Coronavirus crisis: Nine deaths and 1750 infections for Victoria

AAP & staff writersThe West Australian
On Friday the curfew for residents in metropolitan Melbourne ended and travel limits within the city were be lifted .
Camera IconOn Friday the curfew for residents in metropolitan Melbourne ended and travel limits within the city were be lifted . Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

Victoria has added a further 1750 new locally acquired infections to its COVID-19 caseload along with nine more deaths.

The news comes the days after Melbourne emerged from 262 days of lockdown at 12.01am on Friday, with Saturday morning’s virus figures a drop on the day before.

The State continues to manage more than 23,000 active cases.

Meanwhile in NSW 332 new local COVID-19 cases and two more deaths were recorded overnight.

The number reported on Saturday is a slight drop from the previous day’s tally of 345.

Victoria records 1750 cases, nine deaths

Victoria has added a further 1750 new locally acquired infections to its COVID-19 caseload along with nine more deaths.

The State continues to manage more than 23,000 active cases.

Some 770 patients are in Victorian hospitals, slightly down on the seven-day average of 790. Of them, 144 are in intensive care and 90 require ventilation.

More than 72 per cent of Victorians aged 16 or over are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, more eased restrictions are on the way for Melburnians after celebrating their first day out of lockdown.

As the city emerged from its sixth lockdown on Friday, Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the State was on track to reach 80 per cent full vaccination by next weekend, paving the way for further restrictions to ease.

He said he would hold a press conference “quite soon to clarify what we hope can happen at the end of next week”.

“We will deliver faithfully each and every item contained within the Victorian roadmap to deliver the national plan and if we can go further, then, of course, we will make announcements to that effect,” Mr Andrews said.

Melburnians flocked to cafes, restaurants and pubs, waited in hours-long queues to get haircuts and reunited with friends and family on Friday to mark lockdown lifting.

But Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has warned daily cases are expected to reach record highs as Melbourne reopens.

“As we start to reopen, there will be more COVID in the community, really than at any other point in time, many of those people will have mild illness because they’re fully vaccinated,” he said, urging Victorians to follow check-in and mask rules.

Lockdown restrictions have lifted in Melbourne after Victoria achieved its target of having 70 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Camera IconLockdown restrictions have lifted in Melbourne after Victoria achieved its target of having 70 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

NSW records 332 COVID-19 cases, two deaths

NSW has recorded 332 new local COVID-19 cases and two more deaths.

The number reported on Saturday is a slight drop from the previous day’s tally of 345.

The number of people in hospital also dropped, to 469 from 482, with 123 people in intensive care.

Meanwhile, NSW residents can begin jetsetting internationally in just over a week, as airlines prepare for huge demand once international travel resumes.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the airline had seen a “phenomenal reaction” and “massive” demand in light of its decision to move forward flights.

A large number of flights sold out in a few hours, and international sales have been exceeding domestic ones, he said on Friday.

The carrier will resume regular long-haul international services for the first time since March 2020 when a 787 leaves Sydney bound for London on November 1.

Qantas flights out of Sydney to Singapore, Fiji, South Africa, Phuket and Bangkok were brought forward and will each resume by January.

The decision was made possible by Premier Dominic Perrottet’s call to walk away from quarantine for international arrivals from November 1, Mr Joyce said.

The CEO thanked Mr Perrottet on Friday for “moving to what every other global city in the world has moved to” - quarantine-free travel - “that has given NSW a leading advantage and has made NSW our gateway to the world”.

The premier confirmed his intention to open up as quickly as possible, saying the resumption of international flights offered hope.

“There is change coming, and it’s a turning point in this pandemic,” Mr Perrottet said.

More than 92 per cent of NSW residents aged 16 and over have received at least one vaccine dose, with 83.7 per cent fully vaccinated by Thursday.

STATE-BY-STATE CASE BREAKDOWN

  • VIC — 1750 new local cases, nine deaths
  • NSW — 332 new local cases, two deaths
  • QLD — TBA
  • ACT — TBA
  • SA — TBA
  • WA — 0 new local cases
  • TAS — TBA
  • NT — TBA

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