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Melbourne to ease more COVID curbs as 80% vaccination rate nears

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By Lidia Kelly MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Melbourne, the world’s most locked-down city that emerged from its latest spate of COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, will see more curbs eased next week when Victoria state reaches an 80% full vaccination rate, officials said on Sunday. Home to about five million people, Melbourne endured 262 days, or nearly nine months, of stay-at-home restrictions during six lockdowns since March 2020, longer than the 234-day continuous lockdown in Buenos Aires. Starting on Friday, when 80% of people across Victoria – of which Melbourne is the capital – are expected to be …

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