Australia confines Brisbane following 7 Delta Covid-19 cases

Sydney, Australia, Jul 31 (EFE).- Australia announced Saturday the immediate confinement of Brisbane, its third most populous city in the country, and other parts of Queensland for the next three days to stop a Covid-19 outbreak, with seven infections of the delta variant detected so far.

Deputy Queensland Premier Steven Miles said in statements collected by ABC television that the confinement began during Saturday afternoon and will last at least three days because “the only way to beat the delta variant is to move fast, be fast and be strong.”

The seven cases detected so far are linked to the infection of a minor, his family and his guardian, but authorities are trying to find the original source of the infections.

With the new measures, the strictest taken by the city since the beginning of the pandemic, citizens will only be able to go out for essential activities such as shopping and physical exercise.

The decision to blockade Brisbane comes as authorities try to curb the outbreak that affects Sydney and its surroundings, subjected to a lockdown from Jun. 26 to Aug. 27.

The capital of New South Wales is cordoned off and heavily deployed by 1,000 police officers to prevent an unauthorized demonstration against the restrictions imposed.

Authorities of the state of New South Wales announced Saturday the detection of 210 new positive cases, bringing the number of infections in the current outbreak to 3,190, most of them in Sydney.

Australia, with 34,000 infections and 924 deaths since the start of the pandemic, is trying to accelerate its vaccination program, which has administered the full dosage to 17 percent of the population over 16 and plans to end by Christmas, two months later than expected. EFE


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