Sydney extends lockdown as other Australian cities reopen

Sydney extends lockdown as other Australian cities reopen
Sydney has already been in lockdown for five weeks. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: The coronavirus lockdown in Sydney has been extended by another month as Covid-19 infections continue to rise.

Since late June, Australia’s largest city has been under stay-at-home orders due to an outbreak of the Delta variant.

More than 2,500 people have been infected by the virus in Sydney’s worst outbreak this year.

New South Wales – of which Sydney is the capital – reported 177 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the most in a day since March 2020.

Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of the state, said it was not possible for the city to exit lockdown on Friday as had been planned.

She announced further curbs on movement – including a 6.5 miles (10km) limit on essential shopping.

South Australia and Victoria both came out of coronavirus lockdowns on Wednesday, after containing smaller outbreaks.

Sydney’s 5 million residents had enjoyed a fairly normal lifestyle this year until the latest Covid-19 outbreak happened.

For most of the pandemic, the country has kept infections relatively low by closing its borders and ordering hotel quarantine for arrivals.

State governments have plunged cities into rapid lockdowns to curb the surge, using aggressive contact tracing.

In the past year, there have been over a dozen snap lockdowns.

But experts warn that the coronavirus restrictions in Sydney could last until September or even later.

Authorities say they can’t re-open the city until the transmission rate is back to near zero.

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