Australia lifts some localized lockdowns

Sydney, Australia, Jul 2 (EFE).- Localized lockdowns in some Australian states were to be lifted Friday as authorities relaxed restrictions put in place to halt the spread of Covid-19 outbreaks.

Michael Gunner, head of the Northern Territory government, said that the measure imposed on the regional capital of Darwin and nearby towns, in addition to the remote city of Alice Springs, will end Friday at 1pm.

The afternoon will also see the end of lockdowns in parts of the state of Queensland, said its premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, specifying that the order on state capital Brisbane, and Moreton Bay, will be extended for another day.

Queensland health authorities announced Friday that they have detected three new cases of Covid-19.

In neighboring New South Wales, whose capital Sydney is under lockdown until July 9, 31 new infections were reported, while South Australia reported two.

The Sydney outbreak, linked to the Delta variant, is the one that worries authorities the most. It has accumulated more than 230 infections since it was detected in mid-June and still shows an uptick in the number of daily cases.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday that the government is finalizing a new plan to exit the pandemic, focused on suppressing community transmission of the virus through its vaccination campaign and halving the number of international arrivals.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Australia has accumulated more than 30,600 Covid-19 infections, including 910 deaths, and has vaccinated with at least one dose more than 7.8 million people of the 25 million population. EFE


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