SYDNEY – Australian officials on Monday extended a brief three-day lockdown in the city of Brisbane and some neighboring regions while hundreds of military personnel began patrolling Sydney to help enforce COVID-19 lockdown rules.
Sydney, Australia’s largest city, is in its sixth week of lockdown as it struggles with a surge in infections that added nearly 3,500 cases since the first was discovered on a limo driver hauling foreign airlines.Officials in New South Wales, whose capital is Sydney, have pleaded with residents to stay home to prevent further surges and called in the military to help police enforce some lockdown rules.
Approximately 300 military personnel who are unarmed and under police command will go door-to-door to ensure that people who test positive are in Their homes are being isolated.
With a steady spike in new cases, lockdown rules in southeast Queensland, which includes Brisbane, will apply until Sunday as officials fear there may be more undiscovered cases in the community and residents be asked to be tested. Restrictions should end Tuesday evening.
Australia is going through a cycle of stop-and-start bans in multiple cities with the advent of the fast-paced Delta tribe, and such restrictions are likely to continue until the country has a higher vaccination rate Achieved.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised that bans would be “less likely” once the country vaccinated 70% of its population over the age of 16, which is now 19%. Morrison expects to hit that mark by the end of the year.
Although Australia’s vaccination campaign is lagging behind many other developed economies, it has done much better to keep coronavirus numbers relatively low, with just under 34,400 cases and 924 deaths / p>
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