Health workers take out stretchers after cases of Covid-19 were reported in Summers Hill suburb of Sydney. AFP
More than five million people in Australia's biggest city and surrounding areas are entering their sixth week of a lockdown set to run until the end of August as troops were set to hit the streets of Sydney on Monday.
Stay-at-home orders in Australia's third-largest city Brisbane were extended to curb a worsening outbreak. Brisbane and several surrounding municipalities in Queensland state were due to end a three-day lockdown on Tuesday.
Sydney, and surrounding cities in New South Wales state are in their sixth week of lockdown. The New South Wales government on Monday reported 207 new locally acquired infections.
About 300 Australian Defence Force personnel will be deployed in Sydney after New South Wales state police requested military help to enforce Covid-19 rules.
Residents queue up for their dose of vaccine at the Homebush vaccination centre in Sydney on Monday. AFP
Queensland said it had detected 13 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours - the biggest one-day rise the state has recorded in a year.
Although Australia's vaccination drive has lagged many other developed economies, it has so far fared much better in keeping its coronavirus numbers relatively low, with just under 34,400 cases. The death toll rose to 925 after a man in his 90s died in Sydney.
Australia is going through a cycle of stop-start lockdowns in several cities after the emergence of the fast-moving Delta strain, and such restrictions are likely to persist until the country reaches a much higher level of vaccination coverage.
Authorities have been struggling to stop the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant in Sydney -- and ensure that residents follow containment rules -- with more than 3,600 cases recorded since mid-June.
"Police officers will be assisted by ADF personnel as they deliver food parcels, conduct welfare door-knocks and go through compliance checks of stay-at-home and self-isolation orders," NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said Saturday.
Prime Minister Morrison has promised lockdowns would be "less likely" once the country inoculates 70% of its population above 16 years of age - up from 19% now. Morrison expects to hit the 70% mark by the end of the year.
Meanwhile the lockdown of Brisbane and several surrounding areas comes as Sydney, the biggest city in the country, begins its sixth week under stay-at-home orders.
Authorities ordered a five-day lockdown of Perth after a security guard at a hotel used to quarantine people returning from overseas was found to have contracted the virus.
An Australian family residing in Dubai expressed its thanks and gratitude to the UAE for helping to reunite them in Dubai with their son, who was stuck in the Australian city of Sydney for nearly two months.
The estimate came as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported a 7.5 percent drop in jobs -- which it said was equivalent to about 700,000 workers out of an active workforce of some 13 million -- in the five weeks to April 18.
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An Israeli shell struck outside her home on Friday, making her one of the first of at least 47 Palestinians - including 16 children.
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