Coronavirus summary: Sydney anti-lockdown rally turns violent | News

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Coronavirus summary: Sydney anti-lockdown rally turns violent | News


Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Australian cities, including Sydney, to protest COVID-induced borders as the country battles a new wave of coronavirus.

Nine News reported that 57 people were arrested and charged in Sydney after the protest turned violent there. Large crowds broke through the barriers and a group charged mounted policemen, throwing several potted plants and bottles.

Protesters flouted restrictions on non-essential travel and public gatherings shortly after authorities said the measures could remain in place until October.

The greater Sydney area has been closed for four weeks as the larger state of New South Wales posts a record number of new infections.

Protesters have also taken to the streets of Melbourne and a car protest rally is planned in Adelaide.

Thousands of anti-containment protesters took to the streets of Sydney

Asia

Vietnam announced a 15-day lockdown in the capital, Hanoi, amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the southern region. The lockdown order bans gatherings of more than two people in public, days after authorities suspended all outdoor activities in the city.

China tests all residents of a southwestern county near Burma after a spike in COVID infections. Authorities announced Monday and Tuesday the closure of all businesses, schools and markets in Jiangcheng County, Yunnan Province, while testing is being carried out.

Travel within and outside the county will be prohibited.

In Japan, Tokyo Olympics organizers reported 17 new games-related COVID cases, bringing the total number of infections since July 1 to 123. The organizing committee said a foreign athlete was among the new cases reported.

The Tokyo region is under a state of emergency linked to the coronavirus as the Games unfold despite strong public opposition.

L’Europe 

Germany reported 1,919 new cases of the virus, bringing the country’s total to 3,754,511, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases. With 28 reported deaths, the death toll rose to 91,520.

Croatia and Montenegro announced stricter COVID rules along the Adriatic Sea coast to prevent an increase in infections from ruining the summer tourist season.

Croatia is expected to restrict the number of people at gatherings next week while Montenegro has temporarily closed nightclubs and discos.

Americas

the United States is purchasing an additional 200 million doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to inoculate young children and possibly provide boosters to vaccinated adults, the White House said.

Half of these doses will be delivered by the end of the year, and the rest by April 2022.

The country has also shipped vaccine doses from Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca to other countries. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said 22 million doses had been shipped this week alone.

A drop in the number of coronavirus deaths has led to some optimism in Brazil while several states are canceling restrictions. However, the Delta variant has aroused great concern after Rio de Janeiro recorded its first deaths from the highly contagious variant.

“The Delta variant is expected to become dominant in the city soon,” Rio City Health Secretary Daniel Soranz told a press conference.

Latin America and the Caribbean have reported a total of more than 40 million cases since the first COVID infections were recorded last year.

see / mm (Reuters, AFP, AP, dpa)

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