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Australia's Melbourne Extends Sixth Lockdown As Delta Variant Rages

Melbourne and surrounding Victoria accompaniment were appointed to avenue a four-week lockdown on Thursday

A lockdown of Australia's second-biggest burghal Melbourne will be extended, authorities appear Sunday as they attempt to annihilate a adamant coronavirus Delta alternative outbreak.

Almost seven actor bodies in Melbourne and surrounding Victoria accompaniment were appointed to avenue a four-week lockdown on Thursday, but accompaniment arch Dan Andrews said it would no best be accessible with case numbers ascent by 92 overnight.

It is the city's sixth lockdown of the pandemic, and includes a curfew, the cease of playgrounds and austere banned on exercise.

"We still accept too abounding cases in the association for too continued for us to be able to accessible up and accord back... those freedoms that we admire and those freedoms that we badly appetite back," Andrews said.

Andrews did not acknowledge how continued calm orders would abide in place, adage admiral would "look at all the altered options".

Meanwhile neighbouring New South Wales state, which includes Australia's best crawling burghal of Sydney, acquaint 1,218 new cases on Sunday -- blame the country's all-embracing circadian caseload to a beginning best high.

Almost 19,000 cases accept been detected in the accompaniment of about eight actor bodies back the Delta alternative beginning began in mid-June.

But with anesthetic ante now surging in New South Wales and authorities admiration 70 percent of adults there will be absolutely vaccinated by October, association weary of abiding restrictions accept been promised some bashful freedoms.

In non-hotspot areas, bristles absolutely vaccinated adults will be able to accumulate alfresco for up to an hour from mid-September while authorities accept additionally signalled baby weddings will anon be allowed.

Australian leaders accept agreed on a civic roadmap for reopening the country already anesthetic targets of 70 and 80 percent are accomplished in anniversary accompaniment and territory.

The nation has recorded added than 51,000 cases of Covid-19 and about 1,000 deaths in a citizenry of 25 actor back the alpha of the pandemic.

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