Starting today, a two-week-long lockdown is being imposed on Sydney and its surrounding regions in an attempt to control the spread of the Delta variant.
A full lockdown has been imposed with residents being ordered to stay at home with the exception of essential reasons. Anyone from outside the lockdown zone who visited Sydney since last Monday has been instructed to self-isolate.
Certain parts of Sydney, such as the business district and its eastern suburbs, already had movement restrictions imposed on them but due to the rapid spread in cases, a full lockdown was imposed.
Darwin has entered a separate 48-hour lockdown after a number of cases were linked to a Covid-19 outbreak on a remote mine.
New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated that a shorter snap lockdown would be ineffective in containing the rising cases despite advice from health experts.
Berejiklian stated, “Given how contagious this strain of the virus is, we do anticipate that in the next few days case numbers are likely to increase even beyond what we have seen today.”
Sydney has now reported 110 new cases after an international flight crew driver tested positive for the Delta variant in mid-June.
Reporting only 30,000 Covid-19 cases and 910 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, Australia is one the most successful countries in regards to controlling the spread of the virus.
However, Australia’s vaccine programme has lagged with only 7.2 million vaccines being administered out of a population of approximately 25 million. This means that only 28% of people aged 16 and over have received their first vaccine dose, according to Australia’s deputy chief medical officer Michael Kidd.