Australia reports easing in new COVID-19 infections as vaccinations rise

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – New daily COVID-19 cases in Australia’s Victoria and New South Wales states, the epicentres of the country’s worst virus outbreak, fell on Wednesday as authorities look to start easing tough restrictions amid a rise in vaccination rates. A total of 1,420 new locally acquired cases were reported in Victoria, most of them in the state capital Melbourne, down from a record 1,763 on Tuesday. Eleven new deaths were registered, the state’s highest daily number in the current outbreak. Melbourne has been in lockdown since Aug. 5 as Australia grapples with a third wave of infections…

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