December 4, 2022

Sydney is facing its worst epidemic as the lockout approaches its seventh week

Sydney, Australia On August 3, 2021, Australian Security Forces and New South Wales Police patrol a street on the outskirts of Bangstown during an extended lockout to prevent the spread of the corona virus (Covit-19).

  • Sydney records the biggest daily rise in infections, with five deaths
  • Melbourne tracking new cases, close contacts over 3,000
  • Locking was announced for the second largest city in New South Wales

SYDNEY, Aug. 5 (Reuters) – Sydney recorded its deadly corona virus outbreak on Thursday, prompting authorities to launch an investigation into a beach party suspected of spreading the virus to a region outside the city, where a week-long lockdown has erupted.

Sydney, Australia’s largest city, is approaching the seventh week of a planned nine-week lockdown that has recorded five deaths and increased daily infections as it struggles to control the highly contagious delta virus strain.

Four of the five dead were not vaccinated, and one had a dose, state health officials said, urging residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The nearby Hunter area, Newcastle, the second largest city in the state of New South Wales, has been locked up since Thursday evening after six new cases. These orders place an additional 615,000 people under strict home stay orders, raising a total of 6 million people in the state.

Along with the northern city of Brisbane, around it, one-third of Australia’s 25 million population is under stay orders.

Authorities suspect the virus spread to the Hunter area from a nearby beach party in Newcastle after people traveled from Sydney, violating the city’s lockout.

“Our strong focus is on laying the groundwork for how the disease has spread and been introduced in Newcastle,” New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chand told reporters in Sydney.

New South Wales has registered 262 new cases, most of which were in Sydney, higher than the previous daily high of 239 on Sunday, with officials blaming a significant number of young people in hospitals for the delta strain.

“Vaccination of the elderly … Govt mainly affects those who are not vaccinated, in this case the younger ones,” Alexandra Martinique, an epidemiologist at the University of Sydney, told Reuters.

Sydney is in shock after the death of a 27-year-old man infected with the corona virus on Wednesday — the state’s youngest. read more

‘Vaccine Available’

With approximately 35,200 Govt-19 cases and 932 deaths, Australia avoids most cases in other developed countries, but its vaccination figures are very low, with only 20% of its population being fully vaccinated for 16.

New South Wales health officials are urging residents, especially those over 60, to get vaccinated.

The five deaths in Sydney included three men under the age of 60, a man in his 70s and a woman in his 80s, bringing the total death toll in the latest eruption in New South Wales to 21.

Health experts expect the country to withstand stopping and opening locks until it reaches more vaccine coverage, although New South Wales Premier Gladys Periglian has said some restrictions could be relaxed when vaccinating half-adults in Sydney. read more

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also been criticized for his sluggish national immunization drive, which critics say forced Sydney to lock up for months, shutting down large parts of the economy and pushing Australia into its second recession in years.

“I’m lucky in essential service, so I’m still working and still getting paid. For others it’s a mixed bag. Said.

Neighboring states of Victoria and Queensland are also on high alert following the rise in new cases.

Victoria, who completed the lockout weeks ago, filed eight new cases, raising the possibility of tighter controls.

In Brisbane, 16 more COVID-19 cases have been reported, as in the previous two days.

Report by Renzu Jose, Byron Kaye and Stefica Nicole Bikes; Editing by Jacqueline Wong, Christian Smallinger and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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