Australia: Rising vaccinations loosen measures in Sydney

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Sydney, its largest city Australia, will further loosen the restrictions of social distancing tomorrow, Monday, a month after his exit from the lockdown due to the coronavirus that lasted almost 100 days, as almost 90% of the population has already received both doses of vaccines, officials said.

Although the relaxation of measures in the state of New South Wales, where Sydney is located, is limited to people who are fully vaccinated, within its framework among other things, the limits for the guests in a house or for the outdoor gatherings are lifted.

“We are leading the nation out of the pandemic”, said State Prime Minister Dominique Perotet, who called for a “final effort” to achieve, even to exceed, the milestone of 95% vaccinated.

Hundreds of people protested against the vaccine in Sydney today, but Vaccine response is very limited in Australia, where polls show that vaccination opponents have single-digit percentages.

The southeastern state of Victoria has recorded most of Australia’s 1,417 new coronavirus cases, with public health figures showing another 10 deaths.

There are no new cases in the remote Northern Territory, where the lockdown was extended until tomorrow, Monday, at midnight to deal with a small outbreak in some areas.

Australia exceeds 80% of fully vaccinated.

“This fact gives us confidence to open up”, said today in an interview with Channel 9 the federal Minister of Finance Simon Birmingham.

Australia on Monday eased restrictions on international borders, for the first time during the pandemic, but only for its citizens vaccinated by states with high vaccination rates.

However, inland travel is still hampered as most states keep internal borders closed. The state of Western Australia will reopen when the two-dose vaccination rate reaches 90%, its prime minister has announced.

Despite the variant of Delta, which brought the lockdowns for months to the two largest cities of Sydney and Melbourne, the Covid-19 case report in Australia is much lower than that of many developed countries, as the country has recorded little more than 180,000 cases and 1,597 deaths.

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