Sydney’s unvaccinated warned of social isolation when the COVID-19 lockdown ends

A health worker is stationed in a testing clinic for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) set up for Residents of surrounding public residential towers in the suburb of Redfern, where authorities are working to contain an emerging cluster of cases, as widespread lockdown continues in Sydney, Australia, September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

  • Australia’s total COVID-19 cases top 100,000
  • Officials warn unvaccinated face ‘difficult life indefinitely’
  • Daily Case Numbers in Hot spots in Sydney, Melbourne climb
  • Queensland reports first mystery case in almost two months

SYDNEY, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Sydney residents who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 risk be excluded from various social activities, even if they are delivered from home orders in December, New South Wales State Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian warned: on Tuesday.

Under a step-by-step plan to leave the lockdown in Australia’s largest city, not vaccinated people to be already subject to delays in freedoms die will be gradually granted to vaccinated residents between October 11 and December 1.

Berejiklian said people who choosing not to be vaccinated may be denied entry shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, even after the state lifts all restrictions against them on December 1st

“A lot of companies have said they will not accept anyone who is not vaccinated,” Berejiklian told Seven News on Tuesday. “Life for the unvaccinated will be very difficult indefinitely.”

The two-tier system, designed encourage more people to get vaccinated has been criticized for both punishing vulnerable groups who have not had access to vaccinations and for fail of providing a real reward for the vaccine hesitates.

Pubs, cafes, gyms and hairdressers do reopen for fully vaccinated people on 11 October in New South Wales, home to Sydney, and more curbs are lit as soon as 80% of it’s mature population will be fully vaccinated, expected by the end of October.

Australia aims for faster reopening through higher vaccination coverage despite ongoing infections, largely in are two largest cities of Sydney and Melbourne. By with the capital Canberra, both cities are in a week-long lockdown.

The Delta-fueled outbreak has divided state and territory leaders, with some preside over virus free parts of the country indicating they will defy a federal plan to reopen internal borders once the adult population reaches 80% vaccination, expected in November. The national vaccine rate is currently about 52%.

the federal minister of Public Health Greg Hunt welcomed the New South Wales roadmap and urged people be vaccinated if soon if possible.

“The strongest possible reason getting vaccinated is saving your life,” Hunt said.

CASES TOP 100,000

The number of COVID-19 cases recorded by Australia since the begin of the pandemic reached 100,000 on Tuesday, with about 70% of die have been detected since a wave fed by a Delta variant hit the country in mid June.

New South Wales reported 863 new cases on Tuesday, up from 787 a day earlier, and seven new deaths. Neighboring Victoria reported 867 new cases, the largest daily rise ever, and four dead.

The Northeastern State of Queensland reported four cases, including his first mystery case in almost two months. Officials rush to track down source after an airline worker, who has not traveled between states of overseas recently contracted the virus.

While the state is on high alert, officials stopped short of enforce a lockdown.

Australia had done relatively well until the latest wave, but a slow roll-out of vaccines left it is vulnerable to the more virulent Delta strain. Deaths stand at 1,256, but the mortality rate of Delta is lower than last year because of higher vaccination coverage among the vulnerable population.

In New South Wales, the number of people hospitalized dropped to 1,155 from 1,266 a week ago as dual-dose vaccination levels in people old over 16 topped 60% in the state.

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(This story was re-deposited to fix typo in name of NSW State Prime Minister in paragraphs 1 and 3)

Reporting by Renju Jose; adaptation by Jane Wardell

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