On Saturday, Australia reported a new high in daily coronavirus cases as the highly contagious Delta variety spreads.
On Saturday, Australia set a new daily record for new coronavirus infections, with the highly contagious Delta strain spreading throughout the country’s most populated states of New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland.
The government also recorded five coronavirus-related deaths, one of the most this year, with roughly 15 million people in the three states, or 60% of Australia’s population, under severe lockdown.
NSW has recorded 319 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases, the highest since the epidemic began in early 2020, with a stay-at-home order in place for six weeks in Sydney and other regional cities encompassing 200 kilometers (120 miles) of coastline.
According to state officials, 345 individuals have been taken to hospitals in NSW, including 56 in intensive care and 23 on ventilators.
Victoria, which is still under a seven-day lockdown imposed earlier this week, experienced the greatest daily increase in cases this year, with 29 new infections, as the state continues under the pandemic’s sixth state-wide lockdown.
Premier Dan Andrews of Victoria encouraged citizens to abide by public health regulations that enable residents to leave their homes only for needed employment, shopping, medical treatment, immunization, or two hours of outdoor exercise.
Queensland recorded 13 new cases, with all but one isolating while infectious, bringing hopes that the eight-day lockdown in parts of the state will be lifted as planned on Sunday afternoon.
With just over 36,000 Covvid-19 cases and 937 deaths, Australia has avoided the high caseloads of other developed countries, but its vaccination figures are among the lowest, with only 20% of people aged over 16 fully vaccinated.