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Australia Dan Andrews provides relief to Victorians struck in NSW with new rules

05:50  23 september  2021
05:50  23 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Dan Andrews slammed for 'seeking conflict' over jab at Scott Morrison

  Dan Andrews slammed for 'seeking conflict' over jab at Scott Morrison The Victoria premier on Sunday learned during a press conference that his state would get an extra 400,000 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in September. He said it was 'fantastic news' but took a swipe at Scott Morrison, saying: 'Maybe if they had been ordered last year they would be arms already.'Mr Hunt fired back on Monday, saying Mr Andrews was trying to 'divert' attention and criticise the Prime Minister. 'There was a major announcement. For whatever reason, there may have been a desire to divert. They've achieved that outcome,' he told 3AW radio.'We're always working with all of the states.

Dan Andrews offers much needed relief to Victorians trapped in NSW as new rules are brought in Fully vaccinated Victorians can return from extreme risk zones within a week Also recorded the most new Covid cases in a day across the state with 766

Premier Dan Andrews has provided some much needed relief for Victorian ’s trapped in New South Wales with new rules on interstate travel. The state has broken two grim Covid records on the same day as it prepares for its outbreak to get even worse. Mr Andrews announced double-vaccinated Victorians in an extreme risk zone will be eligible to return home if they have a negative test 72 hours prior to leaving NSW . Returnees will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in Victoria , with the new rules to come into place from September 30. Melbourne shattered the world record for

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Premier Dan Andrews has announced fully vaccinated Victorians currently trapped in New South Wales can return home within a week.

The state has broken two grim Covid records on the same day as it prepares for its outbreak to get even worse.

Mr Andrews said vaccinated Victorians in extreme risk zones will be eligible to return to the state if they return a negative test 72 hours prior to their departure.

Returnees will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in Victoria, with the new rules to take effect from September 30.

Melbourne shattered the world record for the most days in lockdown since the pandemic with 235, and recorded 766 new Covid cases and four deaths.

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Premier Dan Andrews has provided some much needed relief for Victorian ’s trapped in New South Wales with new rules on interstate travel. The state has broken two grim Covid records on the same day as it prepares for its outbreak to get even worse. Mr Andrews announced double-vaccinated Victorians in an extreme risk zone will be eligible to return home if they have a negative test 72 hours prior to leaving NSW . Returnees will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in Victoria , with the new rules to come into place from September 30. Melbourne shattered the world record for

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Victorian Premier Dan Andrews (pictured) has provided some much needed relief for Victorian's trapped in New South Wales with new rules on interstate travel © Provided by Daily Mail Victorian Premier Dan Andrews (pictured) has provided some much needed relief for Victorian's trapped in New South Wales with new rules on interstate travel The premier confirmed the Town Hall vaccination clinic had been forced to close on Thursday following 'ugly behaviour' at the site the day previous (pictured, protesters on Wednesday) © Provided by Daily Mail The premier confirmed the Town Hall vaccination clinic had been forced to close on Thursday following 'ugly behaviour' at the site the day previous (pictured, protesters on Wednesday)

Mr Andrews said the new travel rules would provide some much needed relief for residents who have been trapped in NSW for a 'lengthy period'.

'I know it has been a real inconvenience and challenge for those people and their families,' Mr Andrews told reporters on Thursday.

'It is essentially home quarantine, if you are double vaxxed and have a negative test within three days of coming home, then that all begins on the 30th.'

Relief coming for millions of Melburnians as lockdown measures ease

  Relief coming for millions of Melburnians as lockdown measures ease Daniel Andrews is set to reward long-suffering Melburnians with new freedoms as a key single-dose vaccination target is reached, providing relief for millions enduring 229 days locked down.Daniel Andrews is poised to give long-suffering residents more freedoms after 70 per cent of the state have received their first vaccine dose, which is expected to come on Thursday.

