Another travel bubble is emerging for Australia, with Singapore confirming that it will start accepting fully vaccinated Australians next month.
The Singapore government has agreed that vaccinated Australians will not have to self-quarantine after November 8.
Travelers will be required to pass two tests, one before departure and one upon arrival at Changi Airport.
They must self-isolate until their test result is confirmed as negative.
Singapore has also recently opened up travel for people from the US, UK and Germany.
This comes despite the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore, where 253 people have died from the coronavirus in the past month.
The country has recorded 25,000 new cases in the same period, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, when just over 82% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, at least four states are bracing for international arrivals without quarantine, as Australia is on track to hit the 80% full COVID-19 vaccination mark within a week.
The latest forecast on covid19data.com.au has an 80% best-case scenario – a target set by the national cabinet for major changes to restrictions – being reached on November 2, which is also the day of the Melbourne Cup.
The latest data from the Federal Department of Health shows that 74.1% of Australians over 16 are now fully vaccinated, with 87.1% having received a first dose.
Now here is a recap of other COVID news in Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
The QR code check-in app that Victorians use to register at cafes, shops and even playgrounds, will also be able to let them know if they have visited an exhibition site.
An update to the Service Victoria app means it can notify people if they’ve visited a level one exhibit site, according to an update released by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Previously, Victorians had to closely monitor government exhibit listings, which can stretch to hundreds of locations, or wait for health officials to contact them directly.
“This new feature is another way for Victorians to know if they have visited a Level 1 exhibit site, allowing them to isolate themselves more quickly to protect the community,” the update said.
New exhibition venues named Tuesday night include:
- The Café Club in Bendigo;
- Bakery, Pastry and Pieces in Sale;
- Kiah Schoen Beauty in Traralgon;
- Hair Lovism in Traralgon.
Meanwhile, coronavirus cases in northwest Melbourne continue to decline after record growth in vaccination rates.
In the Hume local government area, once the center of the state’s COVID-19 outbreak, about 70% of residents in the local government area are fully immunized, an increase from 35% il four weeks ago.
The LGAs of southeast Grand Dandenong and Casey have overtaken the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne for new infections, and there are also a growing number of cases in Albury Wodonga on the Victoria-NSW border.
Victoria recorded 1,510 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths on Tuesday, bringing the toll of the state’s latest outbreak to 234.
About 90.8% of Victorians over the age of 16 have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while nearly 76% are fully vaccinated, paving the way for further easing of restrictions at 6 p.m. Friday.
It comes as new laws giving the prime minister the power to declare a pandemic have been introduced in parliament.
The bill provides for new penalties for people or businesses who do not follow the rules when they know it would pose a “serious risk” to the health of others.
Based on the proposed penalty units, individuals could be sentenced to two years in prison or a fine of $ 90,000, while companies could be fined more than $ 450,000.
The opposition described the proposed laws as “the most extreme, dangerous and excessive laws ever presented to our state.”
The bill is expected to be passed by the lower house with the support of MPs during its debate on Thursday.
New South Wales
A COVID-19 epidemic continues to bubble on New South Wales’ border with Victoria, as the NSW premier hints freedoms may be restored sooner than expected.
The local health district of Murrumbidgee recorded the second highest number of cases on Tuesday, accounting for 45 of the state’s 282 infections.
Some 40 of these cases were in the local government area of Albury. There is also an increase in cases in Wodonga across the Murray River in Victoria.
Murrumbidgee District has recorded 393 cases and two deaths since the start of the Delta epidemic. Albury was the site of 301 of these cases.
The daily case count in the district has exceeded 40 for three consecutive days, after the outbreak began in earnest in mid-October.
With regional areas like Albury soon to welcome travelers from Sydney, Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has hinted that other freedoms may also be restored soon.
Regional travel is expected to get the green light on November 1, after being delayed due to delayed vaccinations in the regions.
In Albury, immunization numbers are lower than the state average – while more than 95% of those over 16 received their first dose, 79.9% were fully immunized on Sunday. That’s about five points below the state average.
Mr Perrottet said his COVID economic stimulus committee would review “aspects of the roadmap” this week.
“The vaccination rates have provided an opportunity to revisit some areas and we will look at that,” he said.
The state surpassed 12 million COVID-19 jabs on Tuesday.
Among NSW residents aged 16 and over, 93.2% have received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 85.5% of adults are fully vaccinated.
In the 12-15 age group, 78 percent have received their first dose and 53 percent are fully immunized.
ACT health officials have warned Canberrans not to use government COVID-19 clinics if they need a negative test to travel between states.
With Queensland set to reopen its borders from next month once the state reaches 70% full vaccination, travelers to Canberra will need a negative COVID test 72 hours before arrival.
However, ACT Health said its large testing clinics were only for monitoring and managing COVID cases in Canberra and not pre-travel conditions.
“People should not go to a government-run ACT testing clinic unless they are showing symptoms of COVID, whether they are in close or occasional contact or have been instructed by a public health authority. to get tested, ”an ACT Health spokesperson told AAP.
“If people need a COVID-19 test before traveling between states, they should see their GPs and be referred to a private pathology clinic. “
Queensland is the only state or territory where a negative COVID test will be required to enter.
Quarantine-free travel is expected to be in place in most states, except Western Australia, by Christmas, with jurisdictions requiring travelers to be fully vaccinated to enter.
ACT Health said there were no plans to reduce testing sites.
Health authorities in the capital are expected to provide a detailed epidemiological update on the COVID outbreak on Wednesday.
The update was originally due to be released on Tuesday, but has been pushed back.
ACT is approaching 90 percent of its over-12s fully vaccinated, with the double-dose rate rising to 89.3 percent.
On Tuesday, 12 new cases were reported in the capital, with an increase in the number of tests.
The number of hospitalized COVID patients has fallen to 15, including nine in intensive care and nine on a ventilator.