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Sydney 'freedom day' postponed by month as Covid lockdown misery continues down under

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Residents in the Harbour City look set to be hit by a four-week lockdown extension following the release of a list of high exposure sites. New South Wales Health have unveiled an additional 49 venues in Australia’s largest city as having high exposure sites, including 13 supermarkets.

Around 5,000 shoppers from the Belrose Woolworths, located on the Northern Beaches, are said to be in isolation following a potential superspreader event.

An additional 2,495 shoppers from the Campsie Centre shopping mall are in isolation.

The state Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, will make an announcement on the impact of Sydney’s superspreaders later today.

Nonetheless, health officials are said to have already made the decision to delay ‘Freedom Day’ after 172 new cases were announced on Tuesday.

On Monday, around 14,000 close contacts were forced into isolation, this is double the number from just three weeks earlier.

COVID-19’s Delta variant had been located in Sydney’s west and southwestern suburbs.

However, there has been a shift in focus towards other areas of the city that had not previously registered significant cases of the Delta strain.

The spread of the variant has raised concerns that New South Wales’ “gold standard” contact tracers are being overrun by new cases of the Indian variant.

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Some players expressed misgivings about going on the tour down under after it was announced that Australia could prevent players’ families joining them on their 41-day tour of the antipodes.

The Sydney Cricket Ground will host the fourth test between Australia and England in January 2022.



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