Sydney lockdown extended: The New South Wales government has extended the lockdown in Sydney for another month after the cluster was found due to the delta variant of the coronavirus.
A man passing through a road during the lockdown (AFP)
In Australia’s largest city Sydney, the lockdown has been extended for another month (Lockdown Extends in Sydney). The state government of New South Wales announced that the lockdown in the city with a population of 5 million will remain in effect until at least 28 August. This decision has been taken on Wednesday after 177 new cases of infection were reported in the last 24 hours. This is the largest number of daily cases since the cluster of infected people was found in mid-June. The reason behind the new case in Sydney is the infectious delta variant.
Gladys Berejiklian, Supreme Leader of New South Wales, told reporters, “I am as sad and disappointed as you guys that we are not able to reduce matters as much as we should have done at this time but this is the reality.” More than 2,500 people have been found infected in a group since a driver of a limousine car was found infected with the highly contagious Delta variant on June 16. The driver was infected after coming into contact with a crew member of the American plane he had taken in his car from Sydney airport. The death toll in the infected group reached 11 on Wednesday after a woman aged over 90 died in a Sydney hospital.
Emergency is in force in New South Wales
Earlier, on 23 July, the government of the state of New South Wales declared an emergency in view of the increasing cases of COVID-19. Gladys Berejiklian called on the federal government to provide more vaccines for the worst-affected suburbs west and south of Sydney. Sydney has been under lockdown for almost a month. The ‘delta’ form of COVID-19 spread from Sydney to Victoria and then from there to the state of South Wales. There is also a lockdown in these states. Half of Australia’s 26 million population is facing lockdown.
Fear among people about vaccination
Only 15 percent of adults in Australia are fully vaccinated. There is an adequate supply of locally manufactured AstraZeneca Vaccine in the country. But in view of the cases of blood clots related to it, there is an atmosphere of fear among the people. Because of this people have started looking towards other vaccines. But they only have the option of Pfizer, because this is the second vaccine, which has been approved for use.
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