Coronavirus Australia: Playgrounds reopen in Victoria lockdown, but curfew and masks remain

Travel limits are extended, curfews and masks remain and a vaccine blitz for students: everything you need to know about Victoria’s plan to get out of lockdown


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Playgrounds are finally reopening for Victorians in lockdown, but nighttime curfews and the wearing of masks have become indispensable.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews unveiled several revised restrictions as the state registered 120 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday.

More restrictions will be eased once 70 percent of Victorians have had at least one vaccine dose.

That goal is expected to be met in the coming weeks as a vaccinated blitz for Year 12 students escalates.

Of the 120 new cases reported Wednesday, 64 have been linked to existing virus outbreaks, leaving 56 potential mystery cases. Only 20 were in isolation for their entire contagious period.

The last time Victoria’s case number exceeded 100 was on September 2nd last year.

Two women, aged between 40 and 60, are also the state’s first COVID-19 victims this year and died in their homes on Tuesday.

With the number of cases and percentage of people not isolated as the infection continues to rise, most of the current restrictions will remain in place until about September 23, when 70 percent of the eligible population is expected to have received the first dose of vaccine. .

However, the playgrounds will reopen on Friday for children aged 12 and under under the supervision of only one parent or guardian who must wear a mask at all times.

Home care, such as babysitters, is expanded to include school-aged children, but only if both parents are authorized employees.

But Victoria will have to get the first dose of 70 percent vaccinations in the eligible population before further relaxation of restrictions is introduced.

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