Melbourne Extends COVID-19 Lockdowns

Authorities in Australia have extended the COVID-19 in Melbourne for another three weeks, as they focus their efforts to fast immunizations drives rather than a suppression strategy to reduce cases to zero.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews indicated that he would be easing the COVID-19 restrictions once 70 percent of the state’s adult residents have received at least the first dose.

He hopes to achieve the percentage by September 23, based on current vaccination rates.

“We have thrown everything at this, but it is now clear to us that we are not going to drive these numbers down. They are instead going to increase,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Canberra has also extended its hard lockdown for two weeks as the capital city struggles to contain a highly infectious Delta variant surge.

“We are bending the curve down and are getting on top of the outbreak. However, it is a slow process, and it will take more time,” Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Andrew Barr told reporters in Canberra.

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