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COVID-19 cases in Australia’s Victoria hit record daily high

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SYDNEY, Oct 14 (Reuters) – COVID-19 infections in Australia’s Victoria hit a pandemic record on Thursday as Melbourne, the state capital, appears to exit its lockdown subsequent week, a number of days forward of plan, helped by a faster-than-expected vaccine uptake.

The surge in daily cases comes as Victoria nears the 70% threshold for double-dose vaccinations amongst eligible adults, when authorities have promised to finish a months-long lockdown, in opposition to the unique Oct. 26 forecast.

Victoria logged 2,297 new cases on Thursday, the very best variety of any state or territory in the nation because the pandemic started. Eleven new deaths had been recorded.

Most new cases had been detected in Melbourne, with town now clearly on the centre of the nation’s Delta outbreak.

Sydney, the place the primary case was detected in mid-June, continued a downward development in new cases. Daily infections in New South Wales eased additional to 406 on Thursday, the bulk in Sydney, nicely down from the state’s pandemic high of 1,599 hit in early September.

Sydney might take pleasure in extra freedoms from Monday, beating forecasts by every week, because the proportion of absolutely vaccinated individuals above 16 is anticipated to high 80% this weekend. The metropolis got here out of a lockdown of greater than 100 days earlier this week. learn extra

As Sydney and Melbourne goal to start to live with COVID-19, some virus-free states have flagged they might delay their reopening plans even after increased vaccinations amid fears outbreaks might overwhelm hospitals.

Officials are bracing for a spike in infections in Australia’s two largest cities as soon as powerful restrictions finish, however they hope increased vaccination charges will restrict hospitalisations.

Higher inoculation protection among the many most weak populations has helped Australia to maintain its demise fee from the Delta flare-up decrease than final 12 months’s outbreaks. Still, Delta has accounted for about 77% of the nation’s 136,000 cases. Total deaths stand at 1,495 because the pandemic started.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt on Thursday mentioned Australia’s medical regulator has allowed Pfizer (PFE.N) to submit an software to permit five-to 11-year-olds to be vaccinated with its COVID-19 vaccine.

Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Lincoln Feast.

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