The Australian state of Victoria has extended its Covid-19 lockdown beyond Tuesday despite a slight decrease in new infections.
The extension has been implemented as the state continues to fight against the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant.
While promising that further details will be issued tomorrow, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews stated that lockdown restrictions will not be lifted as cases were still being detected in the community.
Andrews stated, “It would be perhaps a few days of sunshine and then there is a very high chance that we’d be back in lockdown again. That’s what I’m trying to avoid,”.
Victoria reported 13 locally acquired cases today which is down from 16 a day earlier.
The recent lockdowns have confined the country’s 25 million population to their homes.
The Delta variant has triggered the country’s worst outbreak this year, with its largest city ‘Sydney’ also being confined to tight lockdown restrictions.
In New South Wales, to which Sydney is the capital of, there has been 98 new locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 which is down from 105 the day before.
At least 20 of the new cases were infectious while in the community, to which New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated, “That 20 number is the number we are really keen to nudge… the closer we get that number to zero, the sooner we can end the lockdown,”.
Currently, there are 82 people receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19 with 24 in ICU, seven of which requiring ventilation.