Australian officials have mandated that citizens go back into lockdown this month in hopes of preventing cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 from skyrocketing.
Three of the six Australian states, along with its three internal territories have been placed under lockdown in the last week, due to an uptick in the number of cases throughout the country and the spread of the Delta variant. Earlier this month, the state of Victoria exited a lockdown after only one active case of Covid remained (Yahoo Australia). However, the state maintained restrictions to prevent a repeat in a spike in cases. Nevertheless, the state closed their borders to people coming from Sydney and nearby areas later in the month. The state of Queensland soon followed. Several states are expected to end their lockdowns around July 9.
According to the World Health Organization, the earliest known case of the delta variant was in October 2020 in India (WHO). The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention presented evidence that the delta variant spreads more quickly and easily than other strains of the coronavirus (CDC).
To date, there have been 30,528 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Australia, which has been accompanied by 910 deaths (National Cabinet Statement). The government of Australia reported that 28.6% of Australians over 16 years of age have received a vaccine for the virus. As of June 28, there were 270 active cases, with 2 in an intensive care unit and none on ventilators.
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