The Delta variant of coronavirus covid-19 has led to Australia to a “critical” moment of the pandemic due to the increase in infections that has forced the authorities to confine Sydney, the most populous city in the country, and extend restrictions in other regions. ‘

Since the outbreak of the second wave in Australia of mid-2020, which was caused by failures in the security protocols of the quarantine centers in the city of Melbourne, the oceanic country, which has been recognized for its good management of the pandemic, had not faced such a serious situation .

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“It is a critical moment”, Treasury Minister Josh Frydenberg said in an interview this Monday with the public broadcaster ABC before the emergency meeting of the response committee to covid-19, which between Sunday and Monday adds about 60 community infections throughout the country.

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The outbreak detected in the middle of the month in Sydney, the most populated city in the country and confined to its surrounding areas until July 9, represents “a new phase of the pandemic,” according to Frydenberg, referring to this crisis caused by the “most contagious and dangerous” variant.

A food delivery worker travels in Sydney’s central business district on June 26, 2021, as Australia’s largest city entered a two-week lockdown to contain an outbreak of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. (Saeed KHAN / AFP).

FROM SYDNEY TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY

The outbreak of the Sydney Delta variant, which was detected in the middle of this month in a driver of a limousine that transported members of the crew of an international flight, accumulates about 130 infections in that city, and affects the states of New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory

The head of government of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, alerted journalists on Monday in Sydney after reporting the 18 new local infections, 15 of them linked to the driver, that “we have to be prepared for the numbers to fluctuate and for them to increase considerably.”

The virus has also reached the city of Perth, where two positive cases linked to the Sydney outbreak were detected since Sunday, forcing the Western Australian government to impose a lockdown in Pell and the Peel region on Monday.

The detection of cases with the Delta variant in a mine in the Northern Territory led this jurisdiction, which accumulates seven infections, to extend the confinement of Darwin and its surrounding areas until next Friday, three days more than announced the day before.

The state of Queensland also reported a case with the Delta variant In a mining worker who traveled through the tourist Sunshine Coast, which forced the authorities to tighten the measures against covid-19 and consider the possibility of a new confinement.

Tables and chairs are empty along the water at Circular Quay, usually crowded with visitors during the weekend in central Sydney.  (AFP / Steven Saphore).

Tables and chairs are empty along the water at Circular Quay, usually crowded with visitors during the weekend in central Sydney. (AFP / Steven Saphore). (STEVEN SAPHORE /)

A DIFFERENT BEAST

For the Vice President of the Australian Medical Association, Chris Moy, the Delta variant “It has beaten the contact trackers of New South Wales and the dependence on them, as well as the delay (in the confinement) for a few days has caused it to spread in the country,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald last night. .

“It is a different beast. You have to go strong against her, really that will be our best chance “, recommended the doctor when commenting on this crisis that has unleashed criticism for the slowness in the confinement order, the vaccination program and the quarantine strategies of international travelers.

The other states and territories of Australia, where no cases of covid-19 In recent days, they limited travel to their jurisdictions from the regions affected by the virus to avoid contagion.

In addition, New Zealand suspended until at least Tuesday its quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia, a country that will lose at least 1.5 billion dollars (1,271 million euros) for the two weeks of confinement in Sydney.

Australia, whose authorities link all outbreaks to repatriations from abroad, accumulates about 30,500 infections, which include 910 deaths, and has vaccinated more than 6 million residents, of which 1.2 million have the complete guideline.

A government study published Monday indicates that Australia will suffer the economic and demographic effects of the pandemic for at least 40 years, as a result of “the slowdown in population growth” influenced, among other causes, by the aging of the population and the low birth rate that has been exacerbated during the covid -19.

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