Victoria has registered 1,993 cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths.
- There have been 138 deaths in Victoria during the Delta eruption
- An announcement of Melbourne’s lockdown ends is expected this weekend
- The date for the Grand Prix has been announced for April 2022 after a two-year hiatus
The new infections were detected from 79,214 test results, bringing the total number of active cases in the state to 21,647.
This weekend may be the last Melburnians spend in lockdown, with Prime Minister Daniel Andrews last week confirming that restrictions would be eased when 70 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated
The state is on track to reach this milestone this week. Recent data show that 87.6 percent of people in that group have received at least one vaccine dose, and 63.8 percent have been fully vaccinated.
Under the roadmap laid out by the state government when the 70 per cent target is reached, the travel bubble in Melbourne will expand to 25 kilometers, the curfew will lift and up to 10 fully vaccinated people will be able to meet outdoors.
In regional areas (except those under lockdown conditions, such as Mildura), up to 20 fully vaccinated people will be allowed to meet outdoors, and there will be a significant increase in the number of fully vaccinated people allowed indoors and outdoors. surroundings in hospitality places.
On Friday, the state government announced major changes to the border entry rules with New South Wales.
The changes mean that people entering Victoria from red zones will have to test negative for COVID-19, but as long as they are fully vaccinated, they will no longer be quarantined for 14 days.
Grand Prix locked inside 2022
The dates for the 2022 Grand Prix have been announced after a two-year hiatus from the pandemic.
The event will be held at the usual Albert Park venue in Melbourne on Saturday 10 April.
The date was confirmed by the Formula 1 governing body, the FIA, working with the Commonwealth and Victorian governments to find out how the event should be run safely.
Victorian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Major Events, Martin Pakula, described setting the date for the Grand Prix as a “great achievement for Victoria”.
However, the Albert Park Sports Club Association has criticized the decision to hold the event about three weeks later than usual, saying it would have a negative effect on the two dozen amateur sports clubs that also depend on the use of the park.
The association has expressed concern that the event would force some clubs to lose half or their entire season because they do not have access to their grounds and pavilions.
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