Victoria's Covid cases jump as Australia reopens borders

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Victoria's Covid-19 cases have shot up once again with 1471 new cases and four more Covid-related deaths announced on Monday.

There are now 699 people in hospital, with 136 in the ICU and 86 on a ventilator.

"We thank everyone who got vaccinated and tested yesterday," The Victorian Department of Health said on Twitter.

"Our thoughts are with those in hospital, and the families of people who have lost their lives."

Pictured is Melbourne's Flinders Street Station.
Victoria has announced another 1471 new Covid-19 cases. Source: AAP

On Sunday, 1,036 locally acquired infections were reported as the state hit the 80 per cent fully vaccinated target.

The Department of Health said on Monday 81 per cent of people aged over 16 are now fully-vaccinated against Covid-19.

The most recent Delta outbreak in Victoria peaked on October 14, when 2297 cases were reported.

International arrivals land in Victoria

Travel to NSW and the ACT is now unrestricted for Victorians.

Victoria, along with NSW are welcoming their first quarantine-free international arrivals today since Australia's border snapped shut last year.

Victoria won't cap the number of fully vaccinated returning Australians wishing to enter the state, but unvaccinated people and international arrivals who don't meet the criteria will be limited to 250 per week.

Passengers disembark Jetstar flight JQ505 from Sydney upon arriving at Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, Monday, November 1, 2021.
The first passengers travelling without quarantine restrictions have begun arriving at Melbourne Airport. Source: AAP

Passengers don't have to isolate if they are inoculated with an approved vaccine, provide a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure and another 24 hours after arrival.

Children aged under 12 arriving with fully vaccinated parents, and people with a valid medical exemption will also not be required to quarantine.

Outbound international travel is also set to increase, with the federal government no longer requiring exemptions for people to leave Australia.

 A mother and daughter are reunited at Sydney's International Airport as early morning flights arrived from Los Angeles, Japan and Singapore on November 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia.
Fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in New South Wales from Monday 1 November are no longer required to enter mandatory hotel quarantine. Source: Getty Images

A quarantine-free travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia has been given the green light to resume.

Trade Minister Dan Tehan anticipates a similar Singapore travel bubble is imminent.

He wants returning Australians to be prioritised, but hopes foreign workers and people on working holiday visas can be allowed in before Christmas.

With AAP

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