Australia’s most populous state reinstated some restrictions and suspended elective surgeries on Friday as COVID-19 cases surged to another record.
New virus cases in Australia surged to record levels on Tuesday, increasing the strain on hospitals and testing centers across the country.
Victoria reported 8,577 new cases, a record for the state which eclipsed the previous peak of 7,442 on New Year’s Day.
Australia has so far avoided the worst ravages of the pandemic, reporting a total of 2,200 virus deaths among its population of 26 million.
A 31-year-old woman in Australia has been charged with arson after she set fire to the COVID-19 quarantine hotel in Cairns.
More Australians than ever think they will contract COVID-19 in the short-term future despite the high vaccination rate.
Australia is betting that vaccination rates are now high enough to mitigate the danger of allowing international travel.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has yet to say when tourists will be welcomed back to Australia, but has ruled out this year.
Sydney planned to reopen on Monday after 70 per cent of the New South Wales state population aged 16 and older were fully vaccinated.
Australia introduced some of the toughest travel restrictions of any democracy in the world on people entering and leaving the island nation on March 20 last year.
The 2020 Australian GP at the Albert Park street circuit in Melbourne last March was called off at the last minute at the start of the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.