Sydney, Australia Goes Into Hard Lockdown Amid Rising Covid Cases

Australia’s largest city went into a hard lockdown – again – on Saturday amid rising Covid cases.

Sydney ordered a shutdown of all construction sites and non-essential retail.

600,000 residents are banned from leaving their neighborhood for work, Reuters reported.

Reuters reported:

The Australian city of Sydney on Saturday ordered a shutdown of building sites, banned non-essential retail and threatened fines for employers who make staff come into the office as new COVID-19 cases kept rising three weeks into a citywide lockdown.

Authorities in New South Wales state, of which Sydney is the capital, also banned hundreds of thousands of people in the city’s western suburbs – the worst affected area – from leaving their immediate neighbourhoods for work, as they recorded 111 new cases in the prior 24 hours, up from 97 the day before.

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