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