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Victoria Covid update: Melbourne lockdown to end on Friday as state reaches 70% vaccination rate

Victoria Covid update: Melbourne lockdown to end on Friday as state reaches 70% vaccination rate

10/17/2021 4:05:00 AM

Victoria Covid update: Melbourne lockdown to end on Friday as state reaches 70% vaccination rate

Premier Daniel Andrews says it’s ‘absolutely amazing’ Victoria is so closely aligned to NSW when it comes to vaccination rates and reopening

Photograph: Daniel Pockett/AAPVictoria is forecast to reach the 70% vaccination milestone as early as Thursday because of soaring second-dose rates.Photograph: Daniel Pockett/AAPSun 17 Oct 2021 01.47 BSTLast modified on Sun 17 Oct 2021 02.07 BSTMelbourne’s sixth long-running Covid lockdown will end five days earlier than anticipated as Victoria races to its 70% fully vaccinated target.

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The state’s premier,Daniel Andrews, made the announcement on Sunday, saying now was the time for Victorians to celebrate.“As of 11.59pm Thursday there will be no lockdown, no restrictions on leaving home and no curfew,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.

Victoria reported 1,838 new local Covid-19 cases and seven deaths on Sunday.Under the state’s roadmap, the city’s current lockdown – which has run for 73 days – was due to end on October 26, the initial date when 70% of those aged over 16 were expected to be doubled-dosed.

However, Victoria is now forecast to reach that milestone as early as Thursday because of soaring second-dose rates. The state is expected to reach 90% of first doses by Monday or Tuesday, the premier said.Read moreFrom Friday, there will be no restrictions on people leaving their home or a curfew, and no travel limit within metropolitan Melbourne. People in the city still won’t be able to visit regional Victoria, however.

Ten visitors, including dependents, will be able to visit a home each day. Outdoor gatherings will increase to 15 people. Up to 20 fully vaccinated people will be allowed inside at hospitality venues with 50 outside, subject to density limits.Andrews and the chief health officer, Prof Brett Sutton, said last week that they were open to taking the first step out of lockdown earlier in line with reaching vaccination coverage goals.

Restrictions will ease further when 80% of the eligible population has received both vaccine doses – originally projected for 5 November but now likely earlier.“Today is a day where every Victorian should be proud,” Andrews said on Sunday. “It is absolutely amazing to be this closely aligned to New South Wales, to be only just a couple of weeks behind NSW, when we know and understand just how much extra vaccine went there, is a credit to every single Victorian.”

The latest data shows 88% of Victoria’s over-16 population have had one vaccine dose and 65% both doses.Bring forward the haircut and tell Mum you'll be round for dinner.Lockdown will end at 11.59pm on Thursday. Read more: The Guardian »

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Covid live news update: Victoria premier to announce lockdown end date; NSW students prepare for schoolCommunity sport and dancing at hospitality venues will also be back in NSW after the state reached 80% double-dose vaccination rate Gotta be an end to lockdown sometime

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