Sydney records first Covid-related death as Delta variant surges through Australia

WION Web Team
Sydney, Australia Published: Jul 11, 2021, 10:27 PM(IST)

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The death has come as Sydney's first victim to die from a locally acquired coronavirus infection in Australia

Adding to the fear of another possible outbreak, Australia announced its first coronavirus-related death in Sydney.

This death has come as Sydney is battling to control the widespread of the Delta variant which has also been labelled as a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The woman was in her 90s and took his last breath a few hours after she tested positive for coronavirus. She became the first victim to die from a locally acquired infection in the country.

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Local authorities have warned people to stay indoors, practice social distancing and wear face mask at all times when stepping outdoors.

"Tomorrow and the few days afterwards will be worse, much worse than we've seen today," New South Wales state premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

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The death has come as Sydney enters its third week of lockdown, even though cases have been alarming increasing.

"Given where we're at and given the lockdown was supposed to be lifted on Friday, everybody can tell it's highly unlikely at this stage, given where the numbers are," Berejiklian said.

To warn citizens against a possible deadly outbreak, the government of Australia has launched a new advertising campaign that urges people to stay vigilant and arm themselves against coronavirus by getting vaccinated and staying at home.

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