Australia is fighting to eliminate more outbreaks of the most contagious delta variant.
Sydney has recorded five deaths and 262 new infections in the past 24 hours. This is a new record, according to Reuters. City of Millions is now in the seventh week of a nine-week shutdown.
Victoria will also be on lockdown for one week from Thursday night as a result of eight new cases that are somewhat traceable to other known cases. The authorities announced that the number of infected people will increase in the coming period, as the new cases combined have more than 3,000 close contacts, he writes. CNN.
– None of this is optional. This is a closure, and it will be carried out with the best intentions of reducing the number of cases again, says Victoria Governor Daniel Andrews according to Reuters.
It spreads at lightning speed
The lockdown in Victoria is also affecting the regional capital Melbourne, which is home to around five million people.
Brisbane in Queensland has also been closed since July 31, so from Thursday night Australia will be subject to strict measures.
According to Andrews, a planned lockdown in Victoria is the only option if you want to avoid a longer lockdown until Christmas.
The delta variant is spreading at lightning speed and when it catches people, they have already managed to infect the people they live with, their co-workers and other people they spend time with, according to the Australian newspaper 9 news.
Army spread out
Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, has been hit the hardest. Since mid-June, the city of millions has recorded more than 3,000 cases and 13 deaths, according to Reuters.
This week, authorities imposed stricter restrictions in hard-hit suburbs, which include measures such as mandatory testing and the ordering of outdoor masks.
The military has also been deployed to assist the police in knocking on doors to verify that restrictions are being met. The military are not armed and are helping the police – a measure that has triggered reactions.
“They are a poor and vulnerable community, and they do not deserve these strict restrictions or these extensive and draconian measures,” Cumberland Mayor Steve Christo said.
About 60 percent of the Cumberland population was born outside Australia, according to Reuters.
Vaccination rate is low
Australia has done relatively well so far in this pandemic too 35,200 registered cases and 932 deaths. However, the country is struggling to speed up vaccination.
Less than 20 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, according to The New York Times A review of the vaccination rate in different countries is lower than in countries such as Russia, Colombia and Kazakhstan. The proportion of those who received the first dose is also low, and most recent deaths are among the unvaccinated.
Australia has gone through a long series of domestic lockdowns during the pandemic. According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, such shutdowns will be less likely when about 70 percent of the population over the age of 16 has been vaccinated. He writes this goal is expected to be achieved by the end of the year Reuters.
The Prime Minister was in tough weather As a result of slow vaccination. A poll conducted in mid-July showed that a growing degree of the population is now dissatisfied with the government’s handling of the pandemic, according to reports. Reuters.
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