After nearly nine months of isolation massage, the five million population of the Australian city of Melbourne will be allowed to move freely and without masks outdoors. Australian Prime Minister Victoria announced that this comes as a result of the rapid pace of vaccination, with nearly 80% of the population fully vaccinated.
The city of Melbourne has upheld some of the strongest isolation measures in the world in the face of COVID-19. The Prime Minister of the Australian state Victoria, whose capital is Melbourne, announced that the easing of restrictions will begin next week, while the level of full vaccination of the population is reaching 80%.
“We have an agreement with the Victorian community. We asked them to be vaccinated and they did it in record time and in record numbers. This means that we have to open the country now “, said Daniel Andrews, Prime Minister of the Australian state Victoria.
With a population of about five million, Melbourne spent 262 days, or almost nine months, with guidelines for isolating people in dwellings since March 2020, surpassing the Buenos Aires record.
Starting Friday, Oct. 29, when 80% of Victoria’s population is expected to be fully vaccinated, residents of the capital Melbourne will be allowed to travel freely and masks will no longer be mandatory outdoors.
“We need to set a series of new rules and parameters, which will be easily enforceable, simple and understandable, as close as possible to normal life,” said Prime Minister Andrews.
Now that the vaccination process is in full swing, authorities across Australia will no longer rely on isolation measures to curb the spread of the virus. The Australian state of Victoria on Sunday 1935 registered new cases of coronavirus infection, as well as 11 deaths. The country is expected to operate with the parameters of a “vaccinated economy”, where only vaccinated persons will be allowed in certain environments. While the state of Victoria is expected to reach 90% vaccination by the end of November, Prime Minister Andrews added that he hopes to see on December 26 over 80,000 fans gathered to watch Australia-England boxing matches.
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