Australia introduces lockdowns in Sydney and Darwin to curb spread of Delta variant 2 months ago

Australia introduces lockdowns in Sydney and Darwin to curb spread of Delta variant

110 cases have been reported since an international flight crew driver tested positive for the Delta variant in June.

Australia has introduced localised lockdowns in cities Sydney and Darwin to help curb the spread of the Delta Covid-19 variant.

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Residents in Sydney will see a two-week strict coronavirus lockdown in place from Sunday as stay-at-home orders for central neighbourhoods were extended across the city and the regions surrounding it.

The lockdown was initially only imposed on the business district of the city and eastern suburbs, however, has now been extended due to the rapid spread of cases in the region.

Sydney's restrictions require people to stay home for at least two weeks. During the lockdown people will only be permitted to leave home for essential reasons such as purchasing essential goods, medical care, exercise, going to school, or work - unless they are able to work from home.

Anyone outside of the lockdown zone who visited the city since last Monday was also instructed to self-isolate for 14 days.

Darwin also entered a separate 48-hour lockdown on Sunday after a handful of cases were linked to a coronavirus outbreak on a remote mine in the area.

The city is the latest who experience a "circuit-breaker" lockdown which have been occurring throughout the country over the last month.

110 cases have been reported since an international flight crew driver tested positive for the Delta variant in June.

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Most of the cases have been linked to returning travellers quarantining in hotel rooms.

People in Darwin and surrounding areas will be subject to stay-at-home orders for at least 48 hours. This is to give health officials time to trace contacts to help prevent the spread of the virus.

The localised lockdown in Darwin will be the first lockdown in the region since the country-wide shutdown in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.