Australians may face longer lockdown after “reckless” mass protests – Reuters

New South Wales reports 141 new local cases, 2 deathsVictoria on track to ease curbsAustralia secures 85 mln Pfizer booster shotsMELBOURNE, July 25 (Reuters) – Australias New South Wales logged its second-highest daily boost of the year in locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Sunday in the middle of fears of a wave of new infections after countless individuals signed up with an anti-lockdown demonstration.”In relation to yesterdays protests, can I state how absolutely disgusted I was. It broke my heart,” Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of the nations most populated state, informed press reporters.”I hope it will not be a problem, but it could be,” she said.There were 141 COVID-19 cases reported, below 163 a day previously. The break out, which began in June, is being driven by the extremely contagious Delta variant of the infection, and has now contaminated 2,081 people in New South Wales. There are 43 individuals in intensive care, up from 37 a day earlier.Under fire for a sluggish vaccine rollout, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated more vaccine supply was not going to ensure New South Wales gets out of lockdown, but what was required was a reliable, correctly implemented lockdown.”Let me be clear – theres not an alternative to the lockdown in New South Wales to get this under control. There is no other magic bullet thats going to do that,” Morrison told reporters at a televised media conference.He called the anti-lockdown demonstrations in Sydney negligent and self-defeating. While Berejiklian and other state leaders have actually blamed Canberra for the sluggish vaccine rollout, critics have actually stated NSW did not impose its stay-at-home orders, which has actually led to Delta variant leaks to other states.At least 38 of the new cases in NSW had actually hung out in the neighborhood while contagious, state health authorities said. Numbers of such cases have actually stayed stubbornly high even after four weeks of lockdown in Sydney, now expected to be extended beyond July 30. The state reported 2 deaths overnight, consisting of a woman in her 30s with no pre-existing conditions.A lady exercises on the empty steps in front of the Anzac Memorial at the Pool of Reflection as fitness centers are closed throughout a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Loren ElliottDespite its struggle with spikes of infections, Australia has actually handled to keep its epidemic mainly under control with an overall of about 32,600 cases and 918 deaths.To assistance speed up vaccinations in Sydney, the federal governments official adviser, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), on Saturday changed its guidance on the AstraZeneca vaccine, urging anybody in the city under the age of 60 to highly think about getting immunized with it.ATAGI had actually previously encouraged against the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 60 due to concerns about blood clots.”In the context of the existing threat of COVID-19 in NSW and with the ongoing restrictions on Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine products, all adults in higher Sydney must strongly consider the benefits of earlier security with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca instead of awaiting alternative vaccines,” ATAGI said in a statement.Morrison stated on Sunday the government has protected an extra 85 million dosages of the Pfizer vaccine, but they will just be delivered in 2022 and 2023.”To have those booster shots pre-ordered methods we can go into 2022 with confidence,” he said.Australias Victoria state reported 11 locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Sunday, down from 12 a day previously, raising hopes the state will end a tough lockdown enforced 10 days ago.State Premier Daniel Andrews said it was prematurely to say whether limitations will be alleviated on Tuesday, but: “At this phase, however, things are working out.”All of the cases were linked to the existing break out clusters and all of them were in isolation throughout their infectious duration, the states health department said.South Australia reported 3 new cases on Sunday.Reporting by Sonali Paul; Editing by Edwina Gibbs and Christian SchmollingerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.