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Thousands to attend concert in Melbourne next week


Bureau Report

MELBOURNE: Almost 4000 fully vaccinated people will be able to attend a live music event in Melbourne next week as the state prepares to begin operating under a ‘vaccinated economy’.

Details of Melbourne’s first major event after months of lockdown have been revealed after Victoria recorded 1841 new local cases of COVID-19 and another 12 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Minister for Creative Industries and Government Services Danny Pearson has announced almost 4000 music fans will be able to attend Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on October 30 for the ‘Play on Victoria’ live music event.

The thousands of people attending will need to be fully vaccinated as the event forms part of the state’s vaccine economy trial.

“It’s going to be big,” Pearson said.

“You have to wear a mask in attendance unless you are eating or drinking, and most importantly, everyone who attends will be fully vaccinated.”

Victoria’s 12 new coronavirus deaths include a woman in her 50s, a man in his 70s, three men and two women in their 80s, three men and a woman in her 90s and a man in his 100s.

There are 786 people currently in hospital with COVID-19, including 147 in intensive care and 97 on a ventilator.

COVID-19 cases continue to grow in Melbourne’s southeast, with 575 cases recorded in the region today.

The bulk of those infections are located in the Casey and Greater Dandenong LGAs.

The northern suburbs recorded 477 cases today, which is a reduction from last week.

In the western suburbs there were 547 new cases, and just 73 cases were recorded in the eastern suburbs.

There were 153 new infections detected in regional Victoria, with a spike in cases seen in Mitchell Shire.

There were another 38,881 vaccine doses administered yesterday.

Lockdown to end today night

The vaccination rate currently stands at 69.28 percent double dose as the state prepares to come out of lockdown at 11.59pm today.

COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said, according to vaccination projections, Victoria is set to hit its 70 percent vaccine milestone sometime tomorrow.

“We will see very high-level vaccinations across Victoria over the weeks ahead,” he said.

“My sense at the moment in October, through the work of our many vaccination partners, we are on track to doing 10 million doses during the month of October.”

Weimar clarified Melbourne’s curfew still applies between the hours of 9pm and 11.59pm today, despite lockdown ending at midnight.

“You have to wait for the witching hour to pass and then you can make your way to the pub,” he said.

Premier Daniel Andrews has warned the lockdown will turn into a “lockout” tomorrow, where unvaccinated Victorians could be freedoms well next year.

Andrews said unvaccinated people would likely be refused entry to attend pubs, restaurants and major sporting events “well and truly” into next year.

“I’m not going to say to someone, ‘just wait four or five weeks, then you can go to the pub’ – no – this will be well and truly into 2022,” he said.

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