Australia continues to blockade many major cities for fear of Delta 'monsters'

TTO - Perth and Brisbane are the next two major cities in Australia to enter the blockade next to Sydney and Darwin, as the Delta variant (first detected in India) is spreading in Australia.

A passenger wearing a mask rides on an almost empty train at morning commute time in Sydney, Australia on June 28 - Photo: REUTERS
A passenger wearing a mask rides on an almost empty train at morning commute time in Sydney, Australia on June 28 - Photo: REUTERS

Perth will be officially locked down for 4 days, starting from June 29. In addition, according to Reuters news agency, the Queensland capital, Brisbane, will also enter a 3-day blockade from the evening of June 29 to try to control the COVID-19 epidemic.

According to AFP news agency, although Perth has only detected 3 cases since zoning the outbreak in the city, local health officials still decided to blockade the whole city, showing that the government is very cautious approach to the disease. with any COVID-19 outbreak.

"We know the risk posed by COVID-19 and we know that many countries around the world are seeing the Delta variant as a new monster, so we can't afford to let it go." - Premier Western Australia state Mark McGowan said at a late evening press conference June 28.

As a result, more than 2 million people living in the city of Perth and surrounding areas have complied with the blockade order starting from midnight June 28 to June 29 and lasting at least 4 days. The people of Sydney and Darwin are also in lockdown.

Prior to the current outbreak, Australia had been successful in controlling COVID-19 outbreaks across the country. However, the country of kangaroos is currently struggling against the epidemic in at least 4 major cities due to the appearance of the Delta variant.

"I think we are entering a new phase of this pandemic, with a more contagious Delta variant," Australian Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg said on ABC Radio on June 28.

"We are facing the most serious crisis since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic," said Bill Bowtell, health policy adviser to the Australian Government.

Faced with the above situation, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers and staff at hotels that are being isolated places.

The Morrison government is being criticized for its slow vaccination campaign, the failure to disclose the number of fully vaccinated Australians, and the flawed hotel isolation system.

In addition, Australia has approved AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for people under 60 years of age. Previously, Australia only allowed this vaccine to people over 60 years old due to concerns about blood clots.

Australia, with a population of more than 25 million, has received just under 7.4 million doses of the vaccine, and less than 5% of the population is fully vaccinated. So far, Australia has recorded more than 30,000 cases of COVID-19, including 910 deaths.

The current largest outbreak is in the city of Sydney. Sydney has detected 130 cases since a driver serving an international flight crew was confirmed positive in mid-June.

Meanwhile, the cases appearing in the city of Darwin are related to an outbreak at a local gold mine.

In all four cities under lockdown in Australia, people are asked to stay at home unless they have essential work, exercise, shopping or have health problems.

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