SYDNEY, August 10, 2021 (AFP) – The Australian city of Sydney, whose residents have been in confinement for seven weeks, today recorded the largest number of Covid-19 infections since mid-June, despite efforts to curb the spread of the epidemic.
Sydney is the largest city in the country, with a population of over five million. The outbreak of infection that led to imprisonment has resulted in 32 deaths so far, and 5805 cases have been registered, according to official figures.
“Our strategy is to get close to zero (cases), but unfortunately we are seeing an increase in numbers,” state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
The port city of Byron Bay was the last city in the state to decide to restrict its residents.
In Melbourne, the second largest city in the country, Five million people trapped for the sixth time Since the beginning of the pandemic, after the outbreak of the infection was revealed last week.
Over the course of 18 months, Australia’s strategy to combat the virus, based on a large-scale campaign of diagnostic testing, containment and border closures, has paid off.
But the far more contagious delta variant appears to be pushing the country further away from its “zero Covid” goal, and angering Australians with back-to-back lockdowns.
Only 20% of the country’s citizens have so far received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine due to supply problems and a lack of trust on the part of the population regarding the medicines.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted that the country was in a “tough battle” against the Delta variant, and hoped that “everyone can gather around the table at Christmas”.
The country of 25 million people has so far recorded nearly 37,000 cases of coronavirus and 940 deaths.
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