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Australia’s New South Wales Warns Next 2 Days Will Be ‘Critical’ As Covid-19 Outbreak Grows

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SYDNEY: Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) said on Monday that the next two days would be “absolutely critical” in deciding whether a two-week lockdown against coronavirus in Sydney, which will end on July 9, will have to be rolled out amid the surge in the number of Delta variant cases.
With more than five million Sydney residents under strict stay-at-home orders, total infections in the latest outbreak have surpassed 300. NSW reported 35 locally acquired cases on Monday, coinciding with the largest daily increase in infections in so far this year, recorded two days ago.
“We expect the number of cases of people in isolation to continue to rise,” New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters. “What we are really seeing is the number of people that have still been infectious in the community and the impact that will have in the coming days.”
Of Monday’s cases, 28 were isolated during or part of their infectious period. Seven cases spent time in the community while they were infectious.
“The next few days will be absolutely critical,” Berejiklian said.
Sydney, the city hardest hit by Australia’s latest outbreak of infections, is struggling to contain the highly infectious Delta variant. Perth, Brisbane and the northern city of Darwin came out of sudden lockdowns over the weekend after officials deemed the Delta tension under control.
Instant lockdowns, quick contact tracing, strict social distancing rules and high community compliance have helped Australia suppress past outbreaks, with just over 30,750 Covid-19 cases and 910 deaths since the pandemic began. .
Berejiklian of New South Wales said the lockdown had been effective so far in limiting new cases to dozens rather than hundreds, though he said many had violated health orders, helping the virus to spread.
Several players on an Australian rugby league team were fined AU $ 1,000 ($ 750) by NSW police for violating public health orders after hosting a party. ($ 1 = 1.3293 Australian dollars)
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