Covid Australia: Cases plunge across country as Victoria registers 905 and NSW dips below 200
Covid cases across Australia have fallen as vaccination rates continue to rise, with Victoria registering the fewest infections since September.
Victoria’s caseload has decreased with 905 new local infections recorded on Sunday – more than 300 less than reported on Saturday.
The numbers have also continued to fall in NSW, with 195 people testing positive in the 24 hours until 8pm on Saturday – 55 fewer than the day before.
One NSW resident died in the latest reporting period, while there were four more virus-related deaths in Victoria.
The NSW fatality comes after the state reported no new deaths from the coronavirus on Saturday for the first time in nearly three months.
Victoria has registered 905 new local Covid cases and four more deaths as the number of infections continues to fall. Pictured: Shoppers seen in Moonee Ponds in October
About 224 people remain in NSW hospitals, four fewer than the day before, with 32 in intensive care.
Meanwhile, Victoria continues to treat more than 17,300 active cases, with 394 patients hospitalized, 75 of them in intensive care and 46 requiring ventilators.
Sunday’s number of cases marks the first time Victoria’s daily count has fallen below 1,000 in two months.
The rapid decline in infections comes as vaccination rates rise across the country, with both states passing key jab targets.
Victoria is now 87 percent doubly vaccinated for everyone aged 12 and over, while 91 percent of NSW residents over 16 have been fully vaccinated.
The northern state is now moving towards the 95 percent milestone, with 94.2 percent of adults having their first shot.
In the age group of 12-15 years, more than 80 percent have had their first dose and 72.4 percent have had both.
With critical milestones reached, health authorities are urging those eligible for a booster shot to maintain community protection.
Jeremy McAnulty of NSW Health says that now that the state has passed the 90 percent double-dose vaccination milestone, it’s important for anyone 18 and older who has been vaccinated for six months to seek a third shot.
There were 195 new local Covid cases registered in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday – 55 fewer than the day before. Pictured: People dining outdoors at the Opera House Bar, in Sydney’s CBD, on October 18
91 percent of NSW residents over the age of 16 have been fully vaccinated and 94.2 percent of adults have had their first shot. Pictured: A woman receives a Covid vaccine at a vaccination center in Sydney in August
“While the risk of infection and disease is much higher in unvaccinated people, we sometimes see outbreaks in vaccinated people, particularly in indoor settings such as gyms, bars and pubs,” said Dr. McAnulty Saturday.
“Testing early, when you have the symptoms, is really crucial.”
Changes in how exposure sites are managed will also start to come into play starting next week as NSW continues to wreak havoc on its Covid outbreak.
From Monday, NSW Health will no longer list case sites a Covid-19 positive person attended and elective surgery will resume at full capacity in Greater Sydney.
Meanwhile, thousands of people gathered in Melbourne’s CBD on Saturday to oppose government mandates over emergency powers and vaccines.
Protesters blocked tram lines as they marched from the state library to parliament. A man was seen with a homemade gallows with three nooses, but there were no reports of unrest.
Former Liberal MP, now leader of the United Australia Party, Craig Kelly addressed the protest, saying mandatory vaccinations are an ‘abuse of human rights’.
“We are ruled by medical bureaucrats who are part of a crazy, insane cult of vaccinists,” he told the crowd.
Victoria’s deadline for construction workers to be fully vaccinated to continue working on the site fell Saturday.
The controversial edict, which sparked violent protests in Melbourne in September, requires all traditions to have had two doses of vaccine.
‘Pro-choice’ protesters, including one in a horror film mask, flooded Melbourne’s streets with protest banners and even a fake gallows to protest Andrews’ government on Saturday
The state’s aged care workers must be fully vaccinated by Monday, and by November 26, a total of about one million of the state’s essential workers must have a double shot.
Liberal upper house leader David Davis has called the prime minister’s pandemic legislation a “grab for power” but urged those who took part on Saturday not to use violence.
“I would encourage Victorians to fight at every level against Daniel Andrews’ horrendous pandemic law… but they must speak their minds peacefully, calmly and sensibly,” he said.
The opposition has called for an early end to the state’s mandate for indoor masks in a bid to encourage workers to return to central Melbourne.
Current rules require people over the age of 12 to wear a mask indoors unless they are at home.
The restriction will be lifted when the state achieves 90 percent double vaccination on or about Nov. 24, excluding public transportation and high-risk locations.