Five million people in Australia’s second-largest city will remain under stay-at-home orders for at least another week after authorities extended a lockdown on Wednesday after failing to curb Melbourne’s latest Covid outbreak.
The city entered its sixth pandemic lockdown last Thursday after a fresh delta variant cluster emerged at a Melbourne school and quickly spread.
Daniel Andrews, the premier of the state of Victoria, said lockdown rules will be extended until at least August 19, after 20 new cases were detected overnight including several “mystery” cases.
In Sydney, more than five million people are enduring their seventh week under stay-at-home orders, currently scheduled to remain until the end of August.
The state of New South Wales recorded 344 new cases Wednesday, taking the total for an outbreak that began in Sydney in mid-June to more than 6,100 cases.