- Canadians who have had an allergic reaction to the first dose of the vaccine can be safely given the second, according to the advisory committee.
Melbourne, one of the most closed cities in the world that emerged from its latest wave of COVID-19 restrictions heading into the weekend, will see more restrictions ease later this week when the state of Victoria will reach a full vaccination rate of 80%, officials said on Sunday.
Home to around five million people, the Australian city has suffered 262 days – nearly nine months – of stay-at-home restrictions during six closures since March 2020. That’s more days in total than the 234-day continued shutdown in Buenos Aires.
The next phase of reopening begins on October 29, when 80% of Victoria’s residents are expected to be fully immunized. Residents of Melbourne, the state capital, will be free to travel throughout Victoria and masks will no longer be required outside.
With a once-sprayed vaccine rollout at full speed, Australian officials no longer plan to rely on prolonged lockdowns to suppress the virus. Victoria recorded 1,935 new cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths on Sunday.
As the state moves towards a “vaccinated economy” in which only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to enter sites, a rate of 90% is expected around November 24, Premier Daniel Andrews said.
He added that he wanted to see more than 80,000 people at Melbourne cricket ground for Boxing Day test on December 26 between Australia and England.
“It’s our approach to try to achieve a life as close to normal as possible,” Andrews said.
Australians overwhelmingly support vaccinations; research by the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne showed in October that only 6.9% of the population was unwilling to be vaccinated.
The state of New South Wales, whose capital Sydney spent 100 days in a lockdown that ended earlier this month, has recorded 296 new cases of COVID-19 and four deaths. Almost 85 percent of the state’s population have been fully immunized.
What’s happening across Canada
WATCH | Ottawa is providing aid to Saskatchewan. As the province battles the COVID-19 outbreak:
The Canadian Armed Forces will deploy up to six critical care nurses to Saskatchewan and help with patient transfers as the province battles a fourth wave of COVID-19.
From Monday, the people of Alberta will need to provide proof of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be allowed in many restaurants, movies, sporting events and other businesses.
British Columbia is expected to lift capacity restrictions on gatherings across much of the province on Monday.
Residents of certain areas of the province will be allowed to attend events like hockey games, concerts and weddings with no limit on numbers, but capacity will be capped at 50% in areas with low vaccination rates. , including parts of the Fraser, Northern and Interior Health Regions.
Attendees of all events in British Columbia will be required to wear a face covering and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
- Alta. authorities seek to dispel the myth that vaccination leads to sexual dysfunction.
- Prince Edward Island launches fund for organizations needing tablets to verify Vax Pass.
- Need help setting up a vaccination passport? NL Public Libraries have you covered.
- New rules for indoor gatherings come into effect in the NWT
What is happening in the world
As of Sunday morning, more than 243.4 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a case tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The death toll worldwide was over 4.9 million.
The number of COVID-19 infections recorded so far in the east Europe topped 20 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, as the region grapples with its worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic and vaccination efforts lag behind.
Hungary leads the region in vaccination rates with 62% of its population having received at least one injection, while Ukraine has only administered a single dose to 19% of its population, according to Our World in Data.
Meanwhile, in Britain, some 333,465 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days, up 15% from the previous week and the highest total in the seven days before July 21. Hospitals are already struggling to cope with an influx of patients ahead of an anticipated winter crisis, a senior emergency medicine expert warned on Sunday.
In Asia, China has administered full doses of COVID-19 vaccines to about 75.6% of its population as of Oct. 23, National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng said on Sunday.
China is giving boosters to adults whose last dose was at least six months old, with priority groups including essential workers, the elderly and those with weaker immune systems.
In Africa, Namibia will suspend deployment of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, its health ministry said on Saturday, days after neighboring South Africa’s drug regulatory authority raised concerns about its safety for those at risk of contracting HIV.
In the AmericasWhite House Chief Medical Advisor Dr Anthony Fauci said Americans may choose a different COVID-19 booster than their original inoculation, but the recommendation is to stick with the vaccine they they received first if it is available.