Australian authorities extended for another weekuntil midnight on July 16, Close of nearly six million residents of Sydney, the most populous city in the country, and in the surrounding areas, due to increased infections due to the delta variant. Today, the state of New South Wales recorded 27 new cases of infection, and since mid-June, when the first case was reported for a group of tourists, there have been more than 350 infections.
As the state’s governor, Gladys Berejiklian, has made clear, the increase in the number of infections will not stop soon. The lockdown imposed on June 26 affects more than a fifth of 25 million Australians and in other areas local measures have been taken, most of which have already been lifted.
Australia closed its borders in March 2020 and plans not to reopen them until mid-2022: foreign inputs have been cut from 6,000 to 3,000 a year, making it difficult for some 34,000 Australians to live abroad. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 30,800 infections and 910 deaths have been recorded while 8.4 million people have been given vaccinations, but only 5% of the population has a full course. AGI
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