Australia extends the confinement of the capital Canberra until 15 October – 15/09/2021

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Sydney (Australia), 14 September (EFE). Authorities in Australia on Tuesday extended the confinement of its capital Canberra, where nearly half of the country’s population resides, to 15 October to prevent transmission of Covid-19, while maintaining stay-at-home orders in Sydney and Melbourne .

“We are still reporting cases where the origin of transmission is unknown,” said Andrew Barr, the head of the Australian capital’s territory, justifying the measure at a news conference.

The extension of confinement that began in mid-August to a population of 425,000 comes as the jurisdiction has reported 22 new cases today and is expected to reach 50% vaccination among the population over the age of 12 this week Is.

Australia, where various regions are debating between a virus suppression strategy and progressive reopening with high vaccination rates, intends to begin the deconfinement phase as soon as the full dose vaccination reaches 70% of the population.

The country has maintained isolation orders in Sydney from 26 June and other rural areas in Melbourne since early August.

New South Wales, whose capital is Sydney, recorded 1,127 positive diagnoses and two deaths today, while the neighboring state of Victoria, whose capital is Melbourne, recorded 445 cases and two deaths.

Since the start of the pandemic, Australia has accumulated nearly 77,000 cases and more than 1,100 deaths per COVID-19 and has given more than 40% of its population a full dose of vaccine.

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