COVID Delta variant forces half of Australia into lockdown as states battle outbreaks

0 1

More than half of Australia’s population is in lockdown as health authorities continue to battle coronavirus outbreaks of the infectious Delta strain.

Across the country, 90 new local cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Tuesday, with the Delta outbreak spreading into Queensland.

A lockdown announced in South Australia means more than 14.5 million people across the nation will be living under harsh stay-at-home orders.

South Australia

At 6pm Tuesday, South Australia entered a week-long lockdown after a cluster of Delta variant coronavirus cases in Adelaide grew to five.

For the next week, residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for five reasons including: for care and compassion, essential work, to shop for essential goods, for medical reasons, including getting a COVID vaccine and for exercise.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall. Credit: AAP

All non-essential shops, schools, universities, holiday accommodation, cafes, pubs, restaurants and construction sites are closed.

Elective surgeries have been put on hold, and weddings, funerals and real estate open inspections and auctions are also postponed.

“This is the Delta variant we are dealing with here in South Australia … we have to act decisively, we have to act quickly,” Premier Steven Marshall said.

The latest SA exposure sites are listed here.

Victoria

13 new local cases in Victoria were announced on Tuesday, triggering an extension of the state’s seven-day lockdown by another week.

The lockdown, which was set to end on Tuesday, will now stretch until at least July 27.

“As promising as our progress has been, we need more time,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

If you’d like to view this content, please adjust your .

To find out more about how we use cookies, please see our Cookie Guide.

Victoria is also banning all travel from NSW for two weeks under new rules which will only exempt authorised workers and people with compassionate reasons.

It has also declared South Australia a red zone, meaning anyone travelling into Victoria will need an exemption.

New South Wales

NSW has declared a snap lockdown in three regional NSW areas after a positive COVID case visited a number of locations in Orange.

Around 60,000 residents in the Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council areas will be impacted by the stay-at-home order.

It’s a significant development as the government aims to avoid an explosion of cases in regional areas.

The state recorded 78 new local cases on Tuesday spread across Sydney, with 29 spending part or all of their infectious period in the community.

If you’d like to view this content, please adjust your .

To find out more about how we use cookies, please see our Cookie Guide.

While the Greater Sydney lockdown is slated to end on July 30, there’s increasing concern an extension may be needed as the virus circulates in the nation’s biggest city.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, 1418 local COVID cases have been recorded in the state.

Queensland

The Delta outbreak is believed to have also spread into Queensland after a woman in her 20s travelled from Victoria to the Sunshine State.

While in Melbourne, the woman attended the Young and Jackson pub, which was later identified as a Tier 1 exposure site.

The woman returned home to Queensland on July 13, before she tested positive to COVID late on Monday.

A number of new Queensland exposure sites were revealed on Tuesday night.

Western Australia

In response to the growing outbreak in SA, Western Australia declared its neighbouring state a “low risk” jurisdiction.

Anyone arriving in the state from SA will now have to undergo 14 days of quarantine.

WA has already closed its border to NSW, Victoria and Queensland following outbreaks of the virus in those states.

A crew member from the cargo ship BBC California is seen whilst it docks in the port of Fremantle.
A crew member from the cargo ship BBC California is seen whilst it docks in the port of Fremantle. Credit: AAP

Meanwhile another two crew members aboard a cargo ship docked in Fremantle have tested positive to coronavirus.

The new cases mean 10 out of 14 crew members aboard the BBC California vessel have tested positive since the ship arrived.

They are all isolating in separate cabins.

Northern Territory, Tasmania and ACT

No new coronavirus cases were recorded in the NT, Tasmania or the ACT in the last 24 hours.

There are three active local cases in the Top End, with no active cases in Tasmania or the ACT.

Vaccine rollout

Australia’s vaccine rollout continues to lag behind much of the developed world with just 13.7 per cent of people aged over 16 receiving both jabs.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese attacked Prime Minister Scott Morrison for previously declaring the program was not a race.

“The fact that we’re losing that race compared with other developed countries is the reason why half of Australia is locked down today,” Albanese told reporters in Launceston.

There are renewed calls for welfare recipients to be made eligible for federal government coronavirus disaster payments of up to $600 a week.

The Australian Council of Social Service estimates 800,000 people who support 400,000 children have been excluded.

If you’d like to view this content, please adjust your .

To find out more about how we use cookies, please see our Cookie Guide.

ACOSS chief executive Cassandra Goldie is urging state and federal leaders to fill the gap ahead of a national cabinet meeting on Friday.

“People on social security are people on the lowest incomes, the most financially vulnerable and they’ve been completely left out of these disaster payment arrangements,” she told ABC radio.

“It just highlights the two tiers, the two classes that have been introduced with this mess of a system.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he was in constant conversation with Morrison about support measures.

Emergency Management Minister Bridget McKenzie signalled support could be adjusted if areas are put under prolonged lockdown.

“We’re going to make sure that we step up when it’s required. We’re always going to adjust our response to the changing nature of this virus,” she told the ABC.

– with AAP

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! Swift Telecast is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.