Sydney, Darwin locked out as COVID-19 cases emerge across Australia – .

Sydney, Darwin locked out as COVID-19 cases emerge across Australia – .

MELBOURNE – Australia on Sunday reported one of the highest numbers of locally acquired coronavirus cases this year, triggering lockdowns in the cities of Sydney and Darwin and forcing tighter restrictions in four states.

Sydney began a two-week lockdown on Sunday as Bondi’s neighborhood cluster of the highly contagious variant of the Delta coronavirus rose to 110 in Australia’s largest city, while an outbreak in the city of Darwin, in the north of the country, resulted in a harsh two-day stay-at-home order.

“Given the degree to which this strain of the virus is contagious, we anticipate that over the next few days the number of cases will likely increase beyond what we have seen today,” said the premier of the virus. ‘State of South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, at a press briefing in Sydney.

As of Sunday evening, 38 cases of different COVID-19 variants were reported, including 30 in Sydney, four in the Northern Territory, three in Queensland and one in Western Australia.

It was the first time in months that so many different parts of Australia were reporting new infections on the same day, and Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt also warned Australians there would be more. more to come.

“I have no doubts that we will be fine. There will be cases that will follow. We have to be honest and aware of this. “

Queensland, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and South Australia have implemented stricter social distancing rules, with some closing borders to arrivals from affected areas, others passing through the compulsory wearing of a mask indoors.

Australia has been more successful in managing the pandemic than many other advanced economies thanks to swift border closures, social distancing rules and high compliance, reporting just over 30,450 cases and 910 deaths from COVID-19 .

But the country has struggled to roll out its vaccination and has faced an increasing number of small outbreaks in recent months.

Government figures suggest that there have so far been only about 1.4 million double doses of vaccines administered in a country of 25 million people.

The lockdown in Sydney meant people could only leave their homes for essential shopping, work, education, exercise and medical care.

“I think because we’ve been through a lockdown already, I guess we’re a bit more mentally prepared this time around,” said Preet Singh, a resident.

Australia’s opening series rugby test against France next month has been moved to Brisbane as Sydney goes into lockdown.

The Northern Territory has reported four locally acquired infections unrelated to Sydney that started with a worker at a gold mine owned by Newmont Corp, now in lockdown.

“I’d rather we go too hard, too soon, than to go too slow and risk everything,” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said at a press briefing after imposing an immediate 48-hour strict lockdown on Darwin and some surrounding areas. (Additional reports by Stefica Nicol Bikes; Written by Lidia Kelly; Editing by William Mallard & Simon Cameron-Moore)


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