Australia’s second largest city, Brisbane, is in lockdown: The authorities have imposed a strict curfew, which has been in place for three days since Saturday afternoon. Three million residents in the city and some other areas are affected.
A total of seven (!) Infections with the delta variant of the corona virus had previously been recorded.
A teacher, a student and their family have been linked to the outbreak. The authorities say they are still trying to find the source of the infection. “The only way to defeat the Delta variant is to act quickly,” said the Deputy Prime Minister of the Australian state of Queensland, Steven Miles, explaining the drastic measures.
It hit the people in Sydney even worse. The city of five million has been in lockdown for five weeks, which is valid until at least August 28th. However, the restrictions have so far not slowed the spread of the corona virus there.
On Saturday evening, 239 new infections were registered within 24 hours. This is the highest number since the Delta variant was first detected in Sydney in June.
Under the lockdown rules, Sydney residents are only allowed to leave their homes to go to work or to see a doctor, shop for groceries and other essentials, and exercise. However, many residents do not adhere to the regulations.
The police now want to crack down on rule breakers and impose fines more often. 300 soldiers are to help monitor the lockdown in the metropolis, as the police chief of the state of New South Wales, Mick Fuller, announced on Thursday.
Australia had long been able to contain the corona pandemic to a large extent by closing its borders, quickly imposing lockdowns in the event of outbreaks and intensive contact tracing. However, only around 18 percent of the population are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and the number of infections has been increasing for a month due to the highly contagious Delta variant.