“As a precaution, the health experts have recommended we lock down Tamworth for one week,” Berejiklian told reporters on Monday.
The highly infectious Delta variant continues to surge in New South Wales, despite lockdown measures in its biggest city extending into its seventh week.
Premier Berejiklian defended the long lockdown, saying without it case numbers “would undoubtedly have been in their thousands and thousands every day.”
The neighboring state of Victoria reported 20 local cases on Monday, から 11 1日前. State capital Melbourne’s lockdown is currently scheduled to end on Thursday, and state Premier Daniel Andrews said the restrictions in areas outside the city would be eased on Monday.
Sydney’s lockdown is set to end on August 28 but the state government has indicated that restrictions will remain through September.
In Queensland, where the northern tourist town of Cairns is locked down, four local cases were reported on Monday. Several areas in the southeast of the state, including the capital Brisbane, came out of stay-at-home restrictions on Sunday.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is under fire for a sluggish vaccine rollout, と 22.5% of Australians above 16 fully vaccinated, far below the results seen in the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union despite Australia’s smaller population.
Morrison acknowledged mounting frustrations but urged people to be patient.
“I know they’re sick of it, I know they’re angry and I know they want it to stop and for life to get back to where they knew it,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
“But there can be no short cuts.”
Australia has reported a total of about 36,630 ケースと 940 死亡者（数, according to the Health Ministry.
Morrison has said all Australians over 16 will be offered a vaccine by the end of the year, with prospects for achieving that boosted on Monday when the country’s pharmaceutical regulator gave provisional approval for the Moderna shot.