Australia must press ahead for Covid vaccination: PM

Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, has asked citizens to “continue pressing forward” to reach Covid-19 vaccination targets in the fight against the third wave.

According to Xinhua, Australia will reopen under Morrison’s plan to end the pandemic when 70% of adults have been fully vaccinated.

He said that he encouraged everyone to get the vaccine starting tomorrow at 12 o’clock in the morning.

“We must now continue to push forward in these last weeks and months to reach the vaccination targets set forth in the national program.” Australia reported 1,745 Covid-19 cases locally on Monday morning. This brings the total number of Covid-19-infected persons to 73.605, and the death toll to 1,091.

New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state, and the current epicenter of the pandemic reported 1,257 new deaths and 7 cases.

Victoria, the state with the second most people, has reported 473 more local cases.

13 cases were recorded in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), which leads the nation in vaccination rates.

Only two cases of the infected were kept under quarantine and six other cases are being investigated.

This means that it is not certain if the Canberra lockdown, which began on August 12, would be ended as planned on Friday.

According to the Department of Health, approximately 67% of Australians 16 years and older have received at least one dose of vaccines, and 42% were fully vaccinated.