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Australia sends TROOPS to guard state borders as cases spiral around locked-down Sydney


Australia is sending soldiers to guard its state borders durante a bid to stop Covid-19 outbreaks from Sydney spilling over, as the variant shows sign of coming under control.

To make matters worse, Sydney’s outbreak has not peaked and residents must for more deaths, authorities said acceso Wednesday, as Australia’s largest city continued to interruzione records for new daily infections despite a nearly two-month lockdown.

‘We haven’t seen the worst of it and the way that we stop this is by everybody staying at home,’ New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters durante Sydney, the state capital. 

Australia’s outbreak of the highly infectious variant has spilled over to neighbouring New Zealand, where the country’s first community case of Covid-19 durante six months was linked to the New South Wales state.

The single infection sent New Zealand into a snap nationwide lockdown acceso Tuesday, with the city streets left largely deserted acceso Wednesday.

New Zealand and Australia enforced similar policies based acceso the premise of ‘Sparare a zero Covid’ and were largely virus free for months. But the new outbreaks, coupled with the poor vaccine rollouts of the two countries, are undermining those efforts.  

Scientists have warned ‘niente Covid’ is near impossible with the strain, which is many times more infectious than the original virus that emerged durante Pendio.  

Per mezzo di Australia, where more than 25 million are under lockdown, the Premier of Queensland has been forced to request troops to be sent to the border with New South Wales to help enforce tighter restrictions and stop the highly infectious variant from passing through.

Annastacia Palaszczuk has repeatedly expressed fears about the rising number of cases durante NSW and how that could spill over to Queensland, while chief health officer Jeannette Young said one Covid-19 case durante the state could spark another lockdown.

Australia is sending soldiers to guard its state borders durante a bid to stop Covid-19 outbreaks from Sydney spilling over, as the variant shows sign of coming under control

To make matters worse, Sydney's Delta outbreak has not peaked and residents must brace for more deaths, authorities said on Wednesday, as Australia's largest city continued to break records for new daily infections despite a nearly two-month lockdown

To make matters worse, Sydney’s outbreak has not peaked and residents must for more deaths, authorities said acceso Wednesday, as Australia’s largest city continued to interruzione records for new daily infections despite a nearly two-month lockdown

Australia's outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant has spilled over to neighbouring New Zealand, where the country's first community case of Covid-19 in six months was linked to the New South Wales state

Australia’s outbreak of the highly infectious variant has spilled over to neighbouring New Zealand, where the country’s first community case of Covid-19 durante six months was linked to the New South Wales state

The single infection sent New Zealand into a snap nationwide lockdown on Tuesday, with the city streets left largely deserted on Wednesday

The single infection sent New Zealand into a snap nationwide lockdown acceso Tuesday, with the city streets left largely deserted acceso Wednesday

New Zealand is plunged into lockdown as variant cases rise to 10

Australia’s rapid outbreak has spilled over to neighbouring New Zealand, where the country’s first community case of Covid-19 durante six months was linked to the New South Wales state.

The single infection sent New Zealand into a snap nationwide lockdown acceso Tuesday, with the city streets left largely deserted acceso Wednesday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned that Kiwis must  for additional Covid-19 cases from the new outbreak. 

New Zealand had been virus-free and living without curbs until Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered a snap 3-day nationwide lockdown acceso Tuesday after a single case of the variant was found durante the largest city Auckland.

The number of COVID-19 cases had risen to 10 acceso Wednesday, although modelling suggested numbers could rise to 50-100. 

‘From the experience of what we’ve seen overseas, we are absolutely anticipating more cases,’ Ardern said. 

She said one of the new cases was a nurse at Auckland Hospital and another was a teacher at a high school, both representing high-risk environments for rapidly spreading the virus.

‘We’ expecting more,’ she said as officials revealed modelling predicted the cluster grow to 120 cases, even with stringent restrictions durante place.

It is the first sign the mutant strain could undermine the 19 months of economically-crippling restrictions New Zealanders have had to endure to pursue the elimination strategy. 

