Australian authorities ordered more companies to close on Saturday along with a series of new restrictions on the country’s largest city, as a week-long shutdown failed to undo a COVID-19 outbreak.
Any business that is considered “critical” would be forced to close in and around Sydney, while those in the affected suburbs would be subject to stricter orders to stay home from midnight on Saturday, he said. informed the Prime Minister of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, in Sydney. .
“It’s not good enough to step on water which is what we’re doing now; to some extent we’ve stabilized it, but we can’t undo that curve,” Berejiklian said.
Authorities halted people’s movements virus points of interest in cityto the southwest, prohibiting the departure of locals from the premises unless they worked there emergency services or health care.
The tightening of restrictions, including a pause in all construction work in the city, comes as more than six million residents completed their third week under home stay orders.
A new death from the virus was also reported in New South Wales as daily cases rose to over 100, while the number of active cases in the community remained “stubborn,” Berejiklian said.
“I don’t remember a time when our state was challenged to such an extent,” he said.
In Melbourne, as residents endured the second day of its fifth shutdown since the pandemic began, authorities tightened already strict controls on travel from Sydney after the virus spread from the city.
“We went hard and we went early to make sure that confinement it’s as short as possible, ”Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley told the Melbourne media.
A painfully slow vaccine launch and the rapidly expanding Delta variant threatens Australia’s hitherto successful “COVID zero” strategy, achieved mainly by closing its borders to the world since March last year.
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