Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Victoria witnesses vaccine milestone, lockdown protests, easing of Covid curbs

Victoria has recorded its largest daily Covid-19 tally of the current outbreak, with 514 new local cases in the 24 hours to midnight.
The state now has 4,370 active cases of coronavirus. Victoria is expected to hit its vaccine milestone of 70 per cent first dose vaccinations ahead of schedule today, with Melbourne’s mayor hitting back at protesters who could “prolong lockdown”.
The state administered 41,758 vaccines to midnight.
The milestone gives hope to Victorians in lockdown that a modest easing of restrictions can occur after the target is met.
It is understood Melbourne’s five-kilometre travel radius will expand to 10-kilometres and exercise time will be increased.
Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday insisted no decision had been made about the exact restrictions easing and he would provide a roadmap on the state’s path to exit lockdown on Sunday, or possibly earlier.
City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp told Today devastated business owners were “bursting to get out of lockdown”, but planned protests in the CBD only made the tough situation worse.
“It’s really a double-blow for so many businesses and workers in the city as well,” she said.
The Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association in a statement yesterday called for the state’s lockdown restrictions to remain unchanged until two weeks after 80 per cent of Victorians aged over 12 were fully vaccinated, calling any other approach “reckless”.
“AMA Victoria understands the implications of its policy but there are no simple solutions related to the management of COVID-19,” the statement read.
“This is simply the least bad option.”
The regional city of Ballarat went back into lockdown at 11.59pm last night for seven days after new cases were detected in the region.

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