Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Australia’s Sydney and Darwin in COVID-19 lockdown

MELBOURNE – Sydney began a two-week lockdown on Sunday, as a cluster of cases of the highly contagious coronavirus rose to 110 in Australia’s largest city with the delta variant, while an outbreak in the northern city of Darwin prompted a two-day difficult migration did. domestic order.

Gladys Berejiklian, State Premier of News South Wales, told a news briefing in Sydney: “Given how contagious this strain of the virus is, we anticipate that in the next few days, there is a potential to grow beyond what we have seen today.” Chances are.”

The island nation has been more successful than many other advanced economies in managing the pandemic through rapid border closures, limited international travel and social distancing rules, reporting just over 30,450 cases and 910 COVID-19 deaths.

But the country has faced an increasing number of smaller outbreaks in recent months. These have so far been contained through rapid contact tracing, isolation of thousands of people at a time or through snap lockdown.

Thirty new infections reported by Sydney on Sunday took the number of delta-type cases linked to a cluster in the Bondi neighbourhood, to 110. Two other cases were under investigation.

The rapid increase in cases and exposure sites persuaded the state government to reluctantly enforce a lockdown, under which people can leave home for essential shopping, work, education, exercise and medical care.

Contactees were rushing to come in contact with airline passengers after discovering that an attendant in Sydney on several flights across the country had been infected.

The Northern Territory, home to some of Australia’s best-known ancient Aboriginal culture and a fortified mining sector, which saw its first coronavirus case in months on Saturday, reported four locally acquired infections unrelated to Sydney’s outbreak.

The Delta type transition began with an employee at a gold mine owned by Newmont Corp, which is now in lockdown.

Since officials have not been able to track down all close contacts of the miner, a strict 48-hour lockdown was immediately imposed on Darwin and some surroundings.

“I’m sorry we went too easy instead of going too hard, too quickly and risking it all,” Chief Minister Michael Gunner told a news briefing.

Neighboring Queensland reported two locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with officials saying both infections were of the alpha version, first detected in the United Kingdom in September 2020.

Western Australia reported a community case that state officials suspected was the delta variant.

by Lydia Kelly. The Epoch Times contributed to this report.

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