Syndey’s state premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that the city will be extending its lockdown by two weeks while it struggles to contain an outbreak of the Delta variant.
The city, which is already in its third week of lockdown, has reported 97 new cases in the last 24 hours.
Although Australia was known for its quick and early response to Covid-19 along with its Covid zero strategy, its vaccine rollout has been sluggish with just under 10% of its population being fully vaccinated.
The lockdown was due to end on the 16th of July but has now been pushed back until July 30th. Schools have been closed and people are urged to stay at home with the exception of exercise, essential shopping, work or health reasons.
Berejiklian, who understands that people are stressed about the current situation, rejected calls to further tighten the restrictions.
”None of us want to be in this situation. But it is our job to keep the community safe.”
“I appreciate there are a lot of opinions out there, but please know every decision we take is based on that expert health advice,”.
Although he has rejected calls to further tighten restrictions, Berejiklian has not ruled out tighter restrictions if cases continue to rise.
This latest Covid-19 outbreak, which began in mid-June, has resulted in 864 cases with 20 people in ICU along with two deaths.