The Australian state of New South Wales has recorded 13 new deaths and 1,083 more locally acquired cases of COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours.
Gladys Berejiklian, president of New South Wales, speaking to reporters in Sydney on Sunday, said: “New South Wales has reached 81.9% of the first doses. I couldn’t be happier with this rate. “We would love to reach 90% as much as possible, but we know that once we reach 70% of the double dose and 80% of the double dose, life will be much better than what we are experiencing now.”
Berejiklian also said some restrictions will be reduced from Monday, including the time limit for outdoor exercise and weddings with up to 11 people allowed.
Meanwhile, the state of Victoria recorded one death and 507 new cases acquired by the COVID-19 community in the last 24 hours.
Of the new cases, 282 are related to known outbreaks or other cases.
Speaking to reporters in Melbourne on Sunday, Victoria’s Prime Minister Andrew Andrews said: “The blockades have been to gain time to get 70 and 80% vaccinated. We are fast approaching these milestones. Right now. we have to open the place, because staying closed forever has its own cost in every sense of the word. “
Andrews also outlined a roadmap for the end of the closure that is not expected to end until the end of October with greater freedom granted to Victorians once 80% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. Currently, just over 43% of the population is fully vaccinated.
58,619 tests were performed in Victoria on Saturday and 43,441 vaccines were administered.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) recorded 17 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
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