Melbourne: Celebrations as city exits sixth lockdown (9 อ่าน)
Australia is hoping it has said goodbye to lockdowns after its second-largest city, Melbourne, became the final state capital to reopen.
More than five million people are celebrating new freedoms, such as visits to cafes and other households.Melburnians have endured six lockdowns and more than 260 days under restrictions during the pandemic.
That's led Victoria's state capital to be dubbed the "world's most locked down city".Authorities said the city was well placed to reopen because 70% of over-16s were now fully vaccinated.
People celebrated with parties in bars and cheering in the streets.Bar owner George Leveque said. "It's like New Year's Eve, without the fireworks."
"It's exciting, but there are a bit of nerves too," he told The Age newspaper.
Though lockdowns have drawn criticism, Australia's tough restrictions have been credited with saving many lives.
The country has recorded 1,590 deaths during the pandemic - far fewer than most advanced nations.
While a Delta outbreak spread to its biggest cities in July, about half the country has remained virus-free.
Sydney and Canberra have also emerged from lengthy lockdowns recently, after achieving high vaccination rates.
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said non-vaccinated people in Melbourne would not be able to enjoy the lifting of restrictions until next year.