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‘We’re back in action tomorrow’: Premier ‘excited’ to reopen

In a live update on business reopening this morning, Premier Dominic Perrottet said it’s been (more than) 100 days of “blood, sweat and no beers” but “we’re back in action tomorrow”.However Mr Perrottet urged for caution and the need for people to adhere to rules that remain in place today and tomorrow in order to keep case numbers low.“Our aim is to get businesses open, to get people back to work, but we can only do that if people show respect, be kind, be patient and get their vaccination certificate downloaded.”“If we work together as a state, as we have over the last 18 months, we will get through this together.”Minister for Jobs and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the government had begun a tril of home quarantine for overseas arrivals and Qantas air crew staff and hoped to extend this is late October or early November. “I want the Police Commision out of the tourism business,” he said. Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said he hoped that quarantine information will be able to be seemlessly integrated with check-in QR codes by the 80 per cent vaccination reopening, expected to be on October 25.NSW records 447 new Covid cases and six deathsNSW has recorded 447 new Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm Saturday.Six men, aged in their 50s, 60s and 70s, have died in the same period. More than 90 per cent of residents aged 16 and over have one dose of vaccine, and 72.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty, who gave the update via internet livestream, said nearly 11 millions vaccine doses have now been delivered in the state.Of those with Covid-19 in NSW, 794 are in hospital, 159 are in intensive care and 76 require ventilators.Victoria records 1890 new local cases, five deathsVictoria has recorded 1890 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases and five more deaths on Sunday.The health department confirmed the new figures about 8.30am after the state broke the national record for the highest number of new daily cases for the second day in a row the previous day.Sunday’s figure is a slight dip on Saturday’s 1965 new cases, but is still the state’s second highest day ever.The new deaths takes the number of lives lost during the outbreak to 85 and the death toll of the entire pandemic in Victoria to 905.At least 578 positive Covid patients are in hospital in Victoria, with 117 of those in intensive care, including 83 cases on a ventilator.But despite the record levels of new cases, authorities have maintained the state’s reopening road map remains “on track” with lockdown set to end around October 26 when 70 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and older are fully vaccinated.As of Saturday, 85.6 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 57 per cent were fully vaccinated.Premier Daniel Andrews committed to ending the lockdown as planned when the state reached 70 per cent fully vaccinated.“We are on track to meet the targets. We may be ahead of schedule but I don’t want any sense of complacency to creep in,” he said last week.“At this stage, I’ve got no advice that we have to alter anything on the road map.”Daily Telegraph – News Feed latest episodeThe NSW lockdown will end on Monday after the state reached the 70 per cent double dose target last week.There are 18,342 active coronavirus cases in Victoria.Department of Health deputy secretary Kate Matson has warned Victoria could reach 3000 daily case by the end of this month.“At this point in time, we are on track in terms of hospitalisations and new cases,” she said.“But I will remind you there is a middle line and an upper and lower band, and we are still within that band.”Victoria has recorded 11,794 in the past week alone.NAT – Stay Informed – Social Media

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