The premier of Australia’s most populous state on Sunday urged people to get vaccinated so COVID-19 restrictions can be lifted.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said citizens could expect “a much better life, much better freedoms” once 70% of the eligible population had received two jabs.
New South Wales on Sunday recorded seven new deaths and a further 1,262 locally acquired daily infections.
The state of Victoria recorded 392 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, including 107 linked to known outbreaks and chains of infections.
Speaking in Melbourne, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said that 85% of his state’s 3,112 active cases were in people under 50.
“This is something that is really targeting, if you like almost, those who are not vaccinated,” he said. “That group is still too big for us to be able to open up.”
More than 48,000 coronavirus tests were conducted in Victoria on Saturday, and 36,000 vaccines administered.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) recorded 15 locally acquired new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
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