Australia’s New South Wales state expands COVID-19 lockdown

A lone bicycle owner rides by the empty Martin Place within the metropolis centre throughout a lockdown to curb the unfold of a coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, July 28, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

  • NSW says COVID-19 might have unfold past epicentre
  • State data 283 infections in previous 24 hours
  • Victoria state to finish lockdown of regional areas

SYDNEY, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales expanded its COVID-19 lockdown to the agricultural city of Tamworth on Monday as a consequence of issues the virus might have unfold from Sydney into the countryside.

State Premier Gladys Berejiklian introduced the lockdown of the farming city after individuals identified to have COVID-19 travelled from Sydney to Tamworth, about 414 km (257 miles) to the northwest, with out authorisation.

“As a precaution, the well being specialists have beneficial we lock down Tamworth for one week,” Berejiklian instructed reporters in Sydney.

Officers additionally urged individuals within the Byron Bay space to get examined after a person travelled from Sydney, the epicentre of the state’s outbreak, to the vacationer spot about 767 km to the north.

New South Wales reported 283 domestically acquired instances of COVID-19 up to now 24 hours, up from 262 instances a day earlier.

The state has struggled to comprise a surge of the extremely infectious Delta variant regardless of a lockdown of Sydney now in its seventh week.

Neighbouring Victoria state mentioned it might ease restrictions after reporting 11 new COVID-19 instances, the identical as the day past.

Nearly all of the brand new instances hung out locally whereas infectious, however state Premier Daniel Andrews mentioned the lockdown of regional Victoria would carry afterward Monday.

Victoria capital Melbourne would stay in lockdown – the sixth because the pandemic begun – till not less than Aug. 12. learn extra

In Brisbane, capital of Queensland state, authorities reported 4 new native instances on Monday, the primary day after the town got here out of stay-home restrictions.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is underneath hearth for the sluggish vaccine rollout, with solely 22% of Australians above 16 years of age totally vaccinated.

An opinion ballot by The Australian newspaper confirmed his public approval ranking had hit its lowest degree because the pandemic started. learn extra

Morrison loved excessive rankings early final yr after Australia managed to maintain its pandemic numbers comparatively low. It has up to now reported round 36,250 instances and 939 deaths, together with a ladies in her 90s whose dying in Sydney was reported on Monday.

The prolonged lockdown of Sydney, Australia’s most populous metropolis, would drive the nation’s A$2 trillion ($1.5 trillion) economic system into unfavorable progress this quarter, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg mentioned final month.

Neighbouring New Zealand, which has not seen a neighborhood case since February, mentioned on Monday that 11 of the 21 crew aboard container ship Rio De La Plata off the nation’s north coast have examined optimistic for COVID-19.

As a precaution 94 port staff who hung out on the vessel whereas it was in port are being contacted and stood down till a unfavorable check result’s returned.

($1 = 1.3602 Australian {dollars})

Reporting by Renju Jose in Sydney, Colin Packham in Canberra and Praveen Menon in Wellington; Modifying by Stephen Coates

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