Two Australian condominium blocks have been positioned underneath strict lockdown with residents barred from leaving on Tuesday, as authorities stepped up efforts to curb a fast-growing coronavirus outbreak.
Police have been posted exterior an condominium block in Sydney’s Bondi neighbourhood, the place 9 individuals have examined optimistic for the virus, with motion out and in of the constructing restricted.
Sydney’s 5 million residents are at the moment of their third week of a partial lockdown as authorities attempt to stamp out the unfold of the virus locally.
Residents in Australia’s largest metropolis are allowed to go away dwelling for train, important buying, work or well being causes, however are inspired to stay at dwelling.
Harder restrictions are positioned on individuals who have visited places which might be declared a virus hotspot, which can embody necessary 14-day quarantine.
Australia’s newest Covid-19 outbreak started in mid-June and has since grown to 767 circumstances.
A whole condominium block in Melbourne was additionally positioned underneath isolation for 14 days, after elimination staff who visited from Sydney examined optimistic.
Authorities at the moment are asking Australians dwelling in different condominium buildings to put on a masks when in widespread areas.
“When you’re in apartment buildings, we’re not wanting you to congregate in any shared spaces,” mentioned New South Wales chief well being official Kerry Chant.
“We are really requiring under a public health order that you wear masks when you’re transiting through common areas.”
Residents in a single southwest Sydney neighbourhood, the place the virus is at the moment spreading most shortly, at the moment are required to get examined each three days in the event that they go away the world for work.
Underneath 10 % of Australians have been totally vaccinated, leaving the inhabitants extremely susceptible to the quick-spreading Delta variant.
Sydney’s lockdown had been scheduled to finish on Friday, however an extension is now trying possible, regardless of a drop in new infections to 89 previously 24 hours.
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