Workers from the Australian Defence Force and New South Wales Police Force patrol a street in the Bankstown suburb during a prolonged lockdown to suppress the spread of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, August 3, 2021. REUTERS/Loren ElliottSydney records greatest everyday number of cases, 5 deathsVictoria state to get in seven-day lockdownAustralia facing second recession in as lots of yearsSYDNEY, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Sydney reported a record daily number of new coronavirus cases on Thursday and the state of Victoria revealed a one-week lockdown as Australia tried to contain the highly contagious Delta variant.With around 35,200 COVID-19 cases and 932 deaths, Australia has avoided the high caseloads of other industrialized nations however its vaccination figures are among the most affordable, with only 20% of people aged over 16 fully vaccinated.The government is likewise under pressure as Australias A$ 2 trillion ($1.5 trillion) economy is threatened by a second economic crisis in two years.Sydney, Australias biggest city and the capital of New South Wales state, is nearing the seventh week of a nine-week lockdown. It reported five deaths and a record 262 infections in the previous 24 hours.Victoria state said it had actually identified eight new cases, and began its seven-day lockdown on Thursday evening.”Nothing about this is optional. This is a lockdown, it will be imposed, for the finest of reasons and the best functions, to bring these case numbers down, under control so we can once again be open,” Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews told press reporters in Melbourne.Australias three most populated cities – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – are all in lockdown. The Hunter region in New South Wales will also be locked below Thursday evening after six new infections there.GET VACCINATEDFour of the five individuals who passed away of COVID-19 in Sydney were unvaccinated. The other had actually received one dosage, state health officials said.Many people stay wary of taking the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) vaccine after a small number of cases of a rare blood-clotting condition were reported amongst people who got it– including a brand-new case, that of a 34-year-old lady from New South Wales.Many individuals want to await more materials of the Pfizer (PFE.N) vaccine to show up next month, when Australia expects to permit individuals under 40 to sign up to be inoculated.Health professionals expect Australia to endure stop-and-start lockdowns till it reaches a high vaccination rate however legislators deal with needs to reduce limitations for those not able to work.”Im a lucky one to be in necessary service, so Im still working, still making money. For other individuals its a blended bag. Some individuals are taking it truly well and others not so well,” said Keirom ODonoughue, a pharmacy salesperson in Sydney.($1 = 1.3535 Australian dollars)Reporting by Renju Jose, Byron Kaye and Stefica Nicol Bikes; Editing by Jacqueline Wong, Christian Schmollinger, Raju Gopalakrishnan and Timothy HeritageOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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