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Lockdown in Brisbane extended as army patrols Sydney to enforce COVID curbs

Lockdown in Brisbane extended as army patrols Sydney to enforce COVID curbs

8/2/2021 8:15:00 AM

Lockdown in Brisbane extended as army patrols Sydney to enforce COVID curbs

Australia's Queensland state on Monday extended a COVID -19 lockdown in Brisbane, while soldiers began patrolling Sydney to enforce stay-at-home rules as Australia struggles to stop the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus spreading.

"It's starting to become clear that the initial lockdown will be insufficient for the outbreak," Queensland state Deputy Premier Steven Miles told reporters in Brisbane.The rising new case numbers in two of the country's biggest cities comes as disquiet grows on how the government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison is handling the pandemic.

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read moreAlthough Australia's vaccination drive has lagged many other developed economies, it has so far fared much better in keeping its coronavirus numbers relatively low, with just under 34,400 cases. The death toll rose to 925 following the death of a man in his 90s in Sydney.

Australia is going through a cycle of stop-start lockdowns in several cities after the emergence of the fast-moving Delta strain, and such restrictions are likely to persist until the country reaches a much higher level of vaccination coverage.1/2A lone bird walks past the quiet Circular Quay train station during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, July 28, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

Read MorePrime Minister Morrison has promised lockdowns would be "less likely" once the country inoculates 70% of its population above 16 years of age - a percentage which now stands at 19%. Morrison expects to hit the 70% mark by the end of the year.

read moreMeanwhile the lockdown of Brisbane and several surrounding areas comes as Sydney, the biggest city in the country, begins its sixth week under stay-at-home orders.New South Wales state, home to Sydney, said on Monday it detected 207 COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours as daily new cases continue to linger near a 16-month high recorded late last week.

The state has recorded more than 3,500 infections since the outbreak begun in June, when a limousine driver contracted the virus while transporting an overseas airline crew, and has asked for military personnel to aid efforts to enforce the restrictions.

read moreSome 300 army personnel, who will be unarmed and under police command, on Monday began door-to-door visits to ensure people who have tested positive are isolating at their homes.Army personnel also accompanied police officers around the streets of the areas of Sydney were most COVID-19 cases have been recorded. Footage published online showed police asking the few people encountered on the street as to why they were out of their homes in the largely deserted streets in Sydney's south west.

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GladysB wants boots on the ground I take it. We want accountability on the table. Australia is a distopia horror show now....will strike that country off my list to visit Has Australia's government gone mad? Bit too early to use army. But things are different down under. That looks like the Air Force mate

I guess the humans need to learn living with COVID19, one simply can not stop it as long as the complete world doesn't go simultaneously 30 days in quarantaine. WakeUp

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