Daniel Andrews to remain in ICU after fall

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is in intensive care after suffering a fall at home.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is in intensive care after suffering a fall at home.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will remain in intensive care for a few days after breaking several ribs and suffering vertebrae damage in a fall.

In a statement, Mr Andrews confirmed he was admitted to hospital on Tuesday morning "after slipping and falling on wet and slippery stairs" while getting ready for work.

"A CT scan has revealed several broken ribs and vertebrae damage, and subsequent medical advice has recommended I remain in intensive care for the next few days," he said.

Mr Andrews said his wife Catherine and his children were "extremely grateful to the Ambulance Victoria paramedics who showed such care and kindness to our family this morning, as we are to the clinicians who have taken care of me today".

"Our warm and sincere thanks go to the many family members, friends, colleagues and Victorians who have sent messages of love and support throughout the day. Thank you," he said.

Mr Andrews hopes to provide another update later in the week and confirmed Deputy Premier James Merlino will serve as acting premier while he recovers.

"For now, we'd like to ask that our family's privacy is respected," he added.

Mr Merlino replaced the premier at a press conference in Healesville on Tuesday morning to announce an inquiry into the historic and ongoing injustices committed against Indigenous people

"I know around the cabinet table and speaking to Dan privately how passionate he is about this day and about this announcement," Mr Merlino said.

"It would only have been a trip to the hospital that would have kept him away."

Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien posted on Twitter: "Hope it's not serious. Wishing Daniel a speedy recovery."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke with Mr Andrews to offer his best wishes earlier on Tuesday.

Mr Andrews had been on leave since Friday afternoon and was due to return to work on Tuesday.

It is understood the premier was still at the Mornington Peninsula holiday rental where he had spent the long weekend when he slipped and fell.

The 48-year-old fronted 120 consecutive daily press conferences during the state's second wave of coronavirus.

He has been the leader of the Victorian Labor party since 2010 and premier since 2014.

Australian Associated Press