Victoria had 34,808 new infections on Monday – 21 per cent less than on Sunday. By Charlotte Karp For Daily Mail Australia. The Victorian premier issued a statement on Monday urging people who work in healthcare, aged care, disability, emergency services, correctional facilities, quarantine accommodation and hospitality to get their third jab. Employees will be required to show their boss a vaccine certificate to prove they had the mandatory booster.

The new law would allow the government to let protective services officers and WorkSafe inspectors enforce public health directions such as Melbourne 's 9pm curfew and strict gathering limits. The unprecedented plan would also allow officials to arrest people they suspect may spread coronavirus even if they have done nothing wrong. Victorians could be arrested and detained by public servants, union officials or anyone else the government authorises under an extraordinary new law that Daniel Andrews wants to pass.

Returnees will also undergo a test at the start and end of their quarantine period.

Mr Andrews estimated there were several thousand Victorians currently trapped in Greater Sydney and the ACT that can apply for a travel permit.

He said if a traveller doesn't have a safe place to go on their return to Victoria the state government would provide arrangements for that person.

Current extreme risk zone rules will remain in place for the unvaccinated, who can still apply for an exemption to enter the state under the existing limited criteria.

Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) estimated there were several thousand Victorians currently trapped in extreme risk zones that can apply for a travel permit © Provided by Daily Mail Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) estimated there were several thousand Victorians currently trapped in extreme risk zones that can apply for a travel permit

The Premier confirmed Melbourne's Town Hall vaccination site was forced to close on Thursday due to risks posed by violent anti-vax protests.

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Daniel Andrews has warned Victorians who choose not to be vaccinated against Covid-19 without a valid reason face restrictions well into next year. NSW has a flagged a looming vaccine reprieve, with unvaccinated residents able to enjoy the same freedoms as vaccinated people from December 1. When asked if Victoria would consider a similar approach the Premier said he “didn’t think so”. “For example, the Grand Prix is in April, I don’t think there will be crowds at the Grand Prix made up of people who have not been double dosed,” he said.

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He said healthcare workers at the site were providing vaccines to some 'of the most vulnerable in the community,' but had been treated appallingly.

Mr Andrews said three days of consecutive protests had not swayed his decision to impose mandatory vaccinations for construction workers.

'Let's not have the ugly actions of a small number detract from the amazing work that the vast majority of people across the state are doing, following the rules, making huge sacrifices,' he said.

'We're so close to getting that 80 per cent single dose, the 70 per cent double dose and then 8 per cent double dose and delivering the road map agreed to by all political leaders. That's what I'm passionate and committed to doing.'

Victoria's 766 new cases is the highest number of daily infections the state has reported throughout the entire pandemic.

Argentinian capital Buenos Aires held the unfortunate record with 234 total days stuck in lockdown until today when it was surpassed.

Melbourne has suffered through six lockdowns, the longest being about five months last year during its second wave that killed more than 900 people.

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That outbreak peaked at 723 new cases on July 29 last year, 43 fewer than today's total with warnings it will pass NSW's high watermark of 1,599 on September 11.

Melbourne has suffered through six lockdowns, the longest being about five months last year during its second wave that killed more than 900 people (pictured, a rapid Covid test) © Provided by Daily Mail Melbourne has suffered through six lockdowns, the longest being about five months last year during its second wave that killed more than 900 people (pictured, a rapid Covid test)

It comes modelling warns daily cases could climb as high as 4,000, in contrast to the premier's boast he would crush the outbreak with a one-week lockdown.

Instead, the lockdown is in its 11th week and included desperate measures including a curfew, and closing playgrounds and golf courses.

Melburnians are not due to leave lockdown until October 26, by which time it will have spent 267 days in lockdown, but only outdoor retail and hospitality will open.

Victoria's 766 new cases were diagnosed from 62,408 tests and 40,957 vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday.

To further boost this vaccination rate, which hit 45.2 per cent on Wednesday, teachers and early childhood workers must get the jab by November 29.

Of the four deaths recorded on Thursday was a man in his 80s from Moreland, a man in his 70s from Hume, a man in his 80s from Hume, and a woman in her 90s from Hume.

