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Mon Aug 9, 2021, 04:03 AM

 

Australia expands COVID-19 lockdown over concern of spread to countryside

Source: Reuters

August 9, 2021
3:02 AM EDT
Last Updated 39 minutes ago

Renju Jose, Colin Packham

SYDNEY, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Australian authorities expanded a COVID-19 lockdown to the rural town of Tamworth on Monday due to fears the coronavirus may have spread from the city of Sydney into the countryside, carried by infected people breaking a travel ban.

The premier of New South Wales state, Gladys Berejiklian, announced the lockdown of the farming town, 414 km (257 miles) to northwest of Sydney, after people known to have COVID-19 travelled there.

"As a precaution, the health experts have recommended we lock down Tamworth for one week," Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney. Officials also urged people in the Byron Bay area to get tested after a man travelled from Sydney, the epicentre of the state's outbreak, to the tourist spot about 767 km to the north.

New South Wales reported 283 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, up from 262 cases a day earlier.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/australias-victoria-reports-11-locally-acquired-covid-19-cases-2021-08-08/



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