Unvaccinated people threaten the safety of the vaccinated even when SARS-Cov-2 vaccination rates are high, according to a new modelling study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).
Seven-day isolation for COVID-19 close contacts, compulsory masks for primary school students and the vaccine mandate for venues will be scrapped in Victoria, but masks will remain mandatory on public transport, in airports and health, aged care and justice settings.
More than 14,000 COVID-19 winter booster doses have been administered since the rollout began this week. Latest vaccination figures show more than 94 per cent of those in aged care - and more than 90 per cent of those over 70 - have had their first booster.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced measures targeted at elderly residents as a surge of COVID-19 infections sweeps through care homes with deaths rapidly climbing among the city's mainly unvaccinated seniors.
Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck has dismissed further calls for him to resign, saying during a fiery round of questioning at Senate estimates that the number of deaths in aged care from the virus were not an indication of performance.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has defended the decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions in December, denying at a parliamentary inquiry that aged care representatives warned him against making the move.