Australia : Stricter rules imposed in Sydney to restrict the spread of Delta Variant
Authorities in Australia’s largest city, Sydney imposed new stricter rules to curb the spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus. Lockdown measures in Sydney were due to end on Friday, but have been extended for another week through July 16.
The variant outbreak has mostly affected Sydney. On Friday, 44 new cases were reported in the south-eastern state of New South Wales, where Sydney is located. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday that he understands people are tired and frustrated. Morrison stressed that Australians have “just got to push through”, reported NHK World.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “things are going to get worse before they get better.” On Friday, she was forced to make some significant changes that authorities hope can stop the Delta virus from spreading out of control.
She introduced new rules including a cap on outdoor gatherings at two people, a 10km travel radius for residents of Greater Sydney, a ban on browsing in shops for non-essential items and a limit on funerals meaning only 10 people can attend. The news dominated headlines in Australia on Friday and international media followed suit.
“No state or nation or any country on the planet can live with the Delta variant when our vaccination rates are so low. So please, do not think that the NSW government thinks we can live with this when our rate of vaccination is only at 9%,” she said.