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Sydney to exit COVID-19 lockdown next week after vaccination rate hits 70%

COVID-19 Restrictions will be further eased in Sydney from Monday, officials said, as Australia’s largest city prepares to exit a nearly four-month lockdown after meeting its 70% complete vaccination target.

Fully vaccinated people in the state of New South Wales (NSW) will be able to leave their homes for any reason, including visiting pubs, retail stores, cinemas and gyms, which will reopen under strict rules. social distancing Rule.

The number of vaccinated visitors allowed to gather in a home will be doubled to 10, while the limit for vaccinated people at weddings and funerals will be increased to 100. Nightclubs may partially reopen for people once vaccinated, when immunizations reach 80%, which was earlier than previously planned. And masks will not be mandatory in offices.

The state will use the vaccination-passport system to ensure that those who have not been fully vaccinated remain under strict stay-at-home orders until December 1.

“Vaccination is the key to our freedom and the sacrifices and efforts of the people in NSW have ensured that we open up as quickly and safely as possible,” state Premier Dominic Perrot told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest cities, and the capital Canberra have been under lockdown for weeks to contain the Delta outbreak, which pushed Australia’s A$2 trillion ($1.5 trillion) economy to the brink of a second recession in as many years. Have given.

 

Authorities in those cities have abandoned efforts to eradicate the virus and are now aiming to gradually lift restrictions as vaccination rates in the adult population rise to 70%, 80% and 90%.

Australia had been virus-free for much of this year, until a third wave of infections spread southeast by a rapidly expanding delta.

Nevertheless, its coronavirus The numbers are relatively low, with some 120,000 cases and 1,381 deaths. Daily infections in New South Wales fell to 587, the lowest in more than seven weeks, on Thursday, while cases in Victoria rose to 1,638, the second-highest daily increase in infections.

States with very few cases say they will keep their borders to NSW and Victoria closed even after full vaccination levels reach 80%, amid concerns that a rapid reopening will affect their health systems.

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