“We are in the presence of a highly contagious strain of the virus, and it’s a worrisome one that’s spreading more quickly than we’ve ever seenThe French News Agency (AFP) quoted Acting Prime Minister of Victoria, James Merlino, as saying.
For seven days, Melbourne’s five million people will only be able to leave home to buy essential products, provide and receive health care or be vaccinated against the disease.
CityWho was locked up for four months last year, It is trying to contain a new outbreak that has nearly doubled the number of cases in the past 24 hours, from 15 to 26, The governor pointed out.
At the start of the new outbreak, a football fan had watched a match at a stadium in Melbourne on Sunday, with an additional 23,000 spectators.
This week, thousands of Australian football fans have already received instructions to self-isolate and take covid-19 tests before the confinement age.
Vitoria state chief accused the federal government of being partly responsible for the new outbreak, denouncing the delay in the vaccination campaign.
“If more people were vaccinated, the conditions would be very different“, defend.
These are the first cases of local contamination in Melbourne after three months.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), variant B.1.617, which was detected in western India, shows greater transmissibility than other strains.
Since the start of the epidemic, Australia has recorded just over 30,000 cases of COVID-19 and 910 deaths.
However, the vaccination campaign is facing difficulties, with only 3.7 million doses out of a population of 25 million being administered.
The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 3487,457 people worldwide, resulting in more than 167.7 million cases, according to a report by Agence France-Presse.