The city reopens to vaccinated after being locked down for more than a hundred days


 For the first time in more than 100 days, Sydney's hairdressers, gyms, cafés and bars were open for fully vaccinated customers on Monday.

Sydney will reopen on Monday after 70% of the New South Wales population aged 16 and older have been fully immunized.

At least 90 percent of the target population was vaccinated by Monday, with 73.5 percent having completed the vaccination program.

People impatient to enjoy their freedom had some businesses open at midnight.

At the 80 per cent benchmark, more restrictions on travel overseas will be lifted, and residents of New South Wales will be allowed to travel overseas for the first time since last March.

In the past 24 hours, 496 new infections were reported in NSW, and eight COVID-19 cases died.

Residents of Sydney who return to work and become more mobile will have a higher infection rate.

The infection rate and number of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals were lower than predicted by modeling, according to New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet.

Perrottet said, "So that is very positive and gives people hope and confidence as we open up in a measured and safe manner.

Restriction still exists. Things aren't as free as they seem. We are opening up gradually, but if we all take care of one another and respect one another, we can get people back to work, we can get businesses going, while at the same time keeping people safe," he said.

In Sydney, infections have declined over the past few weeks, but they haven't reached a peak in Melbourne, Australia's second-most populous city.

One thousand six hundred and twelve new cases of infection and eight deaths were reported in Victoria on Monday.

On June 26, Sydney went on lockdown, and on August 5, Melbourne and Canberra also went on lockdown. As a result, the delta variant outbreak spread throughout Australia.

COVID-19 is largely absent from most of Australia, but authorities warn that delta cannot be kept from the rest of the country.

New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory are the only parts of the country to reach the 70% mark. In the next few days, pandemic restrictions will be lifted in Canberra. Ninety-five percent of the target population has received at least one dose and 72 percent is fully immunized.

Victoria is still a week or two behind. A total of 85,5 per cent of Victoria's residents have had at least one vaccine dose, and 58.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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