Victoria reported 2,297 new local COVID-19 cases on Thursday. This is the highest number of daily infections recorded in any Australian state or territory since the pandemic began. However, as the outbreak surges, authorities want to lift the blockade in Melbourne within days of reaching 70% vaccination coverage.
The 107-day blockade in Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, was lifted on Monday.
Although there is a record number of COVID-19 cases in neighboring Victoria, epidemiologist Catherine Bennett said she believed that vaccination would soon control the outbreak.
“These freedoms have begun to come into force in New South Wales, Victoria this week, which could increase the number of incidents, but perhaps in a week or two, we’ve been able to do it safely,” she said. I did. “That’s everything.”
Victorian health officials do not believe the number of cases has peaked, but say vaccination rates are rising rapidly. They say they will soon cancel the stay-at-home order in the capital city of Melbourne.
The blockade of the capital Canberra will end late Thursday.
When the inoculation rate reaches 70%, the blockade in Australia will be lifted and further restrictions on the size of domestic and international travel and meetings will end when it reaches 80%. But for now, freedom applies only to those who are fully vaccinated.
Nationally, about 69% of Australians are vaccinated twice.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said Pfizer’s drug could soon be approved by children aged 5 to 11 in Australia.
“It provides additional support and protection for parents and families,” he said. “I’m very happy that I’m coming earlier than I expected.”
The Northern Territory of Australia has announced some of the world’s toughest vaccine obligations. Clerks, hairdressers and other workers must be vaccinated or fired by Christmas Eve.
The Northern Territory has a population of about 250,000. Approximately 200 cases of coronavirus and zero deaths have been recorded since the pandemic began, but it is only a matter of time before more infections are detected as Australia gradually resumes. Authorities believe.
The territorial prime minister, Michael Gunner, said strict vaccination measures were needed.
“If you work in a retail store or supermarket, you need to get a jab,” he said. “If you are behind a bank counter, if you are a receptionist or such a position, you need to get a jab. If you are a barber, beautician, beauty therapist, You need to get a jab. All these workers, and many, more people are in direct contact with the general public. It is you are the front-line workers of our economy. It means that you have to be vaccinated. “
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Australia has recorded 131,380 COVID-19 cases. 1,461 people have died.
Record COVID-19 cases reported in Australia’s second most populous state
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