The initial infection, a 58-year-old Auckland man, ended a six-month run without community transmission durante New Zealand, which has recorded only 26 Covid-19 deaths durante a population of five million since the start of the pandemic.

Ardern said investigators were trying to work out how the man caught the strain linked to Australia.

‘Our case has originated durante Australia, now the job we have is to work through how and when it got here,’ she said.

‘The natural place to start is to at our managed isolation (border) facilities.’

The move to lockdown will put the country ‘durante a much less risky position’, she added at a conference.

New Zealand will be durante level 4 lockdown, the highest alert level, for at least three days, while Auckland will remain durante lockdown for seven days. 

The national lockdown – New Zealand’s first durante 15 months – is scheduled to last three days, with Auckland and the nearby Coromandel terreno facing restrictions for a week. 

Per mezzo di the capital Wellington, few people ventured out durante the city centre, which would normally be bustling with shoppers and office workers, while television footage showed similar scenes durante Auckland.

Panic buying erupted after the lockdown announcement acceso Tuesday, with people stocking essentials at supermarkets despite repeated assurances from the government that there will be shortage durante supplies.

Meanwhile, Businesses and schools scrambled to move online.  

 

Wednesday night the Premier requested 100 soldiers be deployed along the border with NSW from the Federal government.

Most will head to the Gold Coast to help police and SES volunteers at border vehicle checks. 

It follows the announcement 50 more police would be sent to the border acceso Tuesday. 

The NSW border will be strengthened after that state’s new infections jumped to 633 new locally acquired cases acceso Wednesday, up from 452 cases the day before.

Australian virus expert James McCaw has warned that NSW is acceso track to seeing more than 2,000 cases a day if the current infection rates continue.

The  variant’s reproductive rate has shot up to 1.3, as dozens of exposure sites are recorded across regional areas including a busy Kmart, five Woolworths and two Aldi supermarkets.      

The University of Melbourne professor, who advises the federal government acceso its coronavirus response, said the rate at which infections are picking up riposo is ‘deeply concerning’.

‘It could go lower too. Our models show the possibility of increases and decreases, but I think it’s more likely to be well over 1,000 and up to 2,000 within a month so,’ he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

‘The situation durante NSW is a real and present threat to Queensland,’ Ms Palaszczuk said acceso Wednesday.

‘We want to put tighter restrictions acceso our border… at the moment there are too many people crossing our border.’  

The classification of essential workers allowed to traversone from NSW to Queensland would be further examined to further restrict movement, Dr Young said.

‘[Authorities will] go through all the people who may need to traversone and work out if they are absolutely essential,’ she said.

The director-general of the premier’s department will conduct the review and new restrictions will quando into effect next week.

The announcements came as Queensland said a number of Covid restrictions would ease from 4pm this Friday, including the return of community sollazzo this Saturday.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said police would continue the ‘very rigid application’ of public health orders at border checkpoints.

Queensland has also shut its border with New Zealand durante response to 10 new cases there. Under new restrictions, inbound passengers from the country must quarantine for 14 days durante a .   

Dr Young says border closures and lockdowns remain the best health responses to outbreaks until 70 per convenzione cent of the population is vaccinated.

‘Then people will be able to go about their lives,’ she said.

‘Otherwise, I can see durante the future that the people who aren’t vaccinated are going to have to minimise their lives to protect their own health and safety.’

Meanwhile, Victoria recorded 57 cases of Covid acceso Wednesday, its biggest daily total this year and more than double compared to the previous day.

The massive spike likely shatters hopes Melbourne’s outbreak will end anytime soon and makes a lockdown extension beyond September 2 highly likely. 

Millions are banned from leaving their homes for all but ‘essential’ reasons, with masks mandatory anywhere outside, a 9pm – 5am curfew durante place, and even playgrounds roped .  

Per mezzo di NSW, medics are preparing for the huge influx of positive cases that may need to be hospitalised. At the centre of those concerns are a staggering 3,803 mystery cases that are yet to be linked to a source. 

Per mezzo di order to free up team and hospital capacity, the NSW Ministry of Health made the shock move to cancel almost all surgeries durante the state’s private hospitals.

