Border restrictions ease as Victoria records 1343 new COVID-19 cases

Border restrictions ease as Victoria records 1343 new COVID-19 cases

Victoria’s Acting Chief Health Officer yesterday declared that from 11.59pm last night all remaining orange zones in NSW and the ACT would become green zones, permitting unrestricted travel into the state.

Travellers will still be required to obtain a green zone permit, but they will not need to get tested or quarantine upon arrival.

The relaxing of border measures means for the first time in more than six months, all regions in Australia will be classed as green zones under Victoria’s permit travel system.

Victoria and NSW have reopened their borders. (Jason Robins)

What are the restrictions in travelling to NSW from Victoria?

There are no restrictions for fully vaccinated Victorians entering NSW, except if they have been to a location of high concern in Victoria.

Unvaccinated Victorians aged over 16 years are also not permitted to enter NSW for recreation or a holiday.

Victoria’s COVID-19 cases grow

Victoria has recorded 1343 new local cases of COVID-19 and a further 10 deaths as the state inches closer to yet another vaccine milestone.

A total of 82 per cent of the state’s eligible population are fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

There are 634 Victorians in hospital with COVID-19 and 109 patients in intensive care.

However, dozens of COVID-19 patients are reportedly missing from the state’s official hospitalisation figures, The Age reports.

It is understood the reason for the discrepancy is that patients who are no longer infectious are not counted in the figures, even though they may still require ongoing care.

It is predicted Victoria will hit its double dose vaccine milestone around November 24, triggering a large easing of COVID-19 restrictions that will see Victoria almost return to “normal”.

“We are still confident about the 24th of November,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said yesterday.

“I think we are going to be seeing more and more people returning to the office.”

As vaccine coverage continues to soar, more events and functions have been confirmed as going ahead.

Melbourne’s Carols by Candlelight will welcome back live audiences this year, with up to 10,000 people permitted at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

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Source: 9News


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