In the newest Covid-19 outbreak, Sunday was a difficult day for Australia, as millions of Australians battle the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, according to a report from the ABC.
New South Wales
Thirty new cases were reported while a substantial portion of the state was placed under lockdown. New South Wales residents remain in lockdown, aside from a 100km cross-border buffer zone.
In New South Wales, the region of Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, and Shellharbour are designated as red zones.
Greater Darwin was put on lockdown for 48 hours as the Northern Territory faced its biggest coronavirus danger yet, according to Chief Minister Michael Gunner.
Five new instances have been reported in the territory, all of which are linked to a worker at a Central Australian gold mine who tested positive on Friday night.
One of the cases was flown from the mine to Darwin before being transported back to Palmerston. The man, his family, and 80 other passengers on the same trip will be quarantined.
Checkpoints are being put up on main roadways to ensure that residents in the Darwin, Palmerston, and Litchfield local government districts adhere to the lockdown.
In Queensland, authorities are keeping a tight eye on a cluster associated with the Portuguese Family Centre.
Also, a female miner from the Sunshine Coast, whose case was revealed yesterday, had tested positive with the highly contagious Delta strain and been in the community for one day while infectious.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said .”We’ve got enormous risks throughout our state,” She also highlighted the positive Virgin crew member who had taken five flights, including one to the Gold Coast and another to Brisbane.
Over 900 workers from the Central Australian mine had flown interstate across Australia.
On Sunday, Victoria reported no new cases, but the state was on high alert for any illnesses linked to a positive case on a Virgin flight from Brisbane on June 25.
Melbourne Airport was added to Victoria’s list of exposure sites on Sunday, with residents advised to “be tested immediately.”
Victoria has declared the Greater Darwin area a red zone, which will take effect from 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.
On Sunday, no new cases were reported in South Australia, but authorities moved rapidly to seal the state’s borders with Queensland, Western Australia, the ACT, and the Northern Territory.
Only returning South Australians and other essential travelers will be let in, and they will be subject to yet-to-be-determined limitations.
After a lady who had visited New South Wales tested positive, new restrictions were imposed on the Perth and Peel regions starting at noon on Sunday for at least three days.
As the COVID situation in New South Wales worsens, Tasmania has closed its border to visitors from Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, and Wollongong.
Anyone who has returned from any of the newly identified high-risk zones on or after June 21 is recommended to self-isolate and be tested.
Roos players, coaches, and officials who were at Melbourne airport at the same time as a Virgin Australia flight attendant who tested positive are being urged to get tested, according to the AFL website.
In Australia, more than 7 million doses of the Covid vaccination from either Pfizer or AstraZeneca have been administered, reported the Daily mail.
Unions are urging the NSW and Commonwealth governments to give at least a half-day of paid leave for workers to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.
The NSW secretary of the Australian Union of Public Staff, Mark Morey, believes the premier should make the case for vaccination leave at the national cabinet and urge for it to be funded for all casual and contract workers, as well as make a right for all permanent employees.
‘Every barrier and impediment to vaccination must be removed as soon as possible,’ said on Monday.
‘There are many things slowing the vaccine rollout, but one element is the cost of missing work, especially for people who are insecurely employed and on modest incomes.’