The Australian state of Victoria is to enter a five-day lockdown as a result of an increase in Delta variant cases.
State Premier Daniel Andrews stated, “You only get one chance to go hard and go fast. If you wait, if you hesitate, if you doubt, then you will always be looking back wishing you had done more earlier,”.
There has been a total of 18 new infections recorded in the state since a recent outbreak of the Delta variant.
A number of virus-exposed locations have been listed in Melbourne including, two public transport routes, a sporting club and a shopping centre.
After ten new cases were recorded yesterday, the mandatory wearing of facial coverings while indoors was reintroduced.
Two additional cases were reported today, both were spectators at an Australian Football League game that was held in Melbourne’s MCG last weekend.
Meanwhile in Sydney, which has entered an extended lockdown, there has been a decrease in new Covid-19 cases.
However, New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated that the numbers will need to decrease significantly in order for the city to exit lockdown.
Berejiklian stated, “Whilst the case numbers are bouncing around, we are seeing a stabilisation. They are not growing exponentially,”.
He also warned that the number of infections could rise due to the growing number of people with the Delta strain moving around in the community.
According to New South Wales officials, of the 900 people who have been infected in the recent outbreak, 73 have been hospitalised while 19 are receiving treatment in ICU.