Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Australia: Two-week lockdown imposed in Sydney due to surge in Delta variant cases

The Australian city of Sydney has gone into a two-week lockdown after a rise in the number of Corona virus cases.

More than one million people in central and eastern suburbs were already under restrictions imposed on Friday following a jump in cases.

The lockdown now covers the whole city and some surrounding areas, and is extended from one week to two.

More than 80 cases of the highly infectious Delta variant were confirmed in the city in recent days.

New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, stay-at-home orders would be in place until 9th of July for all of Greater Sydney – with a population of about five million – and the surrounding regions of Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong.

When there is a contagious variant, like the Delta virus, a three-day lockdown doesn’t work, she added.

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