Night curfew lifted in Covid-19 affected areas in Sydney
Sydney, Australia, Sep 15 (EFE).- The authorities in the Australian state of New South Wales lifted Wednesday the night-time curfew imposed in areas affected by Covid-19 in Sydney.
The announcement comes as the region has successfully administered the first dose of the vaccine to 80 percent of its adult population.
The lifting of the night curfew, in force since Aug.23, comes as a relief to some dozen neighborhoods in the southwest and west of Australia’s most populous city.
Sydney has been finally witnessing a reduction in daily cases of community transmission after around 12 weeks of strict lockdown.
On Wednesday, the New South Wales government reported 12 deaths and 1,259 local infections, down from the daily record of 1,599 cases it recorded on Sep.11.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said at a press conference in Sydney that there has been a stabilization in the coronavirus situation but there was still a lot of work to be done.
Berejiklian also revealed that 47.5 percent of the adult population in the state had received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
She added that they expected to fully vaccinate 70 percent of the population in in the coming few weeks, which would allow for lifting of further restrictions.
Australia has witnessed a surge in cases on its territory following an outbreak of the delta variant in Sydney in mid-June.
Since the start of the pandemic last year, more than 78,000 infections and over 1,100 deaths have been reported in the country.
Australia has administered administered both doses of the vaccine to more than 40 percent of its adult population. EFE