The Australian state of New South Wales announced an increase of more than 1,000 new local cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the highest since the start of the pandemic. This was reported by the DPA and AFP.
In New South Wales, which includes Sydney’s most populous city, a record 1,029 covide-infected people have arrived in 24 hours.
More than half of Australia’s 25 million people have been living in a strict lockdown for weeks. Sydney is no exception, where restrictions on going out have been in place for two months. Residents can only leave their homes under certain conditions and night restrictions are in place.
Slight relaxation of restrictions for vaccinated persons
Despite rising numbers and growing pressure on hospitals, New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced a slight easing of restrictions on vaccinated people since mid-September. From 13 September, for example, a maximum of five fully vaccinated people will be allowed outside, but only within a radius of five kilometers from the place of residence. This will apply to areas outside of Sydney hotspots. As part of them, vaccinated adults will be able to meet outside for recreation, but they will have to comply with the hourly limit.
The change will also be due to the fact that this country, with a population of around eight million, has managed to meet the vaccination target of six million doses of vaccines given. Berejiklian announced that when vaccination reaches 70 percent of the population, there will be a further relaxation of the rules.
The state of Victoria, which is struggling with a small outbreak of the disease spreading from Melbourne, reported 80 new cases of the disease on Thursday.
Almost a third of adults are vaccinated
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been almost 48,000 cases of the disease in Australia; almost 1,000 people died in connection with COVID-19. Almost a third of adults in Australia are vaccinated against covid.
The AP reports that the highest daily number of people infected since April 2020 was reported by New Zealand on Thursday. Their number rose by 68 to a total of 277. The government introduced a strict lockdown in this situation last week – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stressed on Thursday that she is confident that the lockdown will take over and the number of infected will soon begin to decline.
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