Sydney’s Delta Variant Outbreak Continues To Worsen Amid Prolonged Lockdown

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Sydney’s Delta Variant Outbreak Continues To Worsen Amid Prolonged Lockdown

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Australia’s largest city Sydney reported a record rise in new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday with local authorities warning the worst was yet to come as a delta variant fueled outbreak continues to hammer the region despite a prolonged near-two month-long lockdown.

Key Facts

The state of New South Wales (NSW) reported 633 new cases on Wednesday—including 545 cases in its capital Sydney—eclipsing the state’s previous daily record of 478 cases on Monday.

At least 62 of the 633 cases were not isolated during their infectious period—with the status of more than 400 cases still under investigation—implying that the outbreak is likely to continue to grow.  

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned that the state “hasn’t seen the worst of it” and noted that the only way to stop this outbreak was by everybody staying at home.

The state’s chief health officer Kerry Chant warned that data showed that every new case in New South Wales was transmitting the virus to at least one other person.

Starting next week, people aged 16 to 39 living in Sydney’s demarcated areas of concern can book Pfizer vaccine appointments with inoculations beginning next Thursday.

Crucial Quote

“You cannot get the virus if you do not have contact with other people. You have to assume, no matter where you are in the state, that every time you set foot out of your door, that you have the virus or anybody you’re in contact with has the virus,” Berejiklian said in her daily press briefing.

Big Number

22.37%. That’s the total percentage of New South Wales residents who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 according to data aggregated by the Sydney Morning Herald. Chant warned that the vaccination rate in the state was too low to slow the current outbreak. Australia’s sluggish vaccine rollout has been blamed as a key factor behind the intensity of the current outbreak.

Further Reading

NSW reports a record 633 new local COVID-19 cases, three deaths (Sydney Morning Herald)

Sydney warned worse to come as Delta cases surge (Reuters)

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