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Melbourne authorities will relax the lockdown on COVID-19 as planned on Thursday night, saying that compliance with strict regulations has “changed” the course of the coronavirus outbreak in Australia’s second largest city.
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The relaxation measures will take effect at 11:59 pm local time (13:59 GMT) on Thursday, but some restrictions on travel and gatherings will continue for a week.
“This is a good day. Everyone should be absolutely proud of what we have achieved together,” Victorian Acting Governor James Melino told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday.
“But we know this is not over, unless we are vaccinated widely in Victoria and across the country, the virus will still be with us.”
Officials say that even if the regulations are relaxed, people must stay within 25 kilometers (15 miles) of their homes.
Family gatherings will also be completely banned, and masks must be worn indoors. Although schools, cafes and beauty salons can be reopened, gyms and nightclubs will have to be closed for at least another week.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said that because the situation is still “quite volatile”, it is impossible to “recover quickly” to no limits.
He said: “We must increase our operations safely and gradually, but we know that we will continue to control this minimum restriction.”
A new cluster of cases emerged last month, with more than 80 people testing positive for Kappa or Delta strains, both of which originated in India.
On Wednesday, Victoria reported only one new local case of COVID-19, the lowest level in more than two weeks.
During most of the days of the lockdown, the number of daily cases remained in the single digits.
Australia has effectively controlled COVID-19 and is one of the few countries in the world where the spread is not yet widespread.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Victoria has gone through four lockdowns, the longest being over 100 days at the end of last year. More than 800 people have died in the state, accounting for 90% of the national death toll.
The outbreaks in Taiwan and Japan have highlighted that without widespread vaccination, initial success in containing the virus will quickly disappear.
Australia has stepped up its plans in the past week, and as of Monday it has carried out about 5.2 million jabs. However, only a small percentage of people are fully vaccinated.