Lockdown, Clusters Growing and Borders Closing: What You Need to Know About Australia’s Covid-19 News
With Victorians facing lockdown for a week and Melbourne’s shock cluster leaking from Adelaide’s hotel quarantine growing exponentially, here’s everything you need to know about the latest Covid-19 developments in Australia.
LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* Victoria will enter a seven-day lockdown from 11:59 p.m. on Thursday as health authorities race to contain a COVID-19 cluster that has grown to 26 cases.
* One of the infected persons has been ventilated in an intensive care unit.
* There are now more than 10,000 primary and secondary contacts from positive cases and 150 exposure sites.
* People can only leave home for five reasons – to shop for food and essential items, provide or receive care, exercise, work or study when they cannot get home, and get vaccinated.
Victoria now has more than 10,000 primary and secondary positive case contacts and 150 exposure sites
* There is also a five-kilometer travel limit for sports and shopping, as well as the mandatory use of masks both indoors and outdoors.
* Victoria’s latest lockdown – the fourth in 15 months – is expected to leave companies an additional $ 1 billion in the red, with industry groups clamoring for financial support.
* Experts are also bracing for a spike in domestic violence and mental health crises.
* NSW is the only state to have introduced travel restrictions, with Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania closing their borders completely to travelers from Victoria.
* New Zealand has also stopped quarantine-free travel to Victoria in response to the new cases, with more than 1,000 New Zealand residents in the state being told to ‘squat’.
* The outbreak has sparked renewed criticism of the federal government’s approach to the introduction of vaccines and the quarantine of hotels.
* Acting Victorian Prime Minister James Merlino said the lockdown might not have been necessary if the Commonwealth had effectively rolled out vaccines.
Acting Victorian Prime Minister James Merlino said the lockdown might not have been necessary if the Commonwealth effectively introduced vaccines
* But Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended his administration by saying that Victoria has enough vaccine doses and lending his support to the state’s plan to establish a 500-bed quarantine facility on the northern outskirts of Melbourne.
* Unvaccinated elderly and staff in Victoria may receive coronavirus shots without the recommended two-week break after flu shots, the Chief Medical Officer announced as a result of the outbreak.
* The AFL switched two games to Sydney due to state border restrictions, but continues with a top-of-the-table clash in Melbourne, despite Victoria’s COVID-19 outbreak.
* A group of potential Olympic swimmers in Australia have relocated from Melbourne to prevent the coronavirus outbreak in the city from jeopardizing selection tests for the upcoming Tokyo Games.
* Athletics Australia has also moved athletes from Victoria to Queensland ahead of an Olympic warm-up game on the Gold Coast next week.
New Zealand has discontinued quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Victoria
Melbourne’s Super Rugby Trans-Tasman clash with the Highlanders will be played in Sydney on Sunday, with the rebels unable to fly to New Zealand for the game.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* There had been 3,906,668 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout as of Wednesday, including +111,388 in the past 24 hours.
* Of the total, 2,522,764 are administered by the Commonwealth (an increase from 70,295 in the last 24 hours).
* 2,185,537 were spent in primary care (+66,094) and 337,227 in facilities for the elderly and disabled (+4,201).
* 1,383,904 managed by the states and territories, including 41,093 in the last 24 hours.
In the nationwide rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, 3,906,668 vaccines have been administered by Wednesday
* 398,009 have been administered in Victoria (+12,689), 384,056 in NSW (+12,939), 204,872 in Queensland (+6274), 158,332 in Western Australia (+3453), 99,446 in South Australia (+2119), 62,525 in Tasmania (+1724), 46,084 in the ACT (+760) and 30,580 in the NT (+1135).
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS FIGURES:
* Australia reported 12 new locally acquired virus cases on Wednesday, all in Victoria.
* There were three new cases acquired abroad in hotel quarantine; two in Queensland and one in the Northern Territory.
* National death toll is 910: Victoria 820, NSW 56, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 7, SA 4, ACT 3 (two Queensland residents who died in NSW are included in both states’ official tolls).
GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS FIGURES:
* Cases: minimum 168,422,000
* Deaths: minimum 3,498,000
* Vaccine doses administered: minimum 1,740,251,000.
Data current as of 1730 AEST on May 27, including federal and state / territory government updates and numbers from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.