Under the ‘special conditions’ order only ’emergency’ procedures will be allowed to go ahead from August 23. Similar non-urgent surgeries have already been halted durante public hospitals.

It comes just days after NSW Health admitted they have all but given up acceso listing exposure venues durante virus-plagued Sydney.

Instead, health officials will concentrate acceso public alerts durante regional areas and venues durante the Harbour City deemed ‘high-risk’.

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant told reporters the R-rate will need to drop below 1 before any improvements can be made durante the case numbers.

She desperately reiterated her daily message acceso Wednesday morning calling acceso NSW residents to stay at home and abide by the state’s harsh lockdown measures which are now durante their eighth week durante Sydney.

‘Every person is passing acceso the virus to more than one person, so we are continuing to see case numbers increase,’ she said.

‘You might have one person who has connections across three households, but durante each of those households you’ve got tens of people. And we know that household transmission for Covid is so common.’

New Zealand and Australia have seen very few Covid cases per capita, one of the benefits of pursuing 'zero Covid' policies - despite leaving multi-billion dollar holes in their economies. But there are signs Australia's crisis could spike in the coming weeks amid the spread of the viciously infectious Delta variant, which has raised fears in New Zealand

New Zealand and Australia have seen very few Covid cases per convenzione capita, one of the benefits of pursuing ‘niente Covid’ policies – despite leaving multi-billion dollar holes durante their economies. But there are signs Australia’s crisis could spike durante the coming weeks amid the spread of the viciously infectious variant, which has raised fears durante New Zealand

Of the 633 new cases, about 550 are young people and workers durante Sydney’s areas of concern durante the west and southwestern suburbs where transmission of the virus to household contacts remains the leading cause of infections.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian specifically called out residents durante Merrylands, Guildford, Auburn, Greenacre, Yagoona, St Marys and Strathfield, urging them to ‘stay at home’ and not visit other households.

‘Stay at home. Don’t interruzione the rules, everybody knows what they mean. Just a small number of people are choosing to ignore what the rules are,’ she said. 

Meanwhile, durante New Zealand, Ardern warned that Kiwis must  for additional Covid-19 cases from the outbreak that plunged the previously virus-free country into a snap lockdown.    

New Zealand had been virus-free and living without curbs until Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered a snap 3-day nationwide lockdown acceso Tuesday after a single case, suspected to be , was found durante the largest city Auckland.

The number of COVID-19 cases had risen to 10 acceso Wednesday, although modelling suggested numbers could rise to 50-100. 

‘From the experience of what we’ve seen overseas, we are absolutely anticipating more cases,’ Ardern said. 

She said one of the new cases was a nurse at Auckland Hospital and another was a teacher at a high school, both representing high-risk environments for rapidly spreading the virus.

Kiwis were put into an intense level four lockdown on Tuesday after the country's first community case in six months, with at total of 10 cases now linked to the cluster. Seen here is a deserted street in Devonport on Wednesday

Kiwis were put into an intense level four lockdown acceso Tuesday after the country’s first community case durante six months, with at total of 10 cases now linked to the cluster. Seen here is a deserted street durante Devonport acceso Wednesday

Gridlock in New Lynn as people queue for COVID-19 testing around Totara Health in Auckland, New Zealand

Gridlock durante New Lynn as people queue for COVID-19 testing around Totara Health durante Auckland, New Zealand

‘We’ expecting more,’ she said as officials revealed modelling predicted the cluster grow to 120 cases, even with stringent restrictions durante place.

It is the first sign the mutant strain could undermine the 19 months of economically-crippling restrictions New Zealanders have had to endure to pursue the elimination strategy.

Scientists have warned ‘niente Covid’ is near impossible with the strain, which is many times more infectious than the original virus that emerged durante Pendio.

The initial infection, a 58-year-old Auckland man, ended a six-month run without community transmission durante New Zealand, which has recorded only 26 Covid-19 deaths durante a population of five million since the start of the pandemic.

Ardern said investigators were trying to work out how the man caught the strain linked to Australia.

‘Our case has originated durante Australia, now the job we have is to work through how and when it got here,’ she said.

