Australia Covid update live: NSW hits first dose vaccination milestone; western Sydney curfew lifted; Victoria records 423 cases, two deaths
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Barr says the federal government has agreed to expand the current Covid-19 business support payments. Businesses who have already registered will automatically receive the topped up payments.
ACT chief minister Andrew Barr is outlining the general shape of the territory’s roadmap out of lockdown once double vaccination rates of 70% and then 80% are achieved.
It seems clear that, just like NSW and Victoria, the ACT now views vaccination, not elimination, as the way out of lockdown.
Speaking of the ACT, chief minister Andrew Barr says, as of today, 75% of the over-12 population in the territory have had at least one vaccine dose.
While that NSW press conference was going we got the ACT numbers.
The territory recorded 13 new local Covid-19 case, with only five in isolation for their entire quarantine period and eight have spent time in the commuity.
Now, as we know, from this weekend Queensland has opened up Pfizer vaccines for the over 60 cohorts (despite AstraZeneca not being recommended to younger people).
The NSW chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, says that NSW is not considering this at the present time.
Speaking of the possibility of regional towns locking down:
Chant has been asked if the region town of Young will be locked down now that the health department has identified an infected person who spent time there.
From her answer, it seems that option is still very much on the table.
Just ducking back for a second to revisit this point. I believe this is the first time that the NSW premier has confirmed her intentions to explicitly make it against the law for unvaccinated people to attend venues during the 70% vaccination period of the roadmap.
Questions about the legality of this are no doubt going to dominate conversations in the weeks to come.