After more than a hundred days of confinement, the more than five million inhabitants of the city of Sydney, the most populous in Australia, enjoyed this Monday the first day of normal practice after the milestone of the 70% of its population fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
After midnight, many residents of Sydney and other confined areas of the state of New South Wales flocked to bars, hair salons and even a popular retail chain to celebrate the lack of refinement, in which people with the full schedule of the vaccine enjoy lower restrictions.
On a rainy day in Sydney, many residents filled gyms and cafeterias on Monday, which remained closed since the lockdown decreed on June 26 due to an outbreak linked to the delta variant and adopted within the framework of the Australian policy of ordering the stay at home and the closure of businesses with few cases of COVID-19.
This return to normal practice allows ten people who are fully vaccinated to meet in a house and reopen businesses with capacity limits.
People who have not received the full schedule of the virus should wait for now to finish the administration of the two doses of the drug to be able to go to the establishments, with the exception that they have a medical certificate that does not recommend vaccination.
“This is the day that many have been waiting for, the day that the things we take for granted we celebrate. Being with family and friends, getting a haircut, eating together, going to the bar and having a beer with colleagues “Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
New South Wales, whose capital is Sydney and which reported 496 local infections and 8 deaths on Monday, reached last week the milestone of administering the complete pattern of 70 percent of its population, a mark underlined by authorities such as the start of deconfinement.
This Australian jurisdiction, the epicenter of the third wave of COVID-19 in AustraliaIn addition, it has already applied the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 to more than 90 percent of its population.
Victoria, whose capital Melbourne has been confined since the beginning of August, hopes to follow in the footsteps of New South Wales this month under a national plan to reopen the economy based on administering the full 70 percent vaccination schedule. percent of the population.
Australia expects to reopen its international borders in November once it reaches, around the end of the month, 80% of the immunization against COVID-19.
The nation accumulates more than 127,000 infections and almost 1,450 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, while it has managed to vaccinate 61% of its target population with the complete schedule and more than 82% with at least one dose.
With information from EFE.