As the Delta variant continues to spread throughout Sydney, a two-week hard lockdown has been imposed in the city as well as its surrounding areas.
The Delta variant has now accounted for 80 cases in Sydney as authorities struggle to control the spread.
Certain parts of Sydney were already in lockdown as a result of the outbreak but with the rapid increase of cases and exposure sites, health authorities have imposed a full lockdown.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Australia has only reported 30,400 cases and 910 deaths due to its quick response to the detection of Covid-19 cases.
The lockdown, which will be in place until July 9th, will only allow people leave their homes for essential reasons as well as limits on public gatherings along with the compulsory wearing of face coverings when indoors.
An alternative site will also be chosen for Australia’s series-opening test against France, which was originally meant to be played at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 7th.
New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that “There was no point doing it for three days or five days because it wouldn’t have done the job,”.
The lockdown is to effect regions of Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong, which surround Sydney.
New Zealand began halting quarantine-free travel from Australia as a result of the rising cases and outbreaks.
Berejiklian was reluctant to impose the lockdown but a number of health experts called for it as Australia is struggling with its vaccine rollout.
Australia’s deputy chief medical officer Michael Kidd stated that only 28% of people aged 16 and over have only received their first vaccine dose.