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Full lockdown in Sydney due to the delta strain of coronavirus

For the first time since the beginning of 2020, the Australian authorities have imposed a strict two-week quarantine in Sydney and surrounding areas. The reason was the rise in the incidence of COVID-19 after people infected with the Indian delta strain were found in the country.

From the evening of June 26 until the end of July 9, a strict quarantine is in effect in the Australian state of New South Wales. Residents of Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, and the Central Coast are allowed to leave their homes only if they go for food, to work or study, which cannot be arranged remotely, as well as to get medical care or exercise outdoors.

In Sydney and the areas closest to it, catering only works for takeaway and delivery, supermarkets and grocery stores are not closed, but cinemas, theaters, concert halls, discos, and other entertainment venues have stopped working.

Masks must be worn in all areas of New South Wales. Wearing masks is also required in transport and during outdoor events (no more than 10 people can attend them).

Sports events have been canceled in the state, it is forbidden to celebrate weddings since June 28, and no more than 100 people can come to the funeral. Visitors must observe a social distance — one person per 4 square meters. meters.

New South Wales has been declared a “red zone”. In some states, visitors from there were obliged to observe a two-week quarantine, in others, for example, in Western and South Australia, the borders with New South Wales were completely closed.

The restrictions were introduced after a new outbreak of coronavirus began in New South Wales, caused by an Indian (delta) strain, which is more contagious than the Wuhan variant, according to the World Health Organization.

In mid-June, the Indian strain was found in the driver of a car that was transporting the crews of international flights from one airport to another.

By June 25, the daily increase in the number of cases with a new strain in New South Wales increased to 22 people. Three days later, 128 infected with the Indian variant were registered in a day.

New South Wales is one of the most densely populated regions of Australia, and, according to the Prime Minister of this state, Gladys Berejiklian, “now is the worst time since the beginning of the pandemic.” Due to the rapid spread of the new strain, other Australian states have also introduced restrictions. Since June 29, a three-day lockdown, for example, has been in effect in Queensland.

In total, 30.5 thousand COVID-19 cases were detected in Australia over a year and a half of the pandemic, less than 1000 people died, and the first hard lockdown was introduced in the country on March 23, 2020. Then Australians were banned from visiting bars, gyms, entertainment events, cafes and restaurants worked only for takeaway and delivery, and mass events were canceled.

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