As many as 128 Delta variant cases have been reported so far, so leaders have called for an emergency meeting on Monday.
Australia COVID 19: In view of the high number of Delta variant cases in Australia, leaders are all set to conduct an emergency meeting on Monday. As many as 128 cases have been reported so far.
The high positivity rates have been reported from the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia.
It is a critical time for the country, even after conducting lockdowns and closing borders which kept case numbers low, said officials.
Times are even more crucial because for the first time in months that cases have emerged in multiple parts of the country at the same time.
As there is no end to the Covid infections, the government has initiated lockdowns cities of Sydney and Darwin. Restrictions have also been carried out across four states.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told a leading news channel that they’re entering a new phase of this pandemic, with the more contagious Delta strain.
The cause of concern in the increasing number of COVID cases in Sydney where some five million residents have been ordered to obey the stay-at-home order.
The New South Wales (NSW) state government on Sunday extended the lockdown to cover all of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong.
Since coronavirus cases are not going down, several businesses and venues have been ordered shut.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday reported 18 new cases. The number showed a downward trend as in the previous day 30 cases were reported.
In the past 24 hours, nearly, 59,000 people had been tested positive.
Preparation is the need of the hour to come back in the older situation so it is vital to be prepared for the numbers if numbers of go up because, with this strain, almost 100% of transmission within households is visible, she said.
Australia resumed its services after observing a dip in COVID 19 cases. However spread of Delta variant has made the existing situation even more vulnerable. The strain is now linked to three of four clusters affecting Australia.
The virus is infecting 100 per cent of household contacts when it has been brought into a home. It’s too early to tell if this lockdown will contain it, said experts in Sydney.
Low vaccination rates have also been reported which is adding more concern to the Australian government.
Describing the Delta variant, first detected in India as a very “very formidable foe”, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said that despite regulating various norms and restrictions and defensive steps, the virus appears to understand how to counter-attack.