Coronavirus lockdown extended for Australia’s capital Canberra

Australian authorities on Tuesday extended a coronavirus lockdown of the nation’s capital Canberra to mid-October, saying the measure was necessary while vaccinations are ramped up.About 400,000 Canberra residents have been under stay-at-home orders since August 12, when a single case of COV

New Zealand keeps Auckland in strict coronavirus lockdown to beat Delta

New Zealand extended a strict lockdown in its largest city on Monday, requiring 1.7 million people living in Auckland to remain indoors for at least another week to snuff out small outbreaks of the highly infectious Delta variant of coronavirus. Health authorities recorded 33 new cases of the Del

COVID-19 cases in Australia’s Victoria state hit 13-month high

Australia’s Victoria state, the country’s second-most populous, on Saturday reported the biggest one-day rise in locally acquired COVID-19 cases in more than a year.Victoria state said it detected 450 locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the biggest one-day rise since

Australia receives Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Britain

The first batch of coronavirus vaccines from a swap deal has arrived in Australia from Britain, officials said Monday. Australia received nearly half a million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as part of the deal the country is using to speed up its inoculation program. Australia is

Australia’s Melbourne extends sixth coronavirus lockdown

A lockdown of Australia’s second-biggest city Melbourne will be extended, authorities announced Sunday as they struggle to quash a stubborn coronavirus Delta variant outbreak.Almost seven million people in Melbourne and surrounding Victoria state were scheduled to exit a four-week lockdown o

Australia logs record COVID-19 cases, driven by New South Wales

Australia reported a record 1,126 coronavirus infectious on Saturday, the vast majority in New South Wales, the epicenter of the Delta-fueled outbreak.More than half of Australians have been in weeks-long lockdowns as officials in Sydney and Melbourne, the country’s largest cities, and the c

New Australian Virus Cases Soar over 1,000 for First Time

Australia on Thursday reported more than 1,000 new local coronavirus cases for the first time during the pandemic, as a Delta variant outbreak surged in Sydney. New South Wales state, which includes the country's most populous city Sydney, announced a record 1,029 cases of Covid-19 for the previo

Sydney hospitals under strain as coronavirus cases hit record

Sydney’s COVID-19 cases rose to a new daily record on Wednesday, putting parts of the health system under “severe pressure,” officials said, as they urged an increase in vaccinations to help curb the rate of hospitalizations.Despite two months of lockdowns, New South Wales (NSW)

Australian PM Morrison defends lockdown strategy as daily COVID-19 cases hit record

Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended on Sunday Australia’s lockdown strategy for tackling the coronavirus, saying it would stay until at least 70 percent of population is fully vaccinated, as daily infections break records.Sunday’s 914 cases of the highly infectious Delta variant sur

Hundreds arrested, fined during Australia coronavirus lockdown protests

More than 250 people who were protesting coronavirus lockdowns in Australia were arrested Saturday and many faced fines for defying health orders, authorities said.At least seven police officers were treated for injuries after skirmishes broke out at some of the protests, which took place in multi

Sydney records deadliest day of COVID-19 pandemic, Melbourne lockdown extended

Australia’s biggest city of Sydney recorded its deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, while residents in Melbourne face a nightly curfew and a further two weeks of lockdown amid a surge in infections.Sydney, which is in its eighth week of lockdown, is the epicenter of Australia&r

Sydney lockdown fines raised as Australia faces ‘worst’ COVID-19 situation

Australia will increase fines to people breaching lockdown rules in the state of New South Wales as it battles a record jump in local COVID-19 infections and Sydney, the state capital, heads into its eighth week of lockdown, officials said on Saturday.Locally transmitted infections jumped by 466 o

Australia’s New South Wales State Expands COVID-19 Lockdown

Australia expanded a COVID-19 lockdown to a rural town and the coastal region of Byron Bay on Monday, as fears grew that the virus has spread from Sydney to the northern tip of the country’s most populous state. Tamworth, a farming town 414 km (257 miles) northwest of Sydney, and Byron Bay,

Australia Suffers Worst COVID Day this Year with Millions in Lockdown

Australia saw a record daily number of new coronavirus cases this year yesterday, with the country’s most populous states of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland recording a total of 361 cases of the highly infectious Delta variant. With about 15 million people in the three states, or 6

Delta spreads in Sydney as Australia widens COVID-19 restrictions

 Australian officials warned Sydney residents on Friday to brace for a surge in COVID-19 cases after the country’s largest city logged record infections for the second straight day despite a weeks-long lockdown to stamp out an outbreak of Delta variant. “Just based on the trend i

Sydney suffers deadliest day of pandemic as lockdown nears seventh week

Sydney recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday as authorities launched an investigation into a beach party suspected of spreading the virus into a region outside the city, triggering a snap one-week lockdown there.Sydney, Australia’s largest city which is nearing i

Australia records one of its youngest COVID-19 deaths as Sydney outbreak grows

Australia’s New South Wales reported one of the country’s youngest deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, as daily infections lingered near a 16-month high despite the lockdown of 5 million people in state capital Sydney entering its sixth week.The unnamed man in his 20s, who had no underl

COVID-19 cases surge in Sydney as police cordon deters protest

Sydney’s coronavirus cases continued to surge on Saturday as police cordoned off the city’s central district, preventing a planned anti-lockdown protest from taking place.There were 210 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 reported in Sydney and vicinities that are under a weeks-long str