Sun. Jul 3rd, 2022

Australian states and territories follow separate COVID-19 paths as divergent case numbers, outbreaks and vaccination rates make them see different realities.

NSW will begin easing restrictions on Monday despite 11 deaths and 508 new cases registered in the country’s most populous state on Saturday.

More than 70 percent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated, and more than 90 percent will have had their first dose by the end of the weekend.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet marked an increase in positive cases would follow the state reopening on Monday and urged people to continue safely.

“What has been the key to keeping people safe is our high vaccination rate. “We have the highest vaccination rate in the country, and most importantly, we are close to the first dose mark at 90 percent,” he said on Saturday.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet addresses the media
Dominic Perrottet says an increase in positive cases will follow NSW’s reopening on Monday. Credit: AAP

Victoria recorded another record daily number on Saturday with 1965 new locally acquired cases and five more deaths.

Authorities there are also trying to track down contacts to a flight crew member who tested positive after traveling on six flights between Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

As the eruption approaches its peak, Victoria will also release 16,000 secondary close contacts from quarantine.

“This just recognizes the changed risk and the changed environment we are in,” said Deputy Secretary of Health Kate Matson.

“We are no longer chasing COVID-zero in Victoria and we have 17,000 active cases in Victoria.”

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