Australia’s two largest states on Wednesday saw a sharp rise in new CVD-19 cases, with the lockdown order expected to be lifted in order to accommodate more than half of the country’s population.
The state of New South Wales, home to the country’s most populous city, Sydney, has filed 110 new cases, with a lockdown in the city and surrounding areas about four weeks ago.
There have been 22 new cases in the state of Victoria, from nine the day before, the largest increase since the epidemic began this month, even as it nears the second week of a nationwide lockdown.
“If we hadn’t locked up a few weeks ago, the number 110 would have been in the thousands today,” NSW Premier Gladys Berezclian told a television news conference.
“But we need to work harder and of course we all need to be vigilant,” he added.
Health leaders say their biggest concern is the number of active people in the community before they are diagnosed with the coronavirus and that this number should be close to zero before the lockdown is lifted.
Berezklian said the number jumped on Wednesday, doubled the day before, and he could not say until next week whether the city would come out of the lockdown on the July 30 target.
Victorian authorities, however, said that 16 of its 22 new cases were isolated during their transition period, while exposure sites for the remaining six were “reasonably low” due to lockdown restrictions.
Third-state South Australia also fell into the first full day of a week-long lockdown on Wednesday and reported an additional case.
With nearly 13 million Australians locked in a year-and-a-half pandemic, they have stepped up pressure on the federal government, which has received the fewest votes in a year due to its short vaccination program. Only 11% of the population is fully vaccinated.
So far, the government’s main arsenal vaccine, developed by Astragenica PLC, has only been recommended by the country’s drug regulators for people over the age of 0 due to a long-term risk of blood clotting, while a vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. has been given to over 40 due to limited supplies. More limited.
At the press conference, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazard said, “We’ve done as much humanitarian work as possible, but we need more vaccines, we need more phases,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazard told a news conference.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was criticized last year for calling the vaccine rollout “not a race,” went to local radio to defend the program, but acknowledged that it was almost two months behind schedule.
Morrison told a radio station, “I understand there’s a lot of frustration … but this latest delta look has thrown a whole new curveball into the issue, with every country in the world wrestling,” Morrison told a radio station.
Nevertheless, Australia has done much better than many other developed economies in keeping the number of COVID-19 relatively low, with more than 32,100 cases and 915 deaths.
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