Australian authorities extended the lockdown in the city of Melbourne for a further three weeks on Wednesday.
Until now, Australia has always aimed to eradicate Covid-19 with strict measures completely, but the authorities have now realised that the country will have to learn to live with the virus.
From now on, the focus will therefore be shifted to vaccinating as many people as possible. Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews hopes that by September 23, 70 percent of adults in his state will have had at least one shot. At that time, he says, the measures can be relaxed considerably.
“We’ve tried everything, but it’s clear to us now that we’re not going to get the number of infections down; they’re just going to go up,” Andrews told media. “With the lockdown, we buy time to vaccinate as many people as possible.”
In the state of Victoria, the number of infections has risen from 76 to 120 in one day. One hundred of these infected people have entered the community despite the measures.