Australia Covid live news update: Victoria looks to open early as 70% vaccine target met; NSW to decide on plan for 80% opening

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Good morning everyone and welcome to Thursday. We are nearly done with the week, don’t worry we can do it!

Well, vaccinations rates are rising fast in Australia’s two most populous states, and as positive is as that is, it’s causing a little bit of a headache for the new NSW premier.

There has been concerns raised about regional NSW when you look at those double dose vaccination rates…

[But] we don’t make decisions on a knee jerk reaction. We make decisions in consultation with our health and economic teams.

We’ve always said, if we can do more, we will do more… We’re acutely aware of home gatherings leading to spikes and that was definitely a feature of (the AFL) grand final. They were people that didn’t normally come together…

It’s different for families. If we can limit numbers, if we think the epidemiology looks okay, (I’m) absolutely open to that as well.

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