Sydney sees worst pandemic day of 2021 two weeks into lockdown – News Vibe24

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    SYDNEY: The state of New South Wales (NSW) Australia on Thursday reported its biggest daily rise in locally acquired Covid-19 cases this year as officials struggled to eradicate a growing complex of the highly contagious Delta variant.
    The rise in cases after two weeks of hard locking in Sydney, Australia’s largest city, has raised the prospect of further restrictions, with officials blaming illegal family visits for the continuing rise in infections.
    NNO reported 38 new local cases, from 27 days earlier, with 11 of them having spent time in the community while being infected.
    Given the slow release of vaccines in Australia, NNO Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has urged residents to limit visits to family and friends’ homes, citing the highly contagious nature of the Delta strain.
    “It’s really important for all of us to stay on track and follow the health tips to give us the best chance of getting out of this lockout in time,” Bereikiklia told reporters in Sydney.
    Berejiklian said she had no plans to extend the current lockout after July 16, but warned that it would be “an unrealistic case” to control the Delta variant amid low vaccination rates and people violating social distance rules.
    More than 9% of people in NSW have been fully vaccinated, while about 29% had a first dose.
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the federal government would provide adequate financial support if the blockade was extended, saying the state was in a “sand shift” and urged patience. “I know people are tired … they are frustrated. This is a virus we are dealing with and it tends to set its own rules,” Morrison said in a televised interview.
    A stern home order has been in place in Sydney, home to one-fifth of the nation’s 25 million people, since June 26, restricting movement of people and restricting gatherings.
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    The Australian Medical Association (AMA), meanwhile, has warned NNO authorities to avoid lifting any lock-in rules before completely eliminating the Delta epidemic.
    “There is no alternative to eradication for New South Wales … nowhere in the world can a Delta community live without very high levels of vaccination,” said AMA President Omar Khorshid.
    The latest infections have swept across Sydney in this outbreak at nearly 400, after the first case was detected three weeks ago in a limousine driver being flown to an outside airline crew.
    Australia has done much better than many other developed countries, keeping Covid-19 numbers low, with just under 30,900 cases and 910 deaths, however, the country’s slow vaccination growth has taken some of that success.

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