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COVID-19 infections linger near record levels in Australia’s Victoria


SYDNEY, Oct 15 (Reuters) – COVID-19 instances in Australia’s Victoria hovered near record levels on Friday, whilst authorities look set to raise lockdown restrictions subsequent week in Melbourne, the state capital, because the state nears a key vaccination milestone.

A complete of two,179 new domestically acquired instances have been reported in Victoria, the bulk in Melbourne, down from a record 2,297 a day earlier. State Premier Daniel Andrews has stated some curbs will ease subsequent week as Victoria’s double-dose vaccination levels race in the direction of the 70% mark from 63% now. learn extra

Australia had stayed largely virus-free for many of this 12 months till a 3rd wave of infections fuelled by the fast-moving Delta variant unfold throughout its southeast from late June, forcing a months-long lockdown in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

Canberra, the nationwide capital, on Friday exited its greater than two-month lockdown, permitting cafes, pubs and gymnasiums to reopen with strict social distancing guidelines.

Sydney lifted its stay-home orders earlier this week and the town’s 5 million residents may get pleasure from extra freedoms from Monday, as double-dose vaccination charges are anticipated to high 80% over the weekend – the extent at which officers have promised to calm down extra restrictions.

However, journey to regional areas from Greater Sydney will probably be delayed till Nov. 1 as a consequence of decrease vaccination charges there versus Sydney, New South Wales Deputy Premier Paul Toole instructed radio station 2GB on Friday.

Daily infections in New South Wales eased additional to 399 from 406 on Thursday, properly down from the state’s pandemic excessive of 1,599 in early September.

The federal authorities has been urgent states to reopen their borders however some virus-free states have stated they might delay reopening plans amid considerations {that a} fast reopening may overwhelm their well being techniques.

The nation’s general coronavirus numbers are nonetheless comparatively low, with some 139,000 instances and 1,506 deaths.

Reporting by Renju Jose; modifying by Richard Pullin

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