Delta variant: Australian authorities impose full containment in Sydney

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Faced with the progression of the Delta variant, the Australian authorities decreed on Saturday a total reconfinement of the city of Sydney, the largest metropolis in Australia with more than five million inhabitants.

Total containment for the people of Sydney. Australian authorities decided, Saturday, June 26, to put the city of Sydney under a bell, to deal with an outbreak of new cases of coronavirus caused by the more contagious Delta variant, which worries all over the world even if several countries Europe continue to ease their restrictive measures.

The confinement, which had already been in force since midnight Friday in four districts of the city, begins to apply on Saturday from 6 p.m. (0800 GMT) to the whole of the metropolis, announced the Prime Minister of the State of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian.

More than 80 people have tested positive this week, all linked to a driver who drove airline crews from Sydney Airport to quarantine hotels.

“The Delta variant is proving to be a particularly formidable enemy,” State Health Minister Brad Hazzard told reporters. “Whatever defensive measures are taken, the virus seems to know how to counterattack,” he added. The discovery of these new cases came as a shock to Australia’s largest metropolis with more than five million inhabitants, where life had almost returned to normal.

“When you have a variant as contagious as the Delta virus, a three-day lockdown doesn’t work,” said Gladys Berejiklian, defending the decision to impose a two-week lockdown. “The transmissibility is at least double of the previous variants, so we must prepare for a potentially high number of cases in the days to come,” she added.

For two weeks, residents will only be able to go out to buy essentials, get medical care, exercise, go to school or work if they cannot work from home. Anyone in the country who has also been to Sydney since Monday must also self-isolate for fourteen days.

Australia, which has so far contained the spread of Covid-19 rather well on its soil, has totaled since the start of the pandemic less than 30,000 cases of Covid-19 and less than a thousand deaths for 25 million ‘inhabitants.

With AFP

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