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Washington, District of Columbia 2020-10-18 01:54:11 –

Melbourne, Australia (AP) — Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, has relaxed its blockade restrictions as new and active COVID-19 continue to decline. …

Melbourne, Australia (AP) — Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, has relaxed its blockade restrictions as new and active COVID-19 continue to decline.

Starting midnight Sunday, Melbourne residents will no longer face the time limit of being able to spend time away from home for education and recreation. The previous limit, which allowed Melvanian to travel just 5 km (3 miles) from his home, will increase to 25 km (15 miles) at midnight.

Up to 10 outdoor gatherings from 2 households are allowed and golf and tennis can be resumed.

Victoria reported only two new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday with no deaths. The 14-day rolling average of the cases dropped to a minimum of 8 in 4 months.

There were only 137 active cases across Victoria on Sunday, with 12 being treated in the hospital and not in the intensive care unit.

On November 2, some shops, bars and restaurants will be reopened and regulations will be further relaxed.

In other developments in the Asia Pacific region:

— India has added 61,871 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, increasing the total to about 7.5 million. The Ministry of Health on Sunday also registered 1,033 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 114,031. The country continues to decline with new cases, but virus-related deaths have skyrocketed after hitting a minimum of 680 per day in almost three months on Friday. Some experts say Indian numerals may be unreliable due to poor reporting and poor health infrastructure. India also relies heavily on antigen testing, which is faster but less accurate than traditional RT-PCR testing. Health officials have warned that the virus could spread during the religious festival season, which begins later this month. New Delhi is also prepared for high levels of air pollution, which will complicate the fight against the coronavirus in the coming months. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged authorities to prepare refrigeration chains and distribution networks for vaccine delivery in line with elections involving governments and civil society groups at all levels. According to Indian authorities, the three vaccines are in the advanced stages of development.

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