Australia: Sydney has been out of quarantine for almost four months

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Its inhabitants