Digital Desk, Canberra. A record 1,901 new cases of Kovid-19 were reported in Australia on Friday morning. At present, the country is battling the third wave of the epidemic. With the new cases, the total number of cases in the country has risen to 69,923, while the death toll from Corona has risen to 1,076. Of the new cases, 1,542 were from New South Wales (NSW), the current epicenter of the pandemic, where the health department recorded nine deaths, Xinhua news agency reported.
The statement from NSW Health said that since June 16, 2021, there have been 162 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW. Victoria, the second most populous state, reported 334 new local cases. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT), where the adult vaccination rate has reached 50 per cent, reported 24 new cases on the 29th day of its lockdown, taking the number of active cases in the nation’s capital to 238. Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the vaccination rate made it the first state or territory to recognize the act as a milestone.
“We are the first jurisdiction in the country to reach this critical two-dose for our population of over 16,” he said. Over the weekend we are on track to reach 75 percent of the first dose for our population over 16. Despite the current outbreaks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged state and territory leaders to put a halt to their plans to reopen. Morrison recently reiterated that it is time for Australia to live with the virus, while also calling on heads of state and chief ministers of the region to hold their nerve and ease restrictions on meeting vaccination targets.
Leaders signed off on Morrison’s plan to ease coronavirus restrictions in July, when 70 percent to 80 percent of adults were fully vaccinated. So far, about 65 percent of Australians aged 16 and older have received at least one coronavirus vaccine and 40 percent have been fully vaccinated, according to the Department of Health.