Downtown Sydney and the eastern suburbs of the city which includes the famous Bondi Beach goes into lockdown from Friday midnight amid the rise of Delta Variant of coronavirus in the city.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) demanded complete lockdown in the country’s biggest city to prevent the spread of this deadly variant and causing possible deaths.
People who live or worked in the four governmental council areas in Sydney are told to stay at home and step out unless an emergency. People in these council areas are told to stay at home except for medical reasons, education, grocery shopping or outdoor exercise.
“We don’t want to see this situation linger for weeks, we would like to see this situation end sooner rather than later,” said New South Wales (NSW) state Premier Gladys Berejiklian to the reporters.
Authorities are concerned over a potential super spreader event where 3 of the salon workers were tested positive for the new variant and as of June 15-June 23 over 900 people had visited this salon.
Officials have issued a health alert for more than a dozen new venues across the city which is one of the largest city in Australia and home to nearly 25 million people.
NSW has called out the ideas of strict lockdown, however, imposed mandatory masks in the indoor location which includes offices, restriction in the resident gathering who reside in the seven councils and restriction of travel of citizens, additionally, there will be a reduction of home gathering to 5 people.
These restrictions which were scheduled to end starting Wednesday has been extended till July 02.
AMA president, Omar Khorshid said that the latest restrictions were not quite enough and has asked the entire city to go under lockdown as the latest Sydney outbreak can get out of control and the city might witness deaths like Melbourne witnessed during the second wave.
“What happened in Melbourne is they tried last year to get ahead slowly and were not able to get ahead of it and it resulted in deaths … that must not be allowed to happen in Sydney,” said, Khorshid to the reporters.