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COVID-19 delta variant outbreak in Sydney increases, community cases stir concern

SYDNEY:  New South Wales state authorities said they are still finding a significant number of new COVID-19 cases in the community, raising concerns about new groups as they reported an increase in new infections for the third day in a row.

Half of the 24 cases on Thursday (July 1) were discovered in the community, while the rest were already quarantined at home, authorities said as Sydney approaches a week of a harsh lockdown set to prevent an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant.
“(This) is cause for concern. This is how we will measure our success over the next few days and beyond,” New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.

Berejiklian said that even during a lockdown, many people with flu-like symptoms would “go about their business” and transmit the virus to others.

“We cannot allow this to happen … assume that you have the virus or that the people you come in contact with have the virus and act accordingly,” Berejiklian said.

Australia is battling infection outbreaks for the first time in several states this year, with nearly half of all Australians under a stay-at-home order to prevent a significant Delta Tribe outbreak.
The total number of cases in the recent outbreak in New South Wales, the worst-hit state, has approached 200 since the first case was discovered more than two weeks ago in a limousine driver carrying flight crews from abroad. .

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