Sydney locked down warned that the worst could be in the future, COVID-19 cases at highest level in 2021

A man walks under a public health social distancing message displayed in an inner-city shopping plaza during a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, July 6, 2021. Photo: Lauren Elliott/Reuters

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian state of New South Wales on Saturday reported the largest daily increase in local coronavirus infections this year, as authorities warned that things could get worse in Sydney, which is struggling with a three-week tight shutdown.

There were 50 new community transmission cases in the country’s most populous state, up from 44 the day before, the previous record set in 2021. This brings the outbreak of the highly contagious delta variant to 489.

Saturday’s cases included 26 people who spent time in the community while infected, raising fears of a lockdown extension for more than 5 million people in Sydney and surrounding areas.

“Knowing that there are 26 infectious cases in the community, the only conclusion we can draw is that things get worse before they get better,” state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a televised briefing.

“I think it’s pretty clear that unless we reduce this number of infected people in the community, we won’t be able to change things as quickly or as quickly as they should.”

There have been 47 hospitalized cases, or about 1 in 10 people who have been infected during the current outbreak. Of those, 19 are under 55 and 16 are in intensive care, including a teen.

Health authorities said that no fully vaccinated person needed hospital care and that 79% of those admitted did not receive any dose. Vaccinations are now only available in Australia for people over 40 who are in a high-risk group because of their health or work.

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The country has done much better than many other developed countries in keeping the number of COVID-19 relatively low, but the start of vaccinations is Among the slowest Due to supply restrictions and changing medical advice for AstraZeneca Stent.

(Reporting by Lydia Kelly) Editing by Lincoln Fest and William Mallard

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