Latest snapshot of the impact of the coronavirus | Review of northern beaches
LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* The Australian Medical Association has warned against loosening restrictions too hastily, calling for a cautious approach even at high vaccination rates, as Doherty’s modeling does not show the impact on hospitals already under pressure.
* Business groups led by the Business Council of Australia are urging Australians to get vaccinated in new campaign, “One shot close”.
* NSW reported 1,083 new cases of the virus on Sunday and 13 deaths, bringing its death toll to 231 since its Delta variant outbreak began on June 16.
* Recreation rules will be relaxed in the 12 Sydney government areas of concern from Monday and fully vaccinated adults will be able to gather in groups of five for outdoor recreation within three miles of their homes.
* Victoria recorded 507 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death on Sunday, bringing the toll from the latest outbreak to 11.
* Prime Minister Daniel Andrews on Sunday unveiled Victoria’s “cautious” roadmap to emerge from lockdown, which would see Melbourne’s curfew lifted and travel up to 25km allowed once 70% of Victorians over the age of 16-year-old would be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
* All Victorian students will return to face-to-face learning before the end of 2021 with a phased reopening of schools in Melbourne from grade 12 students, who will be returning five days a week from October 6 until the start of their exams.
* Victoria Police will be pressed by the union to find out why the riot squad was not dispatched to support the uniformed officers during a violent anti-lockdown rally in Richmond that left several officers in the hospital.
* Three other Victorian regions (Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell shires) will join Melbourne and Ballarat on lockdown, for seven days, due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in each region.
* ACT has recorded 17 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the current outbreak to 618.
* The ACT government has said it does not feel pressured to do more to ease its COVID-19 restrictions, with its larger neighbors in New South Wales and Victorian times laying out their plans to end lockdowns .
* ACT will change its daily vaccination rate reports starting Monday to include the percentage of Canberrans aged 12 and over who have been vaccinated rather than the percentage 16 and over.
* Queensland has not recorded any new cases of COVID-19 as the state ramps up vaccination efforts with more than 31,000 injections given on Saturday.
* Western Australia has recorded only one case of COVID-19 in hotel quarantine – a returning traveler in his 20s.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* There have been 24,619,474 doses administered as part of the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout through Saturday, of which 227,036 were in the previous 24 hours.
* Of the total, 14,157,383 were administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 110,306 in the previous 24 hours).
* 13,244,344 were delivered in primary care (+104,093) and 913,039 in establishments for the elderly and disabled (+6213).
* 10,462,091 were administered by states and territories, including 116,730 in the last 24 hours.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported 1,607 local cases on Saturday: 1,083 in NSW, 507 in Victoria, 17 in ACT.
* Three overseas acquired cases have also been reported: two in NSW and one in WA.
* The national death toll is 1,162: Victoria 831, NSW 297, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 7, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official balance sheets for both states) .
WORLDWIDE CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Case: at least 228,125,000.
* Death: at least 4,685,000.
* Vaccine doses administered: at least 5,883,196,000.
Data current to 1700 AEST on September 19, taking into account federal and state / territory updates and numbers from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Associated Australian Press