Victoria COVID-19 cases rise as state registers 1,656 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths
Victoria recorded 1,656 new cases and 10 deaths before gymnasiums, retail and indoor entertainment reopened and regional borders dissolved at 6 p.m. Friday as the state shuts down on 80 percent of the population receiving a double dose.
There are now 738 people hospitalized with coronavirus, including 130 in intensive care and 85 on a ventilator, according to the health ministry.
Victoria has 23,730 active cases. There were 20,361 doses of vaccination administered Thursday, with more than 70,000 test results returned.
About 78% of Victoria’s eligible population over the age of 16 is fully vaccinated.
Starting at 6 p.m. Friday evening, travel will be permitted between the Victoria regional region and the Melbourne metropolis, with masks no longer required outdoors.
Gyms, indoor entertainment and retail businesses will be able to open for the first time in three months.
Most indoor environments, including restaurants, pubs, gyms and hairdressers, will be subject to a limit of one person per 4 mÂ² as long as staff and clients are fully immunized.
Paul Guerra, head of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Friday would be a “champagne day” for business, but more work would need to be done to bring office workers back to the CBD, as well as international students. in the state.