Australia’s military patrols Sydney, lockdowns spread across Brisbane and the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus has resulted in 305 new cases and 5 dead.
Worldometers reported the most recent data from down under which included Chief Health Officer update: Victoria recorded 6 new COVID cases on 27,279 tests, taking the active case load to 80 active cases with no new deaths.
Queensland said it had detected 16 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours – the biggest one-day rise the state has recorded in a year. New South Wales state, home to Sydney, said on Monday it detected 207 COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours as daily new cases
“It’s starting to become clear that the initial lockdown will be insufficient for the outbreak,” Queensland state Deputy Premier Steven Miles told reporters in Brisbane on Monday.
Australia’s low COVID data has been credited to their closed borders, testing, stay-at-home orders and contact tracing.
Despite the soaring numbers, protests have broken out.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says anti-lockdown protesters are “selfish” for breaking social distancing rules.
Police have arrested at least 15 people and fine 16 others after mass protests in Melbourne’s CBD.
In other COVID news from Australia, a 34-year-old NSW woman has become the seventh Australian to die after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration confirmed on Thursday night that the death has once again been linked to thrombosis with thrombocytopenia or TTS — rare blood clotting associated with the vaccine.
“Sadly, a 34-year-old woman from NSW died yesterday from confirmed TTS following a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine,” the TGA said in a statement.