(Al Jazeera) The prospect of an extended lockdown looms over Sydney as Australian health officials reported yet another record daily rise in COVID-19 cases for the year, fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant.
On Monday, the state of New South Wales, where Sydney is located, reported 112 new locally transmitted cases, almost all in Sydney, despite the country’s biggest city entering its third week of lockdown.
Case numbers have been at record levels for at least three days.
State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said most of Monday’s cases were family members or close friends of already infected people, and pleaded with residents to comply with lockdown rules, which were tightened over the weekend.
Sydney residents are not to leave their homes unless for food purchasing, clinical therapy or everyday workouts.