Sydney unvaccinated warned of social isolation as COVID-19 lockdown ends – .

Sydney unvaccinated warned of social isolation as COVID-19 lockdown ends – .

FILE PHOTO: A health worker is stationed at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) screening clinic set up for residents of surrounding public housing towers in the suburb of Redfern, where authorities are working to contain an emerging cluster of cases, as widespread lockdown continues in Sydney, Australia on September 17, 2021. REUTERS / Loren Elliott reuters_tickers

This content was published on September 28, 2021 – 03:52

By Renju José

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sydney residents who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 risk being excluded from various social activities even when released from stay-at-home orders in December, the Prime Minister warned on Tuesday of the State of New South Wales, Gladys Berejkilian.

As part of a roadmap to get out of lockdown in Australia’s largest city, unvaccinated people are already subject to delays in freedoms that will be gradually granted to residents vaccinated between October 11 and December 1 .

Berejkilian said people who choose not to be vaccinated could be barred from entering shops, restaurants and entertainment venues even after the state lifted all restrictions on them on December 1.

“A lot of companies have said they won’t accept anyone who is not vaccinated,” Berejiklian told Seven News Tuesday. “The lives of the unvaccinated will be very difficult indefinitely. “

The two-tier system, designed to get more people to get vaccinated, has been criticized both for penalizing vulnerable groups who have not had access to vaccines and for failing to provide a real incentive for those hesitant to do so. vaccination.

Pubs, cafes, gyms and hairdressers will reopen to be fully vaccinated – 09-27 people on October 11 in New South Wales, where Sydney is located, and other restrictions will be relaxed once 80% of its adult population is fully vaccinated, which is expected by the end of October .

Australia is pursuing a faster reopening thanks to higher vaccination rates despite persistent infections, largely in its two largest cities of Sydney and Melbourne. With the capital Canberra, the two cities are stranded for weeks.

The delta-fueled epidemic has divided state and territory leaders, with some presiding over virus-free regions of the country, saying they will challenge a federal plan to reopen internal borders once the adult population reaches 80 % vaccination, expected in November. The national vaccination rate is currently around 52%.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt hailed NSW’s roadmap and urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“The strongest possible reason to get the vaccine is to save your life,” Hunt said.

CASE TOP 100,000

The number of COVID-19 cases recorded by Australia since the start of the pandemic exceeded 100,000 on Tuesday, with around 70% of those detected since a wave fueled by the Delta variant hit the country in mid -June.

New South Wales reported 863 new cases on Tuesday, up from 787 a day earlier, and seven new deaths. Neighbor Victoria has reported 867 new cases, its largest ever daily increase and four deaths.

The state of northeast Queensland has reported four cases, including its first mystery case in nearly two months. Authorities are rushing to trace the source after an aviation worker, who has not traveled interstate or overseas recently, contracted the virus.

While the state is on high alert, authorities have halted before enforcing a lockdown.

Australia was doing relatively well until the last wave, but a slow rollout of the vaccine made it vulnerable to the more virulent Delta strain. Deaths stand at 1,256, but Delta’s death rate is lower than last year due to higher vaccination rates among the vulnerable population.

In New South Wales, the number of people hospitalized rose to 1,155 from 1,266 a week ago, as double-dose vaccination levels among people over 16 years of age exceeded 60% in the State.

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(Reporting by Renju Jose; editing by Jane Wardell)


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