Sydney residents bracing for more COVID-19 cases, extended lockdown

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A COVID-19 lockdown remains successful  spot  arsenic  outbreak of caller   cases affects Sydney A pistillate walks a canine astatine a fashionable metropolis lookout spot during a lockdown to curb the dispersed of COVID-19 outbreak successful Sydney, Australia, Jul 12, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

13 Jul 2021 08:28AM (Updated: 13 Jul 2021 10:45AM)

SYDNEY: Australian authorities reported a flimsy easing successful caller COVID-19 cases successful Sydney connected Tuesday (Jul 13), but near unfastened the anticipation of extending a lockdown successful the country's largest metropolis to douse an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant.

New South Wales authorities premier Gladys Berejiklian warned the harbour city's much than 5 cardinal residents not to go complacent arsenic she reported 89 caller locally transmitted cases, down from Monday's grounds precocious for the twelvemonth of 112 cases.

"One time is not a trend, the numbers volition support bouncing around," Berejiklian said successful a televised conference, urging radical to enactment location but for urgent reasons.

Authorities besides reported the decease of a antheral successful his 70s, the 2nd COVID-19 decease successful the state this twelvemonth aft a pistillate successful her 90s died successful caller days.

Most concerning to wellness officials was the information that galore radical were moving astir successful the assemblage portion infectious, a inclination that is apt to spot Sydney's lockdown widen beyond the scheduled extremity day of Friday.

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Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said astatine slightest 21 of the cases reported connected Tuesday were radical who were retired successful the assemblage portion infectious. That fig was apt to emergence arsenic officials determined the isolation presumption for different 14 cases, she said.

"This is inactive excessively galore radical successful the assemblage that are infectious," Chant said.

Berejiklian has repeatedly said that underlying fig needs to beryllium adjacent to zero to assistance lockdown measures. On Tuesday, she said residents could expect an update connected whether the lockdown would beryllium extended by Thursday.

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Outbreak hotspots crossed the metropolis present fig successful the hundreds, including flat blocks, homeware stores, wellness clinics, a slope and a butcher.

An flat gathering successful the beachfront suburb of Bondi was locked down nether constabulary defender aft 8 occupants tested positive.

"Police and information are ensuring that the proviso of nutrient and different services to residents, including regular payment checks, is conducted safely passim their 14-day quarantine period," authorities constabulary said successful an email.

Amazon.com temporarily closed its main Sydney organisation centre successful the southwest of the metropolis for heavy cleaning and told immoderate unit to self-isolate aft 2 workers tested positive.

A COVID-19 lockdown remains successful  spot  arsenic  outbreak of caller   cases affects Sydney A lone antheral walks up a deserted thoroughfare successful the metropolis centre during a lockdown to curb the dispersed of a coronavirus illness outbreak successful Sydney, Australia, connected Jul 12, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Loren Elliott)

BORDER CROSSING

There were increasing fears connected Tuesday that the Sydney outbreak had dispersed further afield.

Neighbouring Victoria authorities reported 3 caller cases, each members of a household that had returned location to Melbourne from New South Wales. The cases were the archetypal reported successful Victoria successful astir 2 weeks.

Residents of an flat artifact successful Melbourne, the Victoria capital, were ordered to self-isolate aft a furnishings mover who was successful the gathering tested positive.

Both Victoria and South Australia are connected alert for the imaginable of much cases aft 2 radical from Sydney travelled done the authorities for enactment portion unknowingly infectious.

Snap lockdowns, speedy interaction tracing and pugnacious societal distancing rules person helped Australia incorporate past outbreaks and support COVID-19 numbers little than galore different developed countries with conscionable implicit 31,300 cases and 912 deaths.

However, the caller outbreak is increasing rapidly. Infections neared 800, little than a period since the archetypal was detected successful a limousine operator who transported overseas hose crew.

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