Australia’s 2nd largest city, Melbourne, enters 6th lockdown – News Vibe24

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    CANBERRA, Australia: Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, entered its sixth blockade on Thursday, with a state government leader blaming the slow spread of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine.
    Melbourne joins Sydney and Brisbane, Australia’s most populous and third most populous cities respectively, to be locked in due to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.
    Melbourne and the surrounding state of Victoria will be closed for seven weeks after eight new infections were detected in the city, said Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.
    Andrews announced in less than four hours that the state would close at 8 p.m. He said his government had no choice because only 20% of Australian adults were fully vaccinated on Wednesday.
    “To be honest, we do not have enough people who have been vaccinated and, therefore, this is the only option available to us,” Andrews said. “The time will come when we will have many more options. But this is not now. ”
    Andrews accused the neighboring state of New South Wales that it was too late to lock Sydney after a limousine driver who became infected while transporting a US crew from Sydney Airport tested positive for the delta variant on June 16.
    New South Wales reported Thursday its worst day since blocking Sydney on June 26 with a record 262 new local infections and five deaths.
    New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Beretziklian said four of the dead had not been vaccinated. One had a single dose of the two-shot AstraZeneca vaccine in late May.
    Australian authorities have urged people in Sydney not to wait for the optimal 12 weeks before taking the second dose of AstraZeneca.
    “No one who died had both doses of the vaccine. “I can not stress enough how it is so important for everyone of all ages to come forward and get the vaccine,” said Berejiklian.
    AstraZeneca and Pfizer are the only vaccines available in Australia.
    There have been 21 deaths from COVID-19 in Sydney since the last outbreak began. 78 deaths in New South Wales since the outbreak of the pandemic have been confirmed.
    The government reported 262 local viral infections in the last 24 hours. Six other cases have been diagnosed in hotel quarantine and are not considered a threat to the community.
    When Victoria closed her fifth lockout last week, Andrews said he believed the state was the only jurisdiction in the world that had beaten the Delta outbreak twice.
    Melbourne was the Australian center of the pandemic last year, when new infections peaked at 725 a day in August. Of the 925 Australian COVID-19 deaths reported since the pandemic began, 820 have occurred in Victoria.
    Authorities won confidence Thursday that Brisbane and surrounding Queensland cities will end an eight-day lockdown scheduled for Sunday.
    Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said efforts to curb the spread had exceeded expectations.
    All 16 new local cases reported on Thursday were directly linked to known exposure points.
    But doubts are growing that the Sydney lockout will end as scheduled on August 28, as the number of cases continues to rise.


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