The Australian state of New South Wales on Saturday reported 29 locally acquired COVID-19 cases, and authorities indicated that more restrictions could be imposed on partially closed Sydney as exhibition sites increased.
Saturday’s data includes 17 infections in the country’s most populous state that were already announced on Friday, which meant the number of infections related to the Bondi outbreak was 80.
Australia has been more successful in managing the pandemic than many other advanced economies through rapid border closures, rules of social distancing and high community compliance with them. more than 30,400 cases and 910 deaths from COVID-19.
But the country has struggled significantly with the introduction of vaccination and small outbreaks continue.
On Friday, the government granted provisional approval for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, potentially expanding its supply options.
New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said she would hold an emergency government meeting with health authorities on Saturday.
“The situation is getting worse beyond what we would have liked to have seen this morning, and the reason is that the new exhibition venues are outside these areas of concern that we had highlighted,” Berejiklian said in a news release.
“He worries that some of these cases have been exposed for a few days without the person knowing he had the virus, and where is our concern. And that’s what we’ll see in the next few hours.”
New South Wales is struggling to contain an outbreak of the highly infectious variant of Delta. On Saturday, more than a million people in central Sydney and the city’s eastern neighborhoods were locked up for a week.
The blockade, which the conservative state government was reluctant to impose, has created confusion.
For example, King Street, a trendy destination in the suburbs of Newtown, Sydney, full of pubs and restaurants, was divided into two parts: closed, open.