- The previous daily record for the Victoria pandemic in August 2020
- Double-dose vaccinations in NSW increasing by 1% per day
- Australia’s total number of infections exceeds 90,000
SYDNEY, Sept. 23 (Reuters) – The streets of Melbourne were largely quiet Thursday after three days of protests against the lockdown, with hundreds of police on patrol the city to prevent another rally as cases of COVID-19 in Victoria reached a daily pandemic record.
Police in central Melbourne were checking the reasons people were outside, social media footage showed, after a violent protest Wednesday in Australia’s second-largest city resulted in more than 200 arrests . Read more
A vaccination center at Melbourne City Hall is reportedly closed until Monday after several of its employees were physically and verbally abused on their way to work, the cohealth operator said on Thursday.
“Why would you abuse, as I’m told, why would you want to spit on people who do this kind of work?” Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said at a press conference in Melbourne, the state capital. “It’s ugly, it’s inappropriate. “
Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in the city of 5 million people since authorities earlier this week ordered construction sites to be closed for two weeks and made vaccines mandatory for construction workers to limit the spread virus. Read more
Police and union officials said extremist and far-right groups joined the protests.
Victoria on Thursday reported 766 new locally acquired cases, surpassing its previous daily pandemic record of 725 reached on August 5, 2020, and four new deaths. Neighboring New South Wales reported 1,063 new infections, up from 1,035 a day earlier, and six new deaths.
Australia is fighting a third wave of infections from a Delta variant outbreak in its two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, and its capital Canberra, forcing nearly half of the country’s 25 million people into restrictions strict home stay.
Authorities have vowed to ease lockdown rules once 70% of adults are fully vaccinated, which is expected next month. Some 55.5% of people aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated in New South Wales and around 45% in Victoria.
Double-dose vaccinations in NSW are increasing by around 1% per day, said State Health Minister Brad Hazzard, putting it on track to reach 70% by the 8th. October. Authorities pledged to ease lockdown restrictions on the following Monday. target has reached.
The total number of infections in Australia has exceeded 92,000, with some 61,000 recorded since mid-June, when the first Delta case was detected in Sydney. The total number of deaths is slightly less than 1,200, but still lower than that of many other comparable countries.
Report by Renju José; edited by Richard Pullin
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