Daily US Times: Millions more Australians are now in lockdown as the highly contagious Delta variant of coronavirus continues to spread. Authorities have imposed a snap three-day coronavirus lockdown in south-eastern parts of Queensland, including the country’s third largest city Brisbane, which began at 16:00 (06:00 GMT) on Saturday.
It is the latest part of Australia to reimpose restrictions in a bid to cut Covid infections.
Fewer than 15% of residents of the country are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Officials in Queensland reported 6 new coronavirus infections there, all the cases linked to a high school student who tested Covid positive on Thursday.
The chief health officer in Queensland, Dr Jeannette Young, told journalists that they were tracing any contacts of those who had tested positive for the virus and said she thought there could be “an enormous number of exposure sites” in Brisbane.
She said: “If anyone has any symptoms at all, this is the time – you must come forward and get tested immediately.”
The latest coronavirus restrictions imposed are the strictest yet in Queensland. People are only allowed to leave home to carry out essential work or buy essential goods, to go for medical treatment or to exercise.
It comes a day after Australian authorities deployed hundreds of soldiers in Sydney, Australia’s largest city, to enforce its Covid lockdown.
The lockdown restrictions in Sydney will stay in place until at least 28 August.
The state of New South Wales recorded a further death and 210 fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday, after five weeks of lockdown.
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