Australia curfew raised in Sydney where the number of COVID-19 cases remains stable

15:25  15 september  2021
15:25  15 september  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Couvre-feu levé à Sydney où le nombre de cas de Covid-19 demeure stable © AFP

L ES authorities announced Wednesday the curfew in the neighborhoods of Sydney most affected by the coronavirus, at the moment where the number of cases stabilizes and the vaccination rate progresses.

Nearly three months after the entry into force of the containment of the largest city of Australia , this measure, which prohibited the outings between 21:00 to 5:00, will end on Wednesday.

This new news has been perceived by its inhabitants as a first step towards the end of the confinement.

The number of daily contaminations is stable, located about 1.300 per day. In addition, about 80% of the inhabitants of the state of New South Wales, the most populous of the immense continent island, received at least one dose of vaccine.

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The Prime Minister of that State, Gladys Berejiklian, however, called for the inhabitants to remain vigilant and to respect the confinement in order to prevent the situation from deterring again.

Most Sydney residents are allowed to leave their home only to buy food, practice physical activity or follow medical treatment.

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Schools, bars, restaurants and offices are closed since the end of June and the trips are not authorized beyond five kilometers.

Ms. Berejiklian had announced that many restrictions would be lifted when 70% of the inhabitants are entirely vaccinated during the month of October.

"We know it was difficult, but there are only a few weeks left before we reach 70% (people) received two doses," she said.

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Only these will be affected by the lifting of measurements.

"It's very clear. If you are not vaccinated, you will not be able to go to the restaurant. You will not be able to go to a cafe," the premier said.

The prohibition against Australians to leave the country for 18 months must end in mid-December, which suggests a reopening of the borders and a resumption of international travel.

During most of the pandemic, Australia recorded a lowest contamination rate in the world with its "zero covid" strategy, consisting of strict closing of borders, a search for contacts and Intense screening campaigns.

The epidemic renewal due to the Variant Delta mid-June in Sydney has resulted in a change in strategy and greater accession of the population to vaccination against CVIV-19.

Ms. Berejiklian warned that with 20% of people still not vaccinated, the number of hospitalizations and deaths could flambé at the lifting of Sydney's confinement.

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