Travel restrictions ease as fourth booster becomes available for millions

NSW recorded new 19,843 scenarios of COVID-19 and four fatalities, as the nation prepares to scrap some of the very last remaining pandemic constraints on worldwide travel.

Almost 3300 wellbeing personnel are off function unwell or isolating owing to COVID-19, with just about 1200 NSW citizens hospitalised with the virus. Of those people, 44 are in intensive care.

Health worker and student Max Eberle receives a booster vaccination in February

Wellbeing employee and pupil Max Eberle receives a booster vaccination in FebruaryCredit history:Cole Bennetts

From April 17, global travellers will no for a longer time have to have to show a adverse COVID-19 exam before flying into Australia and a two-12 months ban on cruise vessels coming into the region will be lifted.

Worldwide arrivals will nevertheless have to have to provide proof of double vaccination versus COVID-19.

Wellbeing Minister Greg Hunt claimed the changes are part of winding up of pandemic biosecurity orders, which will stop just months right after hundreds of thousands of older Australians turn out to be eligible for a fourth coronavirus jab.

“Given the vaccination requirements continue being and the masking necessities, the powerful health care suggestions is that [testing] would no longer be demanded,” Mr Hunt said.

Australia’s best vaccine advisory group on Friday advised an added “winter” booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to lift safety for people today aged about 65 and all those at threat of serious disease, as foreshadowed by the Herald previously this week.

Nurses and nursing staff have voted to protest in Sydney again next week.

Nurses and nursing employees have voted to protest in Sydney once more upcoming 7 days. Credit score: James Alcock

Additional than 5 million individuals will be eligible for the added dose, which will apply to 4.2 million Australians aged in excess of 65, about 230,000 aged and incapacity care inhabitants, around 500,000 men and women who are severely immunocompromised, and about 80,000 Indigenous Australians aged 50 and above.

By Harriet