Lockdown restrictions eased in Victoria despite 1838 new Covid-19 cases and 7 deaths

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Although the Australian state of Victoria has received 1838 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths today, the state administration plans to remove the lockdown in Melbourne and surrounding areas at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.

When the state achieves its target of having 70% of persons aged 16 and up properly vaccinated, the lockdown will be lifted.

People across the state will be permitted to have up to 10 guests per day, including dependents.

The curfew and 15-kilometer travel radius will be abolished in metropolitan Melbourne, but travel restrictions will remain in force between Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Those who are already enrolled in child care and the children of fully vaccinated adults will be able to continue to do so. Most outdoor locations in Melbourne, such as cafes, theatres, and pools, will be allowed to accommodate up to 50 people, subject to density restrictions.

Indoor establishments such as cafes and restaurants will accommodate up to 20 people, subject to density restrictions and assuming that everyone has been fully vaccinated.

Thirty fully vaccinated people will be allowed in indoor settings and up to 100 in outdoor settings in regional Victoria, already functioning with fewer restrictions.

The announcement, according to Premier Daniel Andrews, signified the end of widespread lockdowns.

He stated, "Today, we are moving beyond that,"

"As a result, we're no longer detaining people across the board."

"We are instead locking people out who have not got vaccinated to protect themselves and protect everybody else."

A total of 73,501 tests were used to find the additional instances, bringing the total number of active cases to 23,376.

Victoria was not projected to meet its 70% double-dose target until October 26th, but a spike in persons seeking Covid vaccines means it will be completed by Thursday.

Jeroen Weimar, the commander of Victoria's Covid-19, voiced alarm yesterday over an increase in the number of persons hospitalized with Covid, now at 798.

One of the seven Covid deaths reported yesterday was a 15-year-old.

Cases from New South Wales

Meanwhile, in the 24 hours leading up to 8 p.m. on Saturday, NSW reported 301 new instances of locally acquired Covid-19 and ten deaths.

The new instances were discovered among the 69,107 test results received the day before.

According to NSW Health, 619 individuals are currently in hospital, with 137 in intensive care.

Nearly 92 percent of people aged 16 and up have received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination.

With 80 percent of its eligible adult population fully immunized against Covid-19, the state accomplished the next milestone in the Covid-19 recovery roadmap yesterday.

The state of New South Wales is the first in Australia to achieve this target.

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Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the news on Facebook, congratulating healthcare workers and NSW people.

From Monday, up to 20 fully vaccinated people will be able to gather in residence, and groups of up to 50 people will be able to gather outside.

Community sport is expected to restart, but masks are still mandatory in most indoor venues, except offices.

Publish : 2021-10-17 10:32:00

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