Australia

Sydney isolated as COVID-19 clusters build; NZ tightens curbs in capital

Australia’s largest city of Sydney re-introduced “soft touch” COVID-19 curbs on Wednesday to contain a widening outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, mandating masks in offices while neighboring states closed their borders. ———————————————————————————- Summary Workplace masks mandatory, home visits limited to five people Neighbouring states close borders Wellington alert …

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Australia detects ‘highly transmissible’ COVID variant in Melbourne

Australian authorities in the southeastern state of Victoria have detected a “highly transmissible” variant of the deadly coronavirus, stoking concerns of a major spike in cases. Authorities in Victoria said on Friday that the Delta COVID-19 virus variant has for the first time been detected through genomic sequencing among infections …

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Australia’s Victoria state to enter COVID-19 lockdown after ‘highly-infectious’ outbreak

Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria will enter a one-week COVID-19 lockdown forcing its near seven million residents to remain home except for essential business as authorities struggle to contain a highly infectious outbreak. “We’re dealing with a highly infectious strain of the virus, a variant of concern, which is …

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New Zealand’s Ardern delivers welfare boost in annual budget as economy rebounds

New Zealand on Thursday lifted welfare benefit rates and promised billions of dollars more towards addressing rising inequality in its annual budget, as it predicted smaller deficits and faster economic recovery from COVID-19. The budget for the 2021 fiscal year allocated funds towards housing, healthcare, education, and infrastructure, while also …

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