Cape Times

Delta variant leads to lockdown in Sydney

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MELBOURNE: Australia yesterday reported one of the highest numbers for locally acquired coronaviru­s cases this year, triggering lockdowns in the cities of Sydney and Darwin, forcing tighter restrictio­ns in four states.

Sydney began a two-week lockdown yesterday as the Bondi neighbourh­ood cluster of the highly infectious Covid-19 Delta variant rose to 110 in Australia’s largest city, while an outbreak in the northern city of Darwin prompted a hard twoday stay-at-home order.

There were 38 cases of different Covid-19 variants reported by late yesterday, 30 of them in Sydney, four in Northern Territory, three in Queensland and one in Western Australia.

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