Nearly half the Australian population is in lockdown as Victoria joined Greater Sydney in enforcing stay-at-home orders to contain a Delta outbreak that has spread from NSW.
Some 6.7 million Victorians are waking to their first day of a five-day lockdown which could potentially be extended, while Sydney is bracing for a jump in cases as the virus spread to hospitals and paramedicsannounced an ambitious plan Wednesday to almost fully reopen his province by early July..
Queensland is also racing to ward off another lockdown, just two weeks after the last one endedas part of measures to control a surge in virus infections and deaths, after three worrying locally acquired cases on Thursday which prompted a prolonged mask mandate.
Meanwhile National Cabinet is due to meet on Friday, with Victoria expected to argue for federal payments for businesses to top-up workers’ pay to be given for the five-day lockdown, not waiting a week to qualify2021-04-23T10:24:08.245Z.
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