Surge in Delta Variant Cases Forces Some Part of Australia into lockdown
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Sydney and some surrounding areas including Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong were forced into yet another lockdown on Saturday as the more deadlier Covid-19 Delta variant rears its ugly head in various communities. Mandatory stay-at-home orders will be enforced until 9 July for all of Greater Sydney and other identified areas.

30 new cases of the highly infectious Delta variant reported in New South Wales bring the tally to 101 as of June 27, 2021, placing the rest of the country on red alert with announcement of new lockdowns and border control measures.

The Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland have joined New South Wales to bring back restrictions as authorities fight to control the spread of the disease.     

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that NSW is in its unnerving period since the beginning of the pandemic, signalling the possibility of increased infections in the coming days.

(File photo: NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian middle, addressing a press conference on June 16, 2021)

Echoing previous control measures, the new-imposed measures allow people to leave home for essential work, medical care, education, and groceries. The rest of NSW will have restrictions on public gatherings and masks will be mandatory indoors.

The new numbers have triggered criticisms of the federal government’s slow vaccine roll out. The BBC reports that, up until now, only more than 3% of the adult population have been fully inoculated and about 25% of Australians have gotten their first dose, with critics arguing that authorities did not have to enforce lockdowns again if a greater number of Australians are immunized.

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Analysis

While mass vaccinations have reduced infection rates to a lower level in many wealthy countries including the EU, US, Canada and elsewhere the highly contagious strain means the pandemic – while decelerating globally is far from over.

Despite WHO recording lowest case margins over the weekend since February, the Delta variant is currently elbowing its way in 92 countries is speeding a new wave in countries including Israel and Australia that were considered to have managed the spread of the virus better. It is important to proceed reopening the world economy with caution and speed up vaccine roll out plans including ensuring developing countries have access to vaccines to further halt the spread of Covid-19.

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