Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday defended the country’s lockdown strategy for tackling the Coronavirus, saying it would stay until at least 70 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated. Today’s 914 cases of the highly infectious Delta variant surpassed the previous high of 894 a day earlier. Mr. Morrison said in a television interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the lockdowns are a key element of the federal government’s strategy to rein in outbreaks until the 70 per cent level is reached, with borders being reopened gradually when the figure climbs to 80 per cent. Police arrested hundreds of people during anti-lockdown demonstrations in Sydney and Melbourne.
The tally of active cases stands at nearly 12,000 nationwide. According to data from the Health Ministry yesterday, nearly 30 per cent of Australians older than 16 have been fully vaccinated. Despite a third wave of infections from the Delta variant, Australia’s Covid-19 numbers are relatively low, with just under 44,000 cases and 981 deaths.