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Melbourne set for Covid lockdown exit despite record cases as vaccinations spike | Malay Mail

Melbourne set for Covid lockdown exit despite record cases as vaccinations spike | Malay Mail

16/10/2021 8:01:00 PM

Melbourne set for Covid lockdown exit despite record cases as vaccinations spike | Malay Mail

SYDNEY, Oct 14 ― Melbourne will exit months of Covid-19 lockdown next week helped by a faster-than-expected vaccine uptake, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said today, ahead of schedule even though daily infections hit a record the same day. In the worst day of an outbreak of the Delta...

channel for the latest updates.SYDNEY, Oct 14 ― Melbourne will exit months of Covid-19 lockdown next week helped by a faster-than-expected vaccine uptake, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said today, ahead of schedule even though daily infections hit a record the same day.

In the worst day of an outbreak of the Delta variant coronavirus that began in early August, Victoria logged 2,297 new cases today, up from 1,571 the day before and the highest for any Australian state or territory since the pandemic began. Eleven people died, bringing the total toll in the latest outbreak to 125.

But the surge comes as Victoria also nears the 70 per cent threshold for double-dose vaccination among eligible adults ― the level at which authorities have promised to end strict stay-home restrictions. That target was originally expected to be met on October 26, and the vaccination level was 62 per cent as of today. headtopics.com

“We will deliver the (reopening) road map ... You get vaccinated and we will open up and I do what I say,” Victoria Premier Andrews said, speaking during a media briefing in Melbourne, the state capital.Most new cases were detected in Melbourne, but the city's night curfew will also be lifted, while businesses can reopen with strict social distancing rules, according to the roadmap. More curbs will be relaxed when vaccination levels reach 80% and 90%.

Sydney, where the first case was detected in mid-June, continued a downward trend in new cases. Daily infections in New South Wales eased further to 406 on Thursday, the majority in Sydney, well down from the state's pandemic high of 1,599 hit in early September.

The city came out of a lockdown of more than 100 days earlier this week, and Sydney could enjoy more freedoms from Monday ― beating forecasts by a week ― as the proportion of fully vaccinated people older than 16 is expected to top 80 per cent this weekend.

As Sydney and Melbourne aim to begin to live with Covid-19, some virus-free states have flagged they may delay their reopening plans even after higher vaccinations amid fears outbreaks could overwhelm hospitals.Higher inoculation coverage among the most vulnerable populations has helped Australia to keep its death rate from the Delta flare-up lower than last year's outbreaks. Still, Delta has accounted for about 77 per cent of the country's 136,000 cases. Total deaths stand at 1,496 since the pandemic began. headtopics.com

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt on Thursday said Australia's medical regulator has allowed Pfizer to submit an application to allow five-to 11-year-olds to be vaccinated with its Covid-19 vaccine. ― Reuters Read more: Malay Mail »

Any decision to ground Hawk 108 fighter jets to be determined by Armed Forces, RMAF chiefs, says Hishammuddin

MELAKA: Any decision to ground the use of Hawk 108 air fighter jets following the aircraft crash in Penang will be determined by the Armed Forces and Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chiefs, says Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

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Dr Noor Hisham: 7,420 new Covid-19 cases detected today | Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 — The Health Ministry today reported another 7,420 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a tweet that the new cases brings the total number of cases in Malaysia to 2,377,033. Today’s 7,420 is a slight drop...

New Zealand reports 65 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 | Malay MailAUCKLAND, Oct 15 ― New Zealand reported 65 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 , with all in locked-down Auckland, as the country readies for a mass immunisation drive tomorrow when it hopes to administer a record 100,000 vaccine doses. Auckland, the country's largest city, entered into a...

Covid-19 infections linger near record levels in Australia's Victoria | Malay MailSYDNEY, Oct 15 ― Covid-19 cases in Australia's Victoria hovered near record levels today, even as authorities look set to lift lockdown restrictions next week in Melbourne, the state capital, as the state nears a key vaccination milestone. A total of 2,179 new locally acquired cases were reported... Ramp in deaths

Biden promises more Covid-19 vaccines, ties for Africa as Kenya leader visits | Malay MailWASHINGTON, Oct 15 ― US President Joe Biden yesterday announced a major new Covid vaccine donation for Africa and promised greater commitment to the continent as he welcomed his first African leader, Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta. Meeting at the White House, Biden and the Kenyan president promised to...

Covid-19: US experts recommend Moderna booster for older and at-risk groups | Malay MailWASHINGTON, Oct 15 ― An expert committee yesterday recommended a booster dose of Moderna's anti-Covid vaccine in the United States for certain at-risk groups, a month after making a similar decision for the Pfizer shot. The opinion submitted by the advisory committee of the Food and Drug...

CovidNow: Over 91pc of Malaysia’s adult population fully vaccinated against Covid-19 | Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 — A total of 21,355,550 individuals or 91.2 per cent of the adult population in Malaysia have completed their  Covid-19 vaccination as of yesterday. Based on the Health Ministry’s data on the CovidNow portal,95 per cent of the adult population,or...