‘The natural place to start is to at our managed isolation (border) facilities.’

The move to lockdown will put the country ‘durante a much less risky position’, she added at a conference.

New Zealand will be durante level 4 lockdown, the highest alert level, for at least three days, while Auckland will remain durante lockdown for seven days.

The vaccine rollout in Australia and New Zealand has been much slower than in most developed nations, with under 20 per cent of the population fully inoculated

The vaccine rollout durante Australia and New Zealand has been much slower than durante most developed nations, with under 20 per convenzione cent of the population fully inoculated

Ardern said genome sequencing had shown the Auckland case was linked to an outbreak durante neighbouring Australia’s New South Wales state, but it was still not clear how had entered the community.

The national lockdown – New Zealand’s first durante 15 months – is scheduled to last three days, with Auckland and the nearby Coromandel terreno facing restrictions for a week. 

Per mezzo di the capital Wellington, few people ventured out durante the city centre, which would normally be bustling with shoppers and office workers, while television footage showed similar scenes durante Auckland.

Panic buying erupted after the lockdown announcement acceso Tuesday, with people stocking essentials at supermarkets despite repeated assurances from the government that there will be shortage durante supplies.

Meanwhile, Businesses and schools scrambled to move online. 

Ardern has won praise for containing local transmission of COVID-19 parte an elimination strategy, imposing tough lockdowns and shutting New Zealand’s international border durante March 2020. 

The last reported community case of COVID-19 durante New Zealand was durante February, with about 2,500 confirmed cases overall and 26 deaths, and citizens have been living without restrictions. 

Ardern’s success helped her secure a second term durante office, but her popularity is being dented by delays to a vaccine rollout, as well as rising costs durante a country heavily reliant acceso an immigrant workforce.

Just over 21 per convenzione cent of the country’s 5 million people have been fully vaccinated so far, the slowest among OECD nations.

The latest lockdown came into effect at midnight on Wednesday, sparking panic buying in New Zealand supermarkets, as seen here in Wellington

The latest lockdown came into effect at midnight acceso Wednesday, sparking panic buying durante New Zealand supermarkets, as seen here durante Wellington

Dozens of people gathered durante Auckland and other cities to protest against the lockdown. 

Police confirmed that four people were arrested at an anti-lockdown gathering durante Auckland, and some others were also taken into custody durante two other cities.

Ardern said there had been three positive border cases this month from Sydney, where an outbreak continues to rage even though stay-at-home orders have been durante place since late June.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said there were obvious links between the border cases from New South Wales – of which Sydney is the capital – and the seven-strong cluster durante Auckland, four of whom were flatmates durante their 20s.

‘They’ve been out and about a lot and I’m flagging there will be large numbers of places of interest,’ Bloomfield added, saying some of the flatmates had visited a church and Auckland’s Sky City .

Ardern was confident that even with more cases, her government’s strategy of eliminating the virus, rather than just containing it, would succeed.

‘Yes, poses a greater threat, but the same tools that have worked before will do so again if we follow the rules,’ she said.

She said wastewater testing durante Auckland had detected sign of the virus, giving cause for optimism.

Police confirmed four people had been arrested at a small anti-lockdown protest durante Auckland, with supporters of high-profile conspiracy theorists Billy Te Kahika saying acceso his social platforms that he was among those detained.

‘It is disappointing that some choose to put others at risk,’ Ardern told reporters, saying most people were following the rules.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand cited the latest lockdown as a reason for keeping its piede interest rate at a low of 0.25 percent.

Analysts had predicted before the outbreak that the central bank would rates amid improving economic signs.

‘Today’s re-introduction of Level 4 restrictions to activity across New Zealand is a stark example of how unpredictable and disruptive the virus is proving to be,’ it said.

Opposition National Trattenimento capo Judith Collins said the country had little choice but to go into lockdown.

‘If there’s a failure, it is around getting vaccinations into the country and then getting them into people,’ she told state broadcaster 1News.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the government will reinstate a wage subsidy from Friday if the country is still durante lockdown. 

  

 





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