Australian states’ COVID-19 cases remain subdued, border restrictions to be eased


Xinhua News

19th October 2021 – (Sydney)  As Australian states saw reductions of new daily COVID-19 cases along with a surge in vaccinations, some border restrictions will be eased.

On Tuesday, daily local infections in the state of Victoria were down from the previous day’s 1,903 to 1,749, while the state of New South Wales (NSW) reported 273 new local cases, two days in a row with daily new cases under 300.

The state of Queensland announced on Monday a roadmap to reopening as the state sees no new local cases. It became the first COVID-free state to outline its reopening plans.

Nevertheless, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urged the residents to get vaccinated ahead of opening of the state borders before Christmas, when its double-dose vaccination rate is expected to reach 80 percent.

The premier confirmed that fully-vaccinated interstate and international travellers can visit the state without quarantine once the target is reached.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) also announced that its border with NSW will be reopened on 1st November as both NSW and the ACT hit 80 percent fully vaccinated target.