Sumary of How does Australia’s reopening plan stack up against the rest of the world and what can we learn?:
- The New South Wales government announced this week its roadmap for reopening once 70% of adults in the state are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.Once that target is reached – expected to be in late October – double vaccinated people will be able to have indoor gatherings and return to pubs, gyms and entertainment venues.
- But experts have advised the need for a cautious reopening, amid reports the NSW chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, wanted to delay reopening until 80% of adults in the state are double vaccinated.
- UKIn the UK, prime minister Boris Johnson ended most Covid-19 restrictions in England on 19 July – dubbed “freedom day”.
- At that point, 67% of the the UK population over 16 had been fully vaccinated.
- At present, 80% of the adult population – 65% of the total population – is fully vaccinated.
- This week, 8,000 people were in hospital with Covid – almost a six-month high – and there were more than 200 deaths on Tuesday, the highest figure since March.
- USWith 65% of the adult population fully vaccinated and amid high case numbers, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr Anthony Fauci has warned it is too early for the US to see an end to the pandemic.
- The country’s seven-day average is at 140,000 new daily cases, and Fauci has warned against easing restrictions until the case numbers drop below 10,000.Many states have reopened.