Last updated – 11.34 AM, Wednesday 15th September
WA has reported no new cases of COVID-19 today.
Mr McGowan yesterday announced Western Australians aged 60 and above will be eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from next week. There were 3530 registrations overnight from over 60s for the vaccine.
A total of 59.2 per cent of Western Australians aged over 16+ have received their first vaccine dose, with 39.9 per cent receiving their second dose.
1259 cases in NSW and 12 deaths
NSW has recorded 1259 new Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The deaths include a woman in her 30s, a woman in her 50s, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 60s, two men in their 60s, two women in their 70s, a man in his 70s, two women in their 80s and a man in his 90s.
NSW will hit 80 per cent first vaccine doses today, with 47.5 per cent of the population over 16 fully vaccinated.
Residents living in the 12 Sydney LAGS of concern have been rewarded with a slight easing of restrictions after NSW hit it’s 80 per cent first dose vaccination milestone.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the 9pm to 5am curfew that is in place across those LGAs will be lifted from tonight.
The NSW Premier also said it will be against the law for unvaccinated people to attend venues once 70% vaccination is reached.
Ms Berejiklian was grilled by the media about the legality of telling businesses they are not allowed to accept unvaccinated patrons.
“The government will need to seek legal advice ourselves. This is uncharted territory but we’re providing as much certainty as possible, as much as we know exists at 70% double dose and in good time, with plenty of notice, we’ll be giving everybody a road map as to what 80% double dose looks like,” she said.
Victoria records 423 new Covid cases
Victoria has recorded 423 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases and two deaths in the 24 hours to midnight last night.
Of the new cases, just 149 have been linked to known cases and outbreaks, making the other 274 mystery infections.
Yesterday, 41,856 vaccines were administered and 54,649 test results were received.
The city of Greater Ballarat will be sent back into lockdown from 11.59pm tonight due to worrying rise in Covid-19 cases. The region will be sent into lockdown for seven days, with Premier Daniel Andrews saying there had been a rise in cases and wastewater Covid detections.
Roughly 68% of people in Victoria have received their first Covid-19 vaccine dose, meaning some limited restrictions will ease soon.
The ACT records 13 new local cases
The ACT has recorded 13 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19.
Eight of those cases spent some time infectious in the community.
Eight of the new cases are linked as household contacts of other known cases. The other five new cases are still under early investigation.
Seven people are in hospital with the virus —one patient is in intensive care and requiring ventilation.
Yesterday, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced the territory’s lockdown would be extended by another four weeks —now set to end at 11:59pm on October 15.
Mr Barr says, as of today, 75% of the over-12 population in the territory have had at least one vaccine dose.
Mr Barr said the government does not expect that proof of vaccination will be required in the ACT.
He said that’s because of the high levels of vaccination in the territory.
It is also expected that the territory will move quickly from 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the population being fully vaccinated.
Mandatory vaccinations for high-risk workers under Northern Territory’s stage 3 COVID plan
All workers across high-risk settings in the Northern Territory must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the Territory will reopen borders, Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced.
The new rule forms part of the NT’s new stage 3 reopening plan, which Mr Gunner said would involve “the strongest vaccination rules in Australia”.
Under the new reopening requirements, more than 80 per cent of Territorians in each of the five regions must be fully vaccinated.
That means more than 80 per cent of the population over 16 being fully vaccinated, each of the age cohorts being above or close to 80 per cent, remote communities reaching more than 80 per cent vaccination and a “strong and growing vaccination rate for 12 to 15-year-olds”, he said.
“Businesses and venues will have the right to refuse entry to unvaccinated people, whether or not there is an outbreak,” Mr Gunner said, adding that rule could apply to sporting crowds.
Queensland records no local Covid-19 cases
Queensland has recorded zero new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19.
One new overseas-acquired case has been detected in hotel quarantine.
This is after 15,812 tests.
From this weekend, Pfizer will be made available for Queenslanders aged 60 and over.
- New Zealand has recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19. All new cases are in Auckland.
- US President Joe Biden will reportedly propose a target for 70% of the world’s population to be vaccinated within the next year at a global vaccines summit he intends to convene alongside the UN general assembly in New York this month. The target is in line with ambitions set jointly by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the WTO and the World Health Organization (WHO) but is more ambitious than current performance and the targets set at the G7 meeting in Cornwall chaired by the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson. The G7 agreed to donate 870m doses of Covid-19 vaccines directly, with an aim to deliver at least half by the end of 2021.
- The WHO warned that Africa has been left behind the rest of the world because of vaccine inequality, with its head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying rich countries and pharmaceuticals have held up efforts to fairly distribute vaccines. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s parliament has banned anyone not vaccinated against Covid-19 from attending church services, in the latest in a series of measures to boost uptake of the jab. The country had already made the vaccine mandatory for civil servants and teachers earlier this month. Getting vaccinated is also a prerequisite for trading in markets, working out at gyms, frequenting restaurants and sitting university exams.
- In Greece, infection rates have shot up today with 2,919 confirmed coronavirus cases – up from 1,608 on Monday. Tough measures, including a ban on all eateries and entertainment venues, went into effect across Greece on Monday as health officials attempt to rein in a fourth wave of the pandemic. The new regulations, which require people to prove they have been vaccinated when they enter bars, cafes, tavernas and clubs, are set to be in place for the next six months eliciting fury among restaurateurs and other merchants who predict a massive drop in business. Travellers who have not had the vaccine are also required to provide proof in the form of negative rapid or CPR tests before boarding boats, trains and planes. To date around 55% in a population of roughly 11 million has been fully vaccinated, far below the 70% required to achieve herd immunity. To date Greece has registered 620,355 confirmed coronavirus cases. There were 31 more deaths overnight bringing the total to 14,268.
- The Dutch government has announced it is easing Covid restrictions and will introduce a “corona” pass showing proof of vaccination to go to bars, restaurants, clubs or cultural events. The corona pass will be required for people aged 13 and up to enter venues such as restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums, concerts and festivals both indoors and outdoors. More than 70% of the Dutch population, or 12.6 million people, have received at least one dose, while 65% are fully vaccinated, according to the official data.
- The Russian president, Vladimir Putin is self-isolating after cases of coronavirus were detected among close contacts. The Kremlin has said that he will no longer travel to Tajikistan this week as planned for regional security meetings and will instead do them by video conference. He will self-isolate for “a certain period”, the Kremlin said.
- Turkey reported 27,802 new cases, the highest since 4 May. It also recorded near-record daily deaths of 276. Deaths have risen sharply since mid-July, not long after it removed many of its coronavirus measures. Turkey has given at least one jab to 83% of the population.
- Mauritius is battling an explosion of coronavirus cases. Hospitals are overwhelmed, ventilators in short supply and cemeteries are running out of space.
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