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Make Plans for Family Christmas, Australia Premier Says

  • States face ‘day of reckoning’ on lockdowns, minister warns
  • Sydney’s delta outbreak still growing, hospitals under strain
A lineup outside a Covid-19 vaccination center in Melbourne on Sept. 1.

A lineup outside a Covid-19 vaccination center in Melbourne on Sept. 1.

Photographer: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has doubled down on his plan to end pandemic lockdowns and state border closures by Christmas, even as rising cases increase the pressure on Sydney’s health-care system. 

“Everyone can make plans for a family Christmas,” Morrison said in an interview with Melbourne’s Herald Sun paper on Sunday. “Nobody wants Covid to be the virus that stole Christmas, and we have a plan and the vaccinations available to ensure that’s not the case.”