Australia’s 25 million population will again in lockdown as the delta variant outbreaks ‘ with Ruefel authorities in Melbourne enforcing stay home for the sixth lockdown since the pandemic starts.
On Thursday, the number of new infections in New South Wales state grew to 262, the largest daily tally since the pandemic began.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said he had no choice but very difficult announcement , Melbourne and the rest of Victoria state will enter a week lockdown from 8 p.m. local time on Thursday .
The nation second largest city last year endured one of the world’s longest and strict lockdowns, and only emerged from its most recent one on July 28. Sydney resident has ordered to stay home orders until at least August 28.
New South Wales state reported 262 new infections a record number highly variant leaked into Sydney’s community in mid-June. 5 more people died, and 4of them weren’t vaccinated, Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in the city, which has been in lockdown for almost six weeks.
New South Wales saw Berejiklian on Thursday announce that the Hunter Valley region — including Newcastle, a city of around 500,000 people will be placed into a one-week lockdown.
Five people in their 60s-80s have died in Sydney in the past 24 hours, none of whom were fully vaccinated.”The virus doesn’t move by itself. Peopl staying at home ensures that the virus doesn’t move,” he said Thursday.
Australia’s federal government said last week the country would begin reopening and start to avoid lockdowns again 70% of the entire adult population had been fully vaccinated.
Even as other developed economies like the U.S. and U.K. open up, Australia is further isolating after imposing strict border restrictions when the pandemic began early last year.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison ahead of elections due by May has made it particularly to the delta variant, which is increasingly leaking out of the quarantine system for international arrivals.The lockdowns show the limits of Australia’s so-called “Covid-zero” strategy, which has relied on closed international borders testing to eliminate community transmission of the virus.