D.he Australian state of New South Wales with the metropolis of Sydney has for the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic recorded more than 1000 new infections within one day. Authorities reported 1,029 new cases in 24 hours on Thursday. Despite a strict lockdown that has been in place for eight weeks, the region on the east coast has not yet got a grip on the latest virus wave.
At the same time, the state’s head of government, Gladys Berejiklian, announced slight easing of the rules for fully vaccinated people. From September 13, groups of up to five people will be allowed to meet outside, but only within a radius of five kilometers from their place of residence.
Berejiklian announced further easing as soon as 70 percent of the state’s eight million residents are vaccinated. Currently, just under 33 percent of New South Wales citizens have full vaccination coverage.
Australia with its 25 million inhabitants has isolated itself from the outside world since the beginning of the pandemic. Thanks to the island location and extremely strict rules, the authorities had the virus under control for a long time. However, they have been fighting the heaviest wave to date for weeks – especially in the greater Sydney area. Experts blame the sluggish vaccination campaign and the delta variant for the increasing numbers.