New restrictions as coronavirus cases spread across Australia

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Brisbane, Australia, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – June 28, 2021): New cases of the coronavirus emerged in cities across Australia on Monday, prompting local authorities to impose restrictions in areas that are not used to to live under the strict rules of Covid-19.

Australia has largely been successful in containing the virus clusters, but is now battling outbreaks in at least four cities across the vast continent.

Brisbane, Darwin, Perth and Sydney have all reported new cases of the highly contagious Delta variant, which first appeared in India and spread to Australia after escaping from hotels used to quarantine people. returning travelers.

The largest outbreak is in Sydney, where 130 people have tested positive for Covid-19 since a driver from an international flight crew was diagnosed in mid-June, with city residents now on prescription stay at home for two weeks.

A 48-hour lockdown of Darwin and surrounding areas – set to end on Tuesday – was extended until Friday after a cluster linked to an outback gold mine rose to seven cases.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said for the first time during the pandemic there were exposure sites in the city, which is home to a large indigenous population who feared they were more vulnerable to Covid -19.

“The risk to the community has increased over the past 24 hours. We are now in an extremely critical period. We must remain locked in while we keep this virus trapped,” he said, urging the indigenous people living in remote areas not to visit. Darwin.

Authorities in the cities of Perth and Brisbane again tightened local restrictions on Monday, with mandatory masks and limits on social gatherings imposed on more than two million people in and around Brisbane.

Other regions without confirmed cases have protectively tightened their rules, with masks now required indoors in the nation’s capital Canberra and sweeping restrictions announced for South Australia.

“We believe, given the nature of the rapid spread of the Delta virus, that we have no choice but to take preventative action in South Australia to keep our state and economy strong,” Premier said. Minister of State Steven Marshall.

Australia has recorded a total of just over 30,000 cases and 910 deaths in a population of around 25 million since the start of the pandemic.

Officials quickly implemented restrictions when clusters emerge – almost always after the virus escapes from the hotel’s quarantine system.

But the latest measures are among the most widespread since a nationwide lockdown at the start of the pandemic.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called a meeting of national leaders on Monday evening as his government faces yet another round of criticism for a slow rollout of vaccines and for failing to improve the leaky hotel quarantine system.

Almost 7.4 million doses of the vaccine have been administered to date, but only a small fraction of the population has received both vaccines.

The government has refused to release data on the number of Australians fully vaccinated, but the figure is believed to be around five percent.

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