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the inhabitants of Sydney came out of almost four months of strict containment, decreed in the largest city in Australia to train at the CVIV-19 epidemic.
In this city of five million inhabitants, a confinement had been decided in the summer to prevent the spread of the alternative alternative of the coronavirus, highly contagious.
It has been lifted after 106 days of restrictions, in view of the decline in contaminations - 496 cases recorded Monday in the state of New South Wales, the most populous of the country - and the progress of vaccination, With more than 70% of the population over 16 years old completely vaccinated.
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Some public places like bars or restaurants are open again for vaccinated guests.
Peter Morgan, 35, did not blame her pleasure to recover freedom. "Even if he freezes out, it's so good," he welcomed himself. "These are small pleasures that compensate for much of the stress related to confinement".
The hairdressers reopened with an appointment book already full and in the morning, queues were formed, despite a mausading weather. Brett Toelle, a client from the Surry Hills show, whose last cut goes back 15 weeks, was "impatient" to have a styard.
Shopping addicts were delighted to finally indulge in their favorite activity.
At midnight, the official time of the containment, hundreds of people flocked to Kmart, a stock offering low cost products in Mount Druitt, in the western suburbs of Sydney. Images of long tails at the crates have invaded social networks.
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Since June, shops, schools, businesses and businesses were closed for so-called "non-essential" activities. Travel were limited to five kilometers from home and it was not possible to visit nearby, practicing sports activity, shopping or attending funerals.
- "A great day" -
"Few countries have adopted such a strict or even extreme approach in their management of COVID than Australia," said AFP Tim Soutphommasane, University and former Australian Commissioner at the discrimination.
widely spared during the first months of the pandemic thanks to a "zero covid" strategy, at the closure of its borders and a massive screening policy, Australia has undergone a winter wave related to the spread of the Variant Delta, which Forced the two largest cities of the country, Sydney and Melbourne, to impose a confinement of several months.
"It's a great day for our state," said Dominic Perrott, recently appointed Conservative Prime Minister of New South Wales. After "100 days of blood, sweat and without beer," he added, "you deserved it".
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Mr. Perrottet encouraged clients to treat the staff with kindness, fearing tensions related to the prohibition of non-vaccinated persons in some institutions.
The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised this day like that of the small pleasures found: "To be with his family and his friends, to cut the hair, take a meal together, go to the pub and drink a beer with his friends".
Restrictions will continue a few weeks for gatherings and trips abroad, and it would also be necessary to wait for the complete reopening of schools.
However, everyday life started Monday to resume its normal course. The inhabitants have again queued at bus stops and car traffic was much denser.
A rebound of contamination is also dreaded.
The Australian medical association said to support "the gradual opening of the economy and the relaxation of restrictions", however, judging "essential to observe the impact of each step on the transmission and the number of cases".
"Otherwise, New South Wales could still see the hospitals become completely overwhelmed despite high vaccination rates," added the health organization.
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