Sydney, Australia, on Saturday night time started a two-week lockdown amid a surge in instances of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian mentioned it was “the scariest time that I felt since the pandemic started,” as she introduced the lockdown and related stay-at-home orders for Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.
The new restrictions comply with smaller lockdowns in components of town that started Friday in an effort to stem an outbreak of the extremely contagious variant.
“Everyone in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason,” Berejiklian mentioned in an announcement outlining the restrictions.
Under the order, which will probably be in place via not less than July 9, residents are solely permitted to go away their houses for important work, schooling, to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, to hunt medical care, outside train and to buy meals or different important objects. Those who want to train outdoor might solely achieve this in teams of 10 or fewer.
Notice of the lockdown prompted some residents to swarm native markets.
At least 29 new COVID-19 instances had been reported within the 24 hours previous to the lockdown taking impact, in response to the state’s ministry of health. That contains 17 new infections that had been introduced Friday morning.
As an outbreak of essentially the most contagious COVID-19 variant recognized but continues to unfold, “we have always indicated we will not hesitate to go further with restrictions to protect the people of NSW,” Berejiklian mentioned.