Sydney lockdown ends after more than 100 days

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Sydney businesses reopened on Monday after more than 100 days of lockdown measures.

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big picture: Few bars and entertainment venues in the city of 5 million residents Open at 12:01 pm, as most restrictions for fully vaccinated people were eased amid a drop in coronavirus cases in the New South Wales state capital.

  • This comes as NSW has reached its goal of vaccinating 70% of eligible residents.

What are they saying: “We are leading the country through this pandemic, but it will be a challenge,” said NSW Premier Dominic Perrot, who replaced Gladys Berejiklian, who resigned earlier this month In the midst of a corruption investigation, but a news conference Monday.

  • He expected hospitalizations and the number of cases to rise, but added: “We have to learn to live with the virus.”

yes but: Sydney residents were imposed stay-at-home rules and other restrictions in response to the June Delta outbreak stay in place For those who have not been vaccinated by December 1.

By numbers: NSW reported 496 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, as the number of people over the age of 16 in the state exceeded 74%. official health statistics.

  • The state aims to vaccinate 80% of eligible residents by the end of October.
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what to watch: Australian Medical Association expresses concern over plans to reopen NSW warning in a statement That “New South Wales can still see that hospitals are completely overwhelmed despite high vaccination rates.”


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