A total of 1,420 new locally acquired cases were reported in Victoria, most of them in the state capital of Melbourne, compared to a record 1,763 on Tuesday. Eleven new deaths have been reported, the country’s largest daily number in the current outbreak.
Melbourne has been on blockade since Aug. 5 as Australia fights a third wave of infections fueled by fast-growing Delta an option that has also invested millions in Sydney, its largest city and capital Canberra, with strict rules for staying at home. Most other countries have a zero or low register.
Victorian authorities plan to ease some strict restrictions after 70% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, which is expected in late October. More curbs will be relieved at 80%.
In neighboring New South Wales, Sydney is due to leave the blockade on October 11, following a rapid vaccination program. About 68% of the adult population is fully vaccinated in the state, with the number expected to reach 70% by Thursday. Daily infections fell below 600 for the first time in more than seven weeks on Wednesday.
The newly elected Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet he said he would “raise a number of issues” over plans to resume the state at a meeting with health officials later on wednesday.
“Whatever we do, we want to make sure it’s done in a way that protects people … but in the end, it’s important to bring people back to the city because we want to breathe life into Sydney,” Perotete told 2GB .
The number of people infected in Australia is lower than in many comparable countries, with about 117,800 cases and 1,379 deaths. Increased vaccination levels have kept mortality in Delta’s current expansion under last year’s outbreaks.