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Sydney stores, businesses reopen as Australia looks to live with COVID-19

CA, 12 Oct 2021
Sydney's cafes, gyms and restaurants welcomed back fully vaccinated customers on Monday after nearly four months of lockdown, as Australia aims to begin living with the coronavirus and gradually reopen the country.

Calling it "freedom day", New South Wales (NSW) state Premier Dominic Perrottet told reporters in Sydney the state needs to learn to live alongside the virus. "We are leading the nation out of this pandemic, this will be a challenge."

Perrottet has declared an end to lockdowns in NSW and has strong support for reopening in Sydney, whose more than 5 million residents endured severe restrictions from mid-June following an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant.

New South Wales on Monday reported 496 new locally acquired cases, well down from their peak last month, while Victoria logged 1,612 new infections, the lowest in five days.

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