The lockdown of the Australian capital, Canberra, has been extended for another month. This means that 400,000 residents will not be able to leave the house until at least mid-October. “This is the safest solution. It will allow us to celebrate Christmas without any risk” – argues the head of the metropolitan government, Andrew Barr.
About 400,000 Canberra residents were forced to stay at home for a month Because of the discovery of the first cases of the Corona virus delta variant in the city.
The number of active infections with the Corona virus in the capital, on Tuesday, reached 252, and 276 people recovered.
Barr stressed in a press conference that the closure is the “guaranteed way” to limit the spread of the virus and allow as many people as possible to be vaccinated.
Nearly 53 percent of 16-year-olds have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus in the capital, the highest percentage in Australia.
Across the country last week, an average of 1.7 thousand people were diagnosed. New infections daily. Young people between the ages of 12 and 15 in Australia have also been vaccinated against Covid-19 since Monday. One million additional doses of the Moderna vaccine were purchased on Sunday.
Now, however, the vaccination campaign has been accelerated, above all – except for Canberra – in Sydney and Melbourne, where strict epidemiological restrictions are also in place.
Last week, state heads of state and federal government officials agreed to lift restrictions on the country when 70 to 80 percent of people have been fully vaccinated. This is also when Australia opens its borders.
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