COVID-19 cases rise in Australia, but vaccination boom raises hope

COVID-19 cases rise in Australia, but vaccination boom raises hope
A COVID-19 cluster emerges at social housing towers in Sydney
Health workers provide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests and vaccinations to residents of nearby public housing towers in the suburb of Redfern, where officials are working to contain an emerging cluster of cases, as they stand in Sydney, Australia The widespread lockdown continues on 16 September. 2021. Reuters/Lauren Elliott

September 16, 2021

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s state of Victoria on Thursday reported its biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases of the year, as an increase in vaccinations across the country pushed up restrictions with nearly 70% of the adult population. Was expected to be relaxed, which was the first dose.

Melbourne city home Victoria detected 514 new infections, higher than the previous daily high of 473 on Monday.

Australia’s biggest cities Sydney and Melbourne have ramped up their vaccination campaigns as the country struggles to contain a third wave of infections fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant, about half of the 25 million population required to stay dire. Keeps under order.

Still, Australia’s coronavirus infection rates are much lower than those of many other countries, with some 80,000 cases and 1,128 deaths, and officials have promised to ease a number of tough restrictions that, perhaps next month, will bring more people to both their After getting the vaccine shot.

“That 70% double dose and 80% double dose mark is within clear vision. Keep going to Australia,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said during a media briefing in Canberra.

Under a reopening plan unveiled in July, the federal government will urge states and territories to start living with the virus once those high targets are reached.

So far, 44% of people over the age of 16 have been fully vaccinated while 69% have received at least one dose.

Officials in New South Wales, at the center of the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak, have urged their residents to get their shots as soon as they can, as they reported 12 new deaths from the virus, 10 of which were not vaccinated. was imposed.

A total of 1,351 new cases were detected in the state, most of them in its capital Sydney, up from 1,259.

A nightly curfew in Sydney’s 12 hard-hit western suburbs ended on Wednesday night amid high vaccination rates.

In Victoria, coverage of the first dose will reach 70% on Friday, officials said, when some restrictions on travel and outdoor exercise are eased in Melbourne.

Melbourne’s 5 million residents are stuck in their sixth lockdown, the most of any Australian city since the pandemic began.

Lockdown protests are being planned in Melbourne over the weekend and authorities are trying to avert it by halting public transport and deploying thousands of police.

(Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Sam Holmes, Robert Birsel)

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