Australia’s Perth enters lockdown as Brisbane braces for curbs

Brisbane is set to become the fourth major Australian city in lockdown, as officials told residents to stay at home for three days due to concerns about the rapid spread of the more transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19. About 10 million Australians will be in lockdown once the latest order comes into force from Tuesday evening. “These are tough decisions,” Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. “We are having lockdowns in major cities because the overseas arrivals are bringing the virus here.” “I know this is going to be tough for a lot of families…. Read More

Australia’s COVID-19 response team holds urgent meeting amid outbreak

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia’s COVID-19 response committee is due to hold an emergency meeting on Monday as outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta variant across the country prompted a lockdown in Sydney and renewed restrictions elsewhere. Around 18 million Australians, or around 70% of the population, are now under some form of lockdown or COVID-related restrictions as officials grapple with COVID-19 flare-ups in almost every state or territory. “I think we are entering a new phase of this pandemic, with the more contagious Delta strain,” federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told the Australian Broadcasting… Read More