Recent Australian lockdown
With surges of COVID and the Delta variant spreading across the world, Australia is taking major precautions to try and stop the spread of the disease. As of August 10, 2021, at least 25 million people across Australia are facing COVID restrictions, equalling over fifty percent of the country's total population.
Due to the large number of COVID-19 cases, major areas of Australia have entered into lockdown, meaning residents are to stay in their homes unless permitted to leave. Violators of the lockdown face heavy fines.
The statewide stay-at-home orders reflect growing concern about “virus clusters” that appear to have been seeded from Sydney residents traveling outside the city in violation of a lockdown that began there seven weeks ago.
Several cases have emerged in Dubbo, an agricultural area, along with a handful in Walgett, a small town about 400 miles from Sydney that has a large and largely unvaccinated Indigenous population.
In neighbouring Victoria, where state capital Melbourne is in its second week of an extended lockdown, authorities reported 21 locally acquired cases, up from 15 a day earlier.
This is grim news for Australia. Premier Gladys Berejiklian explained in a news conference, “We have to accept that this is the worst situation New South Wales has been in since day one. And it's also regrettably, because of that, the worst situation Australia's been in.” She had earlier reported the highest numbers of COVID infections since the pandemic first began.
Hundreds more defence personnel will be deployed next week to Sydney to help enforce the lockdown, with authorities particularly concerned about the spread of the virus to several regional towns.
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Looking at the future for Australia
Despite the recent outbreaks, Australia still has far lower COVID-19 numbers than many other countries in the developed world, with just over 38,600 cases and 952 deaths.
Still, it seems as though the recent lockdowns may be extended past their original end date. Government officials are going to be doing what they feel is best in order to keep as many people as possible safe and healthy during this challenging time.
It is important to keep a positive mindset as we continue to face this lockdown. Make sure you are taking strides to protect your mental health, especially if you are living alone. If you feel lonely, call a friend or family member. Try to stay active and get some exercise to improve your mental state. Lastly, please be sure to abide by all public health regulations and wear a mask whenever you are in public.