AUSTRALIA NEWS: Australian Victoria continues to report high Covid-19 cases

Victoria Victoria’s Covid-19 cases are at an all-time high on Friday, as authorities look set to lift bans on future weeks in Melbourne, the country’s capital, as the state approaches a major vaccine crisis.

A total of 2,179 cases found in the area were reported in Victoria, most of them in Melbourne, down from a record 2,297 a day earlier. Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said some of the reductions would be reduced next week as Victoria’s two-dose vaccination rate jumped to 70% from 63% now.

Australia remained virtually free of infection for about a year until the third wave of infection caused by Delta’s main diversification spread to its southeast of late June, forcing months of closure in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

Canberra, the national capital, on Friday vacated more than two months of closure, allowed cafes, restaurants and gymnasiums to reopen and there were strict segregation rules.

Sydney lifted its residential orders earlier this week and the city’s five million residents could enjoy more freedom from Monday, as two-point vaccination rates are expected to be as high as 80% over the weekend – a level that officials have promised to reduce by many restrictions.

However, regional visits from Greater Sydney will be delayed until November 1 due to lower vaccination rates compared to Sydney, New South Wales Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole told 2GB radio station on Friday.

Daily infections in New South Wales dropped to 399 from 406 on Thursday, far from the state epidemic of 1,599 at the beginning of September.

The coalition government has been pushing countries to open their borders but some HIV-negative states have said they may delay the opening of programs amid concerns that a quick reopening could overtake their health plans.

The world’s total coronavirus numbers are still relatively low, with about 139,000 cases and 1,506 deaths.

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