Melbourne, Australia (AP)-Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, has eased lockdown restrictions as the new active COVID-19 continues to decline.
Starting at midnight on Sunday, Melbourne residents will no longer face time constraints and they can spend time at home for education or entertainment. The previous limit that allowed Melburnians to be only 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from home will be increased to 25 kilometers (15 miles) at midnight.
Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people from two families are allowed, and golf and tennis can be resumed.
Victoria only reported 2 new cases of COVID-1
On Sunday, Victoria had only 137 active cases across the state, 12 people received hospital treatment and no one received intensive care.
With the reopening of shops, bars and restaurants, regulations will be further relaxed on November 2.
Among other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:
-After five people in the Thai border town of Mae Sot tested positive for the coronavirus, Thailand closed all border crossings between its northern Dak province and Myanmar. These five people have no symptoms and are the first locally transmitted cases confirmed in Thailand since a prison inmate tested positive in early September. All five people are family members of Myanmar nationals living in Thailand. Two cases were initially confirmed to be affected and were added to the total number of Thai cases on Saturday, while three cases were officially increased on Sunday. Together with the cases found among people who were quarantined after arriving from abroad, another 7 cases were aggravated on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in Thailand to 3,686, of which 59 were fatal.
—In the past 24 hours, India has added 61,871 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 7.5 million. The Ministry of Health also recorded 1,033 deaths on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 1,14031. The country’s new cases continue to show a downward trend, but the number of virus-related deaths rose sharply after hitting the lowest daily average of 680 in nearly three months on Friday. Some experts say that India’s figures may not be reliable due to poor reporting and insufficient medical infrastructure. India also relies heavily on antigen testing, which is faster than traditional RT-PCR testing but has lower accuracy. Health officials warned that the virus may spread during the religious holiday season later this month. New Delhi is also preparing for high air pollution levels, making the coronavirus battle more complicated in the coming months. Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Narendra Modi) has asked officials to prepare cold storage chains and distribution networks for vaccine delivery in accordance with the route of the election, involving all levels of government and citizen groups. According to Indian officials, the three vaccines are in the late stages of development.
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