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CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia mentioned on Thursday it had gone greater than 48 hours since detecting the final domestically acquired case of COVID-19, as Victoria state ended a lockdown letting hundreds of tennis followers again in Melbourne Park for the final days of the Australian Open.

Jack Barber, a 25-year-old scholar, was amongst 7,477 spectators within the stadium watching Japan’s Naomi Osaka defeat the US’ Serena Williams (NYSE:) to undergo to the women closing.

“Yeah, it is superior. I wasn’t positive in the event that they have been going to place the occasion on. It has been very nice to be right here. I truly type of just like the decrease crowds,” mentioned Barber, with the Rod Laver Enviornment restricted by social distancing restrictions to half its capability.

“It is type of good to have the ability to stroll round and go wherever you need.”

Victoria lifted a five-day lockdown late on Wednesday, having ordered one after a spate of instances principally linked to staff at quarantine motels for folks arriving from overseas.

Authorities mentioned the one case of COVID-19 detected throughout the nation up to now 24 hours concerned an individual that was already in resort quarantine after arriving from abroad.

Australia’s Minister for Well being Greg Hunt heralded the end result however mentioned the toll worldwide illustrates the necessity for a “broad-scale nationwide vaccination programme”.

Australia’s inoculation programme will start on Monday, beginning with resort quarantine staff.

“We consider that vaccinating the quarantine and border staff will considerably defend them from transmission, we hope, however actually from getting symptomatic COVID,” Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy informed reporters in Canberra.

“That is our single highest precedence within the first few weeks.”

Australia has largely prevented the excessive price of COVID-19 instances and deaths seen in different developed international locations thanks to frame closures and efficient contact tracing methods. It has reported just below 29,000 instances and 909 deaths.

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