The Australian government imposed a lockdown on its capital city, Canberra, after one COVID-19 infection.
Canberra has maintained zero “locally acquired” cases for over a year, now one infection led to a one-week city-wide lockdown. Three other residents who are closely connected to the initial case also became infected. Australia has tightened its COVID-19 response after a spike in cases due to the delta variant. Over the course of the pandemic, the country has implemented six separate lockdowns.
In large cities, nine COVID-19 deaths led Australia to order a lockdown and deploy the military to enforce restriction rules. Australian Defence Soldiers are working with other law enforcement in areas of high transmissions, such as the city of Sydney, to ensure citizens are not violating the lockdown measures. For instance, enforcing a six-mile travel limit and closing state borders.
The Australian Government’s Department of Health maintains, “We must remain vigilant to prevent a ‘second wave’ of infection as public health-related restrictions are relaxed. While the current number of COVID-19 cases in Australia is low, it is likely there are people who are unknowingly infected and could spread the virus.” In response to recent lockdowns, tens of thousands of anti-lockdown protestors took to the streets of Melbourne, similar to events in Europe.
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