With more than five million residents of Australia’s largest city now locked up for more than six weeks, Sydney reported 343 new infections in an outbreak fueled by the spread of the highly communicable Delta strain of COVID-19, 66 more than on the day. front and top. the last peak of a day established on Saturday https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/australia-daily-covid-19-2021 -record-high-with-million-lockdown-2021-08-07 .
Authorities in the state of New South Wales (NSW), home to Sydney, also announced three deaths from the virus, all unvaccinated. A total of 357 cases are in hospitals, 60 in intensive care, 28 of which require ventilation.
With just under 36,700 cases and 942 deaths, Australia has handled the pandemic much better than many other developed economies. But the Delta strain has ruined Australia’s reopening plans as authorities seek to accelerate the deployment of vaccines that critics of Prime Minister Scott Morrison https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/australia-pms -ratings- hit-pan demic-low-amid-lockdowns-2021-08-08 has been criticized for being too slow and ineffective.
Amid questions about the effectiveness of the Sydney shutdown, under which residents are supposed to stay home and avoid essential movements, New South Wales authorities said police were asked to step up controls on how many people were allowed inside the little shops at the same time they were there. you still see “a lot of unnecessary movement of people”.
“What worries me is the overcrowding in shopping malls and places where we have seen broadcast events in small stores,” state health director Kerry Chant told reporters.
State officials have set a target of six million vaccinations by the end of the month, when the Sydney shutdown is scheduled to end, if restrictions are to be eased. So far, more than 4.5 million vaccines in total have been administered in NSW, with more than 23% of people over the age of 16 fully vaccinated.
“That is why we have had a sense of urgency about the jab … because that gives us the opportunity to see what people can do in September and October,” State Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.
Meanwhile, New South Wales officials expanded the strict stay-at-home rules to include two regions near the Queensland border, Byron Bay and Tamworth, late on Monday after visits from contagious people from the city.
Australia’s Victoria state reported a slight increase in new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising the possibility of a prolonged shutdown in Melbourne, the country’s second-largest city, beyond Thursday.
Authorities reported 20 new cases, up from 11 the day before. In line with recent trends. Concerning officials, 15 of the cases were in the community while infectious.
Economists expect the lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne to have tipped the country’s $ 2 trillion ($ 1.5 trillion) economy into a second recession in as many years, with a contraction expected for the quarter through September.
“There are big challenges for the economy, but I want people … to be confident, optimistic and know there will be light at the end of the tunnel,” Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told Seven News on Tuesday. .