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Australia Melbourne set to learn lockdown end date

00:32  17 october  2021
00:32  17 october  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

Is the likely surge in Covid cases after NSW's freedom day a worry?

  Is the likely surge in Covid cases after NSW's freedom day a worry? Daily Covid cases have been the most talked about figure throughout the pandemic and could skyrocket with millions of people in NSW mingling in offices, pubs, restaurants, bars from October 11.Health experts Daily Mail Australia spoke to agreed new infections could soar in NSW once restrictions are lifted on October 11, but said a sharp rise in cases would not mean the state should be thrown back into lockdown.

Melburnians are set to learn when their long-running sixth lockdown will lift, with Victoria on track to reach its 70 per cent COVID-19 vaccination target this week.

Victoria is forecast to reach its 70 per cent vaccination milestone as early as Thursday. © Daniel Pockett/AAP PHOTOS Victoria is forecast to reach its 70 per cent vaccination milestone as early as Thursday.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to confirm the exact date Melbourne will exit its sixth lockdown on Sunday.

Under the state's roadmap, the city's lockdown - which has run for 73 days - was due to end on October 26, the predicted date when 70 per cent of those aged over 16 are doubled-dosed.

However, the state is now forecast to reach that milestone as early as Thursday because of soaring second-dose rates.

Dominic Perrottet made heartfelt message to Berejiklian on Freedom Day

  Dominic Perrottet made heartfelt message to Berejiklian on Freedom Day Dominic Perrottet has marked Freedom Day by saying that Gladys Berejiklian is 'with us in spirit' after the former NSW premier resigned just days before reaching the massive milestone.The new NSW premier said Gladys Berejiklian, who resigned barely a week from the end of lockdown after leading the state through its outbreak, was 'with us in spirit'.

Both Mr Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton last week said they were open to taking the first step out of lockdown early, in line with reaching vaccination coverage goals.

Restrictions will ease further when 80 per cent of the eligible population has received both vaccine doses, originally projected for November 5.


Video: Melbourne endures world's longest lockdown (Sky News Australia)

Latest data shows 88.05 per cent of Victoria's over-16 population have had one vaccine dose and 65.02 per cent both.

It comes as a COVID-positive teenager with other health conditions became the youngest victim of the Victoria's third wave.

Coronavirus commander Jeroen Weimar confirmed the 15-year-old girl had died while infected, as the state reported a further 1993 locally acquired cases on Saturday.

She was among seven more reported deaths, taking the state's toll from the current COVID-19 outbreak to 138.

Meanwhile, police squashed another would-be anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine protest in Melbourne on Saturday.

Officers significantly outnumbered the wannabe demonstrators, several of whom were arrested as they attempted to gather at Princes Park in Carlton North.

Organisers flagged other meeting locations using an encrypted social media channel before calling it quits.

Rise in foot traffic offers signs of hope for CBD .
Melbourne's CBD is showing signs of coming back to life as the city emerges from lockdown, but some traders will be hoping for further increases in visitors.However, traders will be hoping numbers continue to rise when indoor retail reopens on Friday evening, given that pedestrian activity in major shopping districts is still well below normal.

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