Even as the country’s Prime Minister urges state leaders to also be ready to reopen as soon as they fulfill vaccination goals, Victoria state recorded 779 new COVID-19 illnesses and two fatalities on Sunday, a drop from the earlier day’s record high of 1,045 infections and two deaths.

As authorities struggle to control a Delta variant epidemic that has been in the state since mid-year, the daily rise was still the second-highest in the state, behind the 847 cases reported on Saturday, according to the latest data.

The State Of Victoria In Australia Has Recorded The Second-Highest Daily Increase In Viral Cases

Despite their efforts, Australia’s 2 most crowded states, New South Wales and Victoria have tried to keep the highly contagious strain under control as they ramp up vaccines to 80 percent of the population, a level that will enable authorities to relax stringent lockdown procedures.

The State Of Victoria In Australia Has Recorded The Second-Highest Daily Increase In Viral Cases

Only half of Australians have received both doses of the flu vaccination, despite the fact that three-quarters had received the first dose.

In an interview broadcast on Sunday, Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister, said that once the 80 percent vaccination barrier has been reached, he anticipates states to open their borders and relax their immigration restrictions.

“We all have a personal duty to take care of our own health and well-being. “It’s critical that we go ahead,” he said on Channel 7’s “Sunrise” show “a plan; a program From Washington, where he had been attending a meeting with his colleagues from the U. S., Japan, and India, he added, “There comes the point when you simply have to go on and get on with it.” 

Morrison said that his message to the Australian people was, “That’s what I’d want to give them for Christmas: the ability to enjoy their lives again. And it is within the realm of possibility for governments. And that’s something I’d want to see us offer them as a present.” The state of New South Wales documented 9 deaths on Sunday, according to government data, while new regionally acquired illnesses fell for a 3rd day to 961, this same lowest daily number in well almost a week, raising hopes that the peak in cases, which was initially estimated in mid-September, may have been reached as vaccination rates increased, the data showed.

“While we are very pleased by the decreasing trend that we have observed, we cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to Delta,” Gladys Berejiklian, state Premier, said in a statement.

The first dose rate in the state has increased to 85.2 percent of individuals over the age of 16, while the second dose rate has increased to 59.1 percent of the general population. The state of NSW has reported 288 fatalities as a result of the Delta epidemic, accounting for almost a quarter of the estimated 1,230 deaths throughout the nation.

As the state government nears the completion of the 80 percent vaccination goal, authorities will develop a road plan for what to do next in order to restore community activities for those who have not been vaccinated this week. Until as many as 90 percent of the state’s people have had 2 doses of the vaccine, sporting events, interstate travel, pubs, restaurants, and other activities may be off-limits to those who have not received the vaccine.