Freedoms are returning to the southern states as Adelaide emerges early from a ‘breaker’ lockdown and Victoria is on the verge of taking the final stages of COVID-19 restrictions.
Positive signs Australians could enjoy a COVID-free Christmas, low infections in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales have prompted the lifting of more rules.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews is expected to announce on Sunday that assembly limits will be relaxed to allow 50 people outside and 10 people at home.
Indoor weddings, funerals, and religious gatherings can accommodate 100 people and restaurants can expand to 100 people indoors and 200 outdoors.
The state is on the verge of eradicating the virus with a single active case after 22 days without transmission.
Overnight, Victoria replaced its brief “hard border” with South Australia with a permit system.
NSW and ACT are due to open their borders in Victoria on Monday.
SA lockout ends
In Adelaide, only one new case was recorded on Saturday – the partner of a positive case – bringing the Parafield outbreak to 26.
The brutal and brutal state lockdown ended at midnight on Saturday three days earlier, but Prime Minister Steven Marshall said he was still “very concerned” as authorities have yet to locate around 40 people.
“The advice from health experts we have received is that we are still running a very dangerous cluster,” said Mr. Marshall.
“Although we are reducing these restrictions, we are still very concerned. There are still a lot of people we need to identify. “
SA commissioner Grant Stevens said investigators were speaking to the worker at the pizza restaurant who triggered the lockdown after lying to contact tracers.
He is believed to be a 36 year old Spaniard living in Australia on a temporary graduate visa.
“It’s fair to say that if that person had been more direct with us, we wouldn’t have instituted a six-day lockdown,” Stevens said.
Police have issued 60 fines and 103 warnings to South Australians caught breaking COVID-19 rules.
NSW has marked a fortnight without a local coronavirus case and is approaching the 28 infection-free days demanded by Queensland before reopening its border.
Ten cases of the virus diagnosed within 24 hours until 8 p.m. Friday were travelers in quarantine.
“Although there have been no new locally acquired cases in NSW in the past 14 days, we continue to encourage people to get tested, even if they only have the most severe symptoms. milder such as a runny nose, sore throat, cough or fever ”. Said Dr Jan Fizzell of NSW Health.
Victoria will start sharing the burden on international travelers from December 7 with a revised hotel quarantine system. Initially, 160 people will be needed per day.
Meanwhile, Victorian authorities are concerned about traces of the virus unexpectedly discovered at a Melbourne wastewater treatment facility, which prompted residents and visitors to Altona in southwest Melbourne on Monday see you on Wednesday to be tested if they are symptomatic.
The result is unexpected because it has been about eight weeks since a person in the area tested positive.
Watershed suburbs include Altona, Altona Meadows, Laverton, Point Cook, and Sanctuary lakes.