blake Johnson quipped on Twitter.

Someone joked in response to Mr Johnson's tweet Ms Fanning might have a crystal ball.

But no, Victoria will not remain in lockdown for years on end.

Victoria will remain under stay-at-home rules until 70 per cent of people receive at least one vaccine dose, which is expected to be reached by September 23.

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After hitting that mark, there will be slightly more freedom, including the travel limit expanding to 10km and exercise increasing to three hours.

Playgrounds, however, will reopen on Friday to children aged 12 and under with the supervision of one parent or guardian, who must wear a mask and check in.

Mr Andrews flagged there will be "some positive news for regional Victoria next week", which will apply to those living outside Shepparton.

He warned it will not be a "full opening up" for those regional areas, as there will still be "significant restrictions".

"There will not be hundreds of people at the pub or the restaurant or the cafe, but there will be activity that is possible and safe and that will be in excess of what's happening in Melbourne, because cases are very different, the epidemiology of regional Victoria is very different," he said.

On Thursday, Victoria reported its highest number of daily Covid cases in over a year when 176 new cases were reported.

With AAP

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