Central Sydney and Bondi stranded on spread of Delta variant


Sydney, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – June 25, 2021): Central Sydney and its popular eastern beaches around Bondi were put on lockdown on Friday as authorities try to contain a growing epidemic of the variant Highly contagious Covid-19 delta in Australia’s largest city.

Sixty-five cases of coronavirus have been reported so far in the outbreak linked to an infected limousine driver about two weeks ago while transporting an international flight crew from Sydney Airport to a quarantine hotel .

But authorities have since identified dozens of potential infection sites visited by thousands in parts of Sydney, from affluent seaside suburbs to the city’s main business district.

Health officials have been alarmed by the rapid spread of the Delta variant first seen in India, noting cases of people transmitting the virus during fleeting encounters in stores and then rapidly infecting close family contacts.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian of the state of New South Wales, which includes Sydney, called it the “scariest time” since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

On Friday, she ordered anyone who lived or worked in four neighborhoods in eastern and central Sydney to stay home for at least a week, venturing only to buy essentials, get medical attention, exercise, go to school or if they are unable to work. of the House.

The restrictions, which would affect around a million people, included workers in the central business district, fearing that commuters could potentially spread the virus to other parts of the city, Berejiklian said.

“We have done better than expected in terms of finding contacts and mastering all of those links,” she said.

“But it makes sure we haven’t missed any community transmission channels.” An earlier ban on Sydneysiders from leaving the city has also been extended until next Friday, as traces of the virus were detected in sewage water in the remote town of Bourke, about a nine-hour drive northwest of Sydney.

It was a dramatic development for a city that had returned to relative normality after months of recording very few local cases.

But residents largely seemed to be taking it in the wake of 16 months after the start of the pandemic.

“To be honest I probably think it should have happened a few days ago because there has been a pretty decent gap the last few days,” said Alana Trepper, 40, of Bondi. “But that’s what it is,” she added. .

“People have to sacrifice their personal freedoms at this point,” said fellow resident Michael Frydman as he walked along Bondi Beach.

“We’ve had a pretty good one so far. There have been a lot of cases recently and they’re trying to get over it.” Australian Medical Association president Omar Khorshid berated authorities in New South Wales for failing to take tougher action, including locking down the entire Sydney metropolitan area, home to some five million people .

“The Delta virus is different; it spreads much more easily,” Khorshid told media in Canberra.

“Sydney has never faced this before.” He was particularly critical of not including in the lockdown households of people who work in affected areas of Sydney but live elsewhere, noting the high degree of viral spread to family members.

Korshid warned that while the economic impact of a lockdown is difficult, a larger outbreak could be “catastrophic” for the whole country.

It is the latest in a series of instant “circuit breaker” lockouts in major cities across Australia, with most cases linked to returning travelers being quarantined at the hotel.

Australia has been one of the most successful countries in the world to contain Covid-19, with just over 30,000 cases and 910 deaths in a population of around 25 million.


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