There are 257 people currently in hospital with Covid-19, with 60 in intensive care and 41 currently on a ventilator.

Dan Andrews wants mandatory jabs for ANOTHER group of workers

  Dan Andrews wants mandatory jabs for ANOTHER group of workers The Victorian government is set to announce vaccine mandates for another industry just days after rolling out the measure for construction workers sparked violent mass protests in Melbourne.Education Minister James Merlino is set to announce the policy for teachers this week, with department drafts detailing plans to have all staff fully-vaccinated by the end of the year, according to the Herald Sun.

a person standing in front of a building: Education Minister James Merlino on Wednesday announced all Victorian staff at government and independent schools and all early childhood centres will need to be vaccinated (pictured, Keilor Views Primary School) © Provided by Daily Mail Education Minister James Merlino on Wednesday announced all Victorian staff at government and independent schools and all early childhood centres will need to be vaccinated (pictured, Keilor Views Primary School)

Education Minister James Merlino on Wednesday announced all staff at government and independent schools and all early childhood settings will need to have their first jab by October 18, or have a booking within a week of that date.

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria says it will also make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for teachers and staff in its 498 primary and secondary schools, sticking to the same timelines.

All government school staff will be entitled to half a day of paid time off to get vaccinated.

'Children under 12 do not have access to a vaccine, so we've got to protect our kids, both from contracting the virus and also transmitting the virus when they go home to their families,' Mr Merlino told reporters.

'The best way to do that is to ensure that people who work with our children in early childhood, in care settings, in our schools, that they are all required to be vaccinated.'

Victoria's 766 new cases were diagnosed form 62,408 tests and 40,957 vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday (pictured, a vaccination clinic in Broadmeadows in Melbourne) © Provided by Daily Mail Victoria's 766 new cases were diagnosed form 62,408 tests and 40,957 vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday (pictured, a vaccination clinic in Broadmeadows in Melbourne) a man and a woman looking at the camera: All staff will have to have their first jab by October 18 or have a booking within a week of that date (pictured, a woman receives a Pfizer vaccine) © Provided by Daily Mail All staff will have to have their first jab by October 18 or have a booking within a week of that date (pictured, a woman receives a Pfizer vaccine)

He said priority access would not be given to staff to receive a vaccine as there was 'plenty of capacity' at the state-run hubs, pharmacies and GPs, while a recent survey of 33,000 teachers found 75 per cent were already fully vaccinated.

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The Australian Education Union and Independent Education Union as well as the Early Learning Association of Australia welcomed the announcement.

AEU Victorian branch president Meredith Peace said the union has taken 'every opportunity since vaccinations became available to encourage our members to get a Covid-19 vaccination as soon as they were eligible'.

'The union's position continues to be that our members and the community should follow the public health advice in relation to Covid-19 safety measures, vaccination requirements and the safe return to on-site learning,' she said in a statement.

IEU general secretary Deb James said the 'fastest, safest way out of the pandemic remains for us to get vaccinated'.

  Dan Andrews provides relief to Victorians struck in NSW with new rules © Provided by Daily Mail They will also need to be fully vaccinated before November 29, unless they have a medical exemption (pictured, Bentleigh Secondary College students) © Provided by Daily Mail They will also need to be fully vaccinated before November 29, unless they have a medical exemption (pictured, Bentleigh Secondary College students)

'Overwhelmingly, our members support vaccination as the most important tool to get schools back to normal,' she said.

Mr Merlino also announced the government will spend $190 million to ensure schools are properly ventilated by the start of term four, in what he described as an 'Australian-first unprecedented, massive investment'.

This includes signing a contract with South Korean tech company Samsung to deliver 51,000 air purification devices to every government and low-fee independent school in the state.

Mr Merlino said the devices, which will begin arriving in the state from next week, will be placed in high-risk settings such as sick bays, canteens, staff rooms and music rooms.

As of Wednesday, 45.2 per cent of Victorians have received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine (pictured, a couple exercising in Melbourne) © Provided by Daily Mail As of Wednesday, 45.2 per cent of Victorians have received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine (pictured, a couple exercising in Melbourne) The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria will also apply the mandate to their 498 primary and secondary education centres (pictured, a Melbourne vaccination centre) © Provided by Daily Mail The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria will also apply the mandate to their 498 primary and secondary education centres (pictured, a Melbourne vaccination centre)

Some $60 million will be spent on installing shade sails at 2149 schools to create more outdoor learning space, while a small trial of home antigen testing with students and their families will explore their feasibility.

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A Ventilation Technical Advisory Panel will also be established to undertake further risk assessments of other environments including early childhood settings and youth justice facilities.

Year 12 students in Melbourne are going back to class on October 6 and a staggered return of other years will follow, starting with prep to Year 2s on October 18.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy supported the state government's plan.

'We just want our kids back in school,' he said.

Melbourne recorded four new deaths on Thursday (pictured, people exercise in the city) © Provided by Daily Mail Melbourne recorded four new deaths on Thursday (pictured, people exercise in the city)

The City of Melbourne will push to host a state-government run trial of vaccine passports in order for small businesses to be allowed to immediately reopen.

Timeline of the Covid-19 pandemic in NSW and Victoria

June 16: Lockdown is announced in New South Wales

August 5: Lockdown is announced in Victoria

September 11: NSW records highest daily tally of 1,599 new Covid cases

September 23: Victoria records highest daily tally of 766 new Covid cases

City councillors voted unanimously for the trial to be tested in the city's venues after an overwhelming positive response from businesses in the area.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the trial would come as a relief to small businesses that were 'terrified' of closing down before being permitted to trade properly.

'This trial will deliver hope and insight to businesses big and small and provide the perfect opportunity to start reopening safely,' Ms Capp told the Herald Sun.

Businesses will be given the choice to take part in the trial and open immediately or remain shut until they can reopen under the state government's roadmap.

Meanwhile, Ballarat residents were released from a seven-day lockdown at 11:59pm on Wednesday, as well as around 500 residents in parts of Point Lonsdale.

Mayor of the Central Highlands town Ross Ebbels said the easing of stay-at-home orders was 'sensible' given the high vaccination rates in the inland city.

It comes as Victoria records the nation's lowest vaccination rates for aged-care staff, after government-funded nursing homes were asked to provide records of workplace jab rates on Friday.

State-wide 98.6 per cent of workers have received one dose of a Covid vaccine. In Tasmania 99.5 per cent of workers are single-dosed.

Victorian aged-care workers who are yet to book an appointment for a vaccine have until October 1 to get their first jab, estimated to be about 3100 people.

Victoria has recorded the lowest vaccination rates for aged-care staff with 98.6 per cent of workers having one dose of a Covid vaccine (pictured, people exercising in Melbourne) © Provided by Daily Mail Victoria has recorded the lowest vaccination rates for aged-care staff with 98.6 per cent of workers having one dose of a Covid vaccine (pictured, people exercising in Melbourne)

The city of Melbourne is still reeling from the after-effects of three consecutive days of violent anti-vax protests in the CBD.

The demonstrations initially began in opposition to mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations but have since spiralled into scenes of chaos after Premier Dan Andrews announced a two-week shutdown of the construction industry on Monday night.

The protests hit an all-time low when around 400 attendees stormed the city's Shrine of Remembrance and chanted 'lest we forget' on Wednesday.

Shrine of Remembrance CEO Dean Lee said he was 'appalled' after footage shared online showed police removing rubbish bags from the monument in the hours after the protesters decamped.

Victoria Police made 215 arrests on Wednesday while two officers suffered head injuries after rocks, bottles and other projectiles were thrown at authorities.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has condemned those that protested at the shrine, telling reporters in Washington 'the conduct was disgraceful'.

'This is a sacred place, it's not a place of protest. It was disrespectful and it dishonoured those Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice,' he said.

'I would hope any and all who were engaged in that disgraceful behaviour, would be ashamed.'

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