A two-week lockdown has been imposed in Sydney to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant.
The new restrictions affect more than five million people in and around the Australian city. At least 80 cases have been reported so far. Most have been linked to a limousine driver who was infected while taking an international flight crew to a quarantine hotel. The country remains largely unvaccinated.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said:
“A few days ago I said this was the scariest time that I felt since the pandemic started and that’s proven to be the case. We should brace ourselves for more cases. We’re finding that all household contacts, unfortunately, are getting the virus. Transmissibility is at least double what previous variants have been, so we do need to brace ourselves for potentially larger number of cases in the following days, and that is why it’s so important we take action now.”
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