Victoria’s COVID-19 pandemic proclamation will expire next Wednesday night, and the isolation restriction will be lifted early
The state government has declared that Victoria’s pandemic proclamation will expire at 11:59 p.m. next Wednesday night.
The pandemic proclamation, which empowers the government to impose pandemic health measures such as quarantine, was set to expire on October 12.
The government stated that the declaration’s expiration would also mean that enforced isolation for Victorians would end on Thursday.
The nationwide isolation mandate is set to expire on Friday, October 14.
Meeting this deadline would have necessitated Victoria to extend its proclamation by 24 hours.
Positive cases will be strongly advised to be isolated.
COVID instances in Victoria have dropped dramatically since the end of winter, with active cases falling nearly 90% from a peak of 71,428 on July 23 to 7,415 on Friday.
However, authorities have already noticed that the proportion of patients with COVID-19 who are tested is decreasing.
The seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 patients in Victorian hospitals is 137, a 5.5% decrease from the same time last week.
On July 20, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the BA.5 wave peaked at 906.
Vaccines are still required for healthcare personnel
Premier Daniel Andrews stated that vaccination requirements for health professionals would be maintained through health directives.
Other businesses will be able to keep required vaccines if their employers believe it is necessary under health and safety laws.
“We don’t want this spreading into elderly care if we can avoid it, and we certainly don’t want it getting into disability services,” the Premier added. “We want to keep people well who are in hospital, and COVID makes that very difficult.”
In Victoria, 94.8 percent of persons aged 12 and up have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination, while 70% of people aged 16 and up have received a third dose.
The Victorian government had been gradually relaxing the few remaining epidemic restrictions.
The government stated on Tuesday that the purpose-built quarantine hub at Mickleham will close next week due to high vaccination rates in the neighborhood.
The obligation to wear masks on public transportation was repealed in September.
The recommendation to work from home had been removed weeks before.
More COVID variations have been discovered in Victoria
The health department stated that it would continue to monitor the appearance of new Omicron strain subvariants.
Wastewater testing has shown that the COVID-19 Omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants remain the prevalent strains in Victoria.
Authorities have also found new Omicron BA.2 sub-lineages, BA.2.75 and BA.2.75.2, at low levels in both metro and regional locations.
According to the government, there is no proof that these sub-lineages caused more severe diseases.
Other BA.2 and BA.5 sub-lineages have been discovered at low levels but are uncommon.