COVID-19 infections  since the first was detected in June mid, in a Sydney limousine driver transporting overseas airline crews, now stand at more than 1,000.

Australian officials urged people to obey lockdown measures that cover around 40% of the country’s population  an outbreak of the highly  COVID-19  Delta variant again found  on Friday. Despite Sydney heading into its fourth week of lockdown, New South Wales officials recorded 97 new locally acquired cases, up from 65 on Thursday.

Sydney heading into its 4th week of lockdown, New South Wales officials recorded 97 new locally acquired cases, up from 65 on Thursday.

Chant said  during a media conference “I can not  stress to the community my absolute concern that we need to work harder at reducing mobility and reduce our interactions with others if we will bring the situation under control” .

State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the daily case numbers on Saturday will be higher still because of that strong underlying number and she may  tight  restrictions if necessary.

Berejiklian is under pressure to introduce more curbs, including shutting down non-essential retail shops, to contain the Delta strain.

There are recentaly  75 cases in hospitals, with 18 people in intensive care, 5 of whom required  ventilation. In neighbouring Victoria,  reported 6 new cases on Friday, compared with seven a day earlier, taking total cases in the state under the current outbreak to 24.

Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said, a snap five-day lockdown on Thursday night as officials race to track two different chains of transmission  an infected team of furniture movers from Sydney and a family who returned home after a trip to the city.

Total virus-exposed sites in Victoria have topped 100, mainly in the state capital Melbourne, including a stadium that hosted a rugby match between Australia and France, with hundreds of  ordered to test and isolate.

 Lockdowns,  social distancing rules and contact tracing have helped Australia keep its COVID-19 numbers relatively low, with just over 31,500 cases and 912 deaths, but the fast-moving Delta variant has stoked concerns of a major fresh wave.


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