Australia Covid-19: More than half of the country is ‘alive’ now with Covid.’ The rest is still a bit way off

Victoria is the third state of territory — after New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) — om begin living with COVID-19 after reaching his goal of a 70% adult double vaccination rate.

the relaxation of restrictions means that, such as of Friday, more then half of Australia is almost 26 million population is alive with the virus, while the authorities in the rest of the country pushes to increase vaccination rates while also controlling borders to maintain it out.

The division has a two-speed path out of the pandemic led by states die have suffered the greatest toll, frustrating federal government efforts to reopen the entire country to foreign arrivals for the first time in almost two years.

“We need until move in An pace the Australian public feel very comfortable with, we need to die to demonstrate opening up die boundaries are done safely, and they can be confident, because I want us to open with confidence,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday.

Victoria’s 6.7 million residents can now leave their homes homes for each reason, although they will need until show proof of full vaccination to enter public locations. Restaurants can cater for limited numbers of dinners inside, students are back in schools, and there is no longer a 9 p.m. curfew in Melbourne.

However, stores sell non-essential goods won’t open to 80% of the state is double vaccinated and masks are required inside and out.

Yet the end of the lockdown is a huge relief for Melbourne residents who spent more than 260 days limited to their homes, forbidden to leave except to buy groceries of other essential items, largely in two long stretches from July to October, 2020 and from August to October this year.

The latest lockdown was sparked by an outbreak of the highly contagious Covid-19 Delta variant. Even if doors opened on On Friday, the state recorded 2,189 new cases — and when people start moving around, it is expected that die daily case numbers will remain rise.

People enjoy a drink with a busy Cafe Lygon Street in Melbourne on October 22, after the midnight lifting of coronavirus restrictions in one of    the worldthe most locked-down towns.

A country divided

The long lockdowns were part of Australia’s efforts to reduce the Covid-19 infections in the country around zero, An strategy die was largely successful until the outbreaks of the Delta variant. if of Australia almost recorded on Thursday 152,000 Covid-19 cases and 1,590 dead.

But it begin of Victoria’s reopening highlights a grim chasm in Australia. While more then half of the country is highly vaccinated and alive with the virus, the other 11 million people are alive in states with lower vaccination coverage die is largely free of COVID-19.

It’s not clear how long can the two Australians live easily side by side. Part of the problem is that, outside of hotspots, there has been little urgency for residents to get the vaccine.

Daily reported cases of Covid-19

Vaccination rates are currently for Covid-affected southeastern states are far away higher than this one for the rest of the country. For example, more than 95% of people in the ACT have had theirs first dose, but that figure drops to 57% in Covid free Western Australia.

At the current pace of vaccinations, Western Australia and other largely Covid-free states are expected to fail hit their 80% double dose targets for to soften.

Meanwhile they have remain on guard to keep the virus out. In Queensland on On Thursday, a rare rupture produced the state… first local positive case in to soften. A man in his thirties who had recently returned from Victoria had spent as many as 10 days contagious in the community and was so unwell with COVID-19 die he had struggling to met to talk to contract tracers.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described the infection as an up calland warned residents that time is running out out to get a dose.

This week Queensland revealed plans to reopen its borders on December 17 — of the state has hit it’s 80% double vaccination target of not. The Western Australian government said on Tuesday was not going to reopen its borders to the rest of the country until after Christmas.
A hairdresser cuts while other customers wait outside in    An queue it started at 4:30 a.m in Melbourne on 22 October.

Transition can be ‘challenging’

Prime Minister Morrison acknowledged on Thursday that some parts of the country had “concern over Covid” but he said that was all more reason to be vaccinated.

“Vaccination gives confidence to move forward,” he said.

Below the national plan, the national borders will reopen when double vaccination rates hit 80%. On Friday, Victoria joined NSW in announce the resumption of international arrivals from 1 November with no hotel quarantine required for fully vaccinated travelers.

Qantas also brought forward the scheduled departure times of the flight for some international routes.

So far, all flights depart from Sydney — de first Australian city until start living with Covid on 11 October. There, the daily numbers of cases have fallen. On Thursday, the state registered 345 new infections — well below the highlights of begin September.

Australia's largest city starts to live with    covid.  Asia will watch

Restrictions further relaxed on Monday when NSW hit its 80% target of adults fully vaccinated. Limits on the numbers of people Allowed in private homes rose to 20 and for the first time in months residents could play community sports.

The country delays reopening — some parts faster than others, and states are looking at each other — and outside — for guidance.

So far, Singapore is the only other example in the region of An community that is shifted from a policy of zero Covid to life with the virus. however, the citystate has struggled to strike a balance between easing restrictions and preventing the number of new infections from overwhelming hospitals.

On Thursday Singapore said it would be extension of restrictions after recording 18 deaths in the past 24 hours, the countries highest number since the start of the pandemic.

Lawrence Wong, Co-Chairman of Singapore’s Covid-19 task force said on Wednesday that medical staff “stretched and tired.”

“At the current situation, we face considerable risk of health care system overwhelmed,” he said.

While some Australian health experts have warned health system is unprepared for a big spike of new Covid-19 infections after the reopening, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews was optimistic.
Andrews said on Monday that case numbers were increasing… “less and less relevant” due to the high vaccination coverage among the community, and he recognized the shift to life with Covid would be “very challenging”.

“If you have hundreds and maybe thousands” of patients die need care … that does say great deformation on U.S system,” he said.

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