Melburnians enduring the world’s longest Covid lockdown have reacted with despair after Sydney emerged from lockdown before them.
NSW got its first taste of what life will look like after the pandemic on Monday after the state hit the 70 per cent double-vaccination mark.
Bars, shops, cafes, gyms and hair salons were overrun with fully-vaccinated customers as Sydneysiders enjoyed their ‘Freedom Day’ after three months of being stuck inside.
Victorians though – whose state recorded 1,466 cases and six deaths on Tuesday – are at least two weeks away from hitting that milestone.
Cooped-up Melburnians who have spent more than 250 days in lockdown since the pandemic began took to social media to vent their frustration.
Cooped-up Melburnians who have spent more than 250 days in lockdown since the pandemic began have taken to social media to vent their frustration at Sydney getting their freedom back
Pubgoers pictured in Sydney as NSW celebrated its ‘Freedom Day’. The state got its first taste of what life will look like after the pandemic on Monday after hitting the 70 per cent double-vaccination mark
One resident on Twitter used the ‘it’s been 84 years’ meme from the movie Titanic to joke about how long Melbourne has spent in lockdown compared to Sydney.
‘I can’t believe how much Sydney is celebrating ‘freedom’ after their short lockdown compared to Melbourne,’ another wrote.
‘I’m sorry but how did Sydney get out of lockdown before Melbourne – it makes no sense to me,’ another said.
Melburnians enduring the world’s longest Covid lockdown have reacted with despair after Sydney emerged from lockdown before them
TikTok personalities living in the city ‘dubbed the Covid capital of the world’ were also less than impressed that Sydneysiders got out of lockdown before them.
‘That was supposed to be me!’ one TikToker said while lamenting the fact he still can’t go to the gym in Melbourne.
Another lip-synced to the words ‘how does it feel to live my dream’, before captioning the post ‘sincerely from Victoria’.
The 1,466 cases recorded in Victoria on Tuesday marked a significant drop from the 1,612 confirmed on Monday – a promising sign rising vaccination rates in the state are stemming the spread of the virus.
Minister have vowed long-suffering Victorians will still be out of lockdown in time for summer as hospitals take unprecedented steps to protect the public from the ongoing outbreak.
Health Minister Martin Foley said he was confident Melbourne would be rid of stay-at-home-orders within weeks, with pubs, shops, restaurants and gyms given the green light to reopen their doors.
Melbourne overtook Buenos Aires as the most locked down country on earth in late September, moving past Argentina’s capital and their 234 days stuck at home, but Mr Foley says the end is on the horizon for the fully-vaccinated.
Social media users living in the city ‘dubbed the Covid capital of the world’ were less than impressed that Sydneysiders got out of lockdown before them
Cooped-up Melburnians who have spent more than 250 days in lockdown since the pandemic began
‘With Victoria preparing to open in time for summer, based on our implementation of the national plan for reopening, we’ll also be launching today a new campaign to remind everyone that your vaccination is your ticket,’ he said.
Meanwhile, one Victorian hospital is opening up extra intensive care wings in preparation for a spike in cases when the state re-opens.
Victoria is set to hit the 70 per cent vaccination rate threshold on October 24, nearly two weeks after their New South Wales counterparts who escaped lockdown on Monday.
It too will enjoy an easing of restrictions when that milestone is reached.
The state has battled several Delta outbreaks, with the latest seeing Victoria register an Australian record of 1,965 cases on a single day last week.