Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Ten thousand fully vaccinated flour burners will be able to participate Melbourne Cup while thousands will be able to attend a live music event on October 30, the prime minister has announced.
The news comes as the state has registered 1890 new ones COVID-19 cases and five more deaths in the last 24 hours.
Daniel Andrews confirmed Victoria is on track to ease the restrictions this month, with 86 per cent of the eligible population over the age of 16 having had a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 58 per cent having had both doses.
Fans will be able to participate in the Melbourne Cup. (Getty)

“So we are well on our way to getting to 70 percent double dosed by the time the timetable outlines. 80 percent double dosed just a short time thereafter,” he said.

Andrews announced that thousands of people would be able to attend a live music event at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on October 30 as part of an experiment with a vaccinated economy in Melbourne.

On November 2, 10,000 fans living within 25 miles of the Flemington Racecourse will be allowed to take part in the famous Melbourne Cup.

“Whether you are a racer or not, whether you are a fan of the sport or not, it will be a very important day for every single Victorian, a message to the rest of the country and the world that we are open,” said Andrews.

“We hope we have passed 80% double dosing by then and we can then confirm that the last two events of the Melbourne Cup Carnival will also have a crowd of up to 10,000 people.”

Ambulances lined up outside Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne.
There are fears that Victoria’s daily number of cases could continue to rise. (Jason South)

Vaccinated finance trials are set to begin at 15 venues in six LGAs in regional Victoria tomorrow.

The development comes after the state yesterday set a national daily case number record with almost 2,000 new COVID-19 cases.

Today’s new cases bring the state’s total number of active cases to 18,342, of which 609 are currently in hospital, of which 126 are in intensive care and 88 in a ventilator.

The five deaths recorded today include a man in his 50s from Melbourne, a man in his 50s from Brimbank, a man in his 70s from Maribyrnong, a man in his 70s from Wyndham and a woman in 80s from Yarra.

Changes have already been made to state lock-in rules, with Health Department Deputy Secretary Kate Matson confirming that secondary close contacts do not need to be isolated.

Although it has been the policy of Melbourne for some time, it will now be extended to the whole of Victoria.

Tom Melbourne CBD during lockdown.
Tom Melbourne CBD during lockdown. (Older)

“It will also make it easier for household members in primary close contacts to get groceries and work, while the primary close contact is isolated away from the rest of the household,” Matson said yesterday.

“Again, there is a very important difference between someone who is known to have come in contact with a confirmed case and then someone who has come in contact with the primary close contact. And the risk is another.

“So this just recognizes the changed risk and the changed environment we are in, we are no longer chasing COVID zero in Victoria and we have 17,000 active cases in Victoria at this time.”

But Matson stressed that secondary close contacts who have symptoms still need to be tested and isolated.

Victoria continues her vaccination pressure. (Alex Ellinghausen)

Victoria is expected to hit the 70 percent milestone three days ahead of initial forecasts on October 23rd.

Major restrictions will remain in place, but Victorians will also be able to enjoy more freedoms.

The next bar of 80 percent vaccination is expected to be cleared on November 3rd.

But if it also comes several days early, thousands of Victorians could be on the field at the Melbourne Cup on 2 November.

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