Australia is in the grips of dealing with increasing Covid-19 cases across some of its states.
New South Wales has been grappling with a growing number of cases for the past few weeks, following an outbreak in Sydney.
Four areas of Sydney, including the CBD, were placed into lockdown to try and stop the spread of the virus. That then expanded to include Greater Sydney at the weekend, with the restrictions in place until midnight July 9.
On Thursday, the state recorded 24 new cases. The day prior, another Sydney healthcare worker was confirmed as testing positive for the virus, sending patients and staff into isolation.
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New South Wales isnt the only state with restrictions and cases.
Parts of Queensland are currently in a snap three-day lockdown after a number of outbreaks were identified. The restrictions are in place until at least 6pm Friday (local time).
On Thursday, Queensland reported two cases of community transmission, including a worker at Brisbane’s International Airport. That case is being considered a potential fifth cluster, ABC News reported. At least three of the clusters involve the Delta variant of Covid-19, ABC News said.
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A member of the public is seen wearing a face mask in the CBD during Perths lockdown on June 29, 2021.
Western Australia has been in lockdown for three days. On Thursday, no new cases of the virus were announced in the state, with the WA Premier Mark McGowan saying he expected that was a relief for many families, 9 News reported.
On Thursday, Victoria reported no new cases of the virus. Victoria was due to ease restrictions on Thursday, however, a decision was made to postpone this due to the rise in cases in other states.
We are not increasing restrictions, as other states around the Australian mainland are, but what we are doing is holding them where they are, Health Minister Martin Foley told Australian media on Wednesday.
The Northern Territory has been on high alert since some mining staff tested positive, with Greater Darwin and Alice Springs currently in lockdown.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a three-day lockdown for much of the state this week as health authorities work to contain a growing Covid-19 cluster.
The states mine cluster rose to 16 on Thursday, with one more person testing positive. The man was a close contact of the initial Tanami mine case, and officials believe he has been in isolation throughout his infectious period, ABC News reported.
South Australia is not in lockdown, but there are some restrictions in place around home gatherings, and officials are encouraging mask use.
There were no new Covid-19 cases reported on Thursday in South Australia. An infected miner who had been in the Northern Territory is in isolation with his family, however officials have said he has not been active in the community, Adelaide Nowreported.
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Cars prepare to drive past a border check point on June 29, 2021 in Perth, Australia. Lockdown restrictions are in place for the Perth and Peel regions.
Efforts are underway in Tasmania to keep Covid-19 out. Tasmanian officials have also declared some Australian states as high-risk areas, with travellers unable to enter Tasmania unless given permission.
On Wednesday, officials announced masks will be required at all festival events at the Festival of Voices due to the national Covid-19 risk. From next week, it will be mandatory for people to check in via the official app to major supermarkets and shopping centres, ABCNewsreported.
New Zealands Cabinet made the decision in principle to lift the trans-Tasman bubble pause to allow travellers from South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria to travel to New Zealand from 11.59pm on Sunday July 4.
Long queues of people are seen at a New South Wales vaccination centre on July 1, 2021 in Sydney.

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