Melbourne to ease world's longest COVID-19 lockdowns as vaccinations rise

Melbourne to ease world's longest COVID-19 lockdowns as vaccinations rise

17/10/2021 6:47:00 AM

Melbourne to ease world's longest COVID-19 lockdowns as vaccinations rise

MELBOURNE: Melbourne, which has spent more time under COVID-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week, officials said on Sunday (Oct 17). By Friday, when some curbs will be lifted, the Australian city of 5 million people will have been under six l

On Sunday, Victoria recorded 1,838 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths.Neighbouring New South Wales, which emerged last week from a 100-day lockdown, reported 301 cases and 10 deaths. Eighty percent of the state's people have been fully vaccinated.

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Australia, once a champion of a COVID-zero strategy of managing the pandemic, has been moving towards living with the virus through extensive vaccinations, as the Delta variant has proven too transmissible to suppress.The new strategy makes lockdowns highly unlikely once 80 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated. As of the weekend, around 68 per cent of eligible Australians have been fully inoculated.

Australia's health officials said on Sunday that quarantine-free travel from New Zealand's South Island, where there is no outbreak, will resume on Wednesday. The government is also in discussions with Singapore about reopening travel between the two countries for the fully vaccinated.

Despite the rise in cases in recent months, Australia's coronavirus numbers are low compared to many other developed countries, with just over 143,000 cases and 1,530 deaths.Neighbouring New Zealand, which is also learning to live with COVID-19 by accelerating inoculations, reported 51 new cases on Sunday, 47 of them in the largest city Auckland, which has been in a lockdown since mid-August.

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Singapore PAPSingapore gov will be hoping for surging delta cases in Melbourne after this. Otherwise it will prove that strategy from leehsienloong to declare early endemic is WRONG. Desperate to open up economy in the expenses of human lives! jeftan LawrenceWongST Opening up should have been done long ago, supported by treatments. Before mass vaccinations. Now maybe too late. Too many vaxxed people have their natural immunity 'messed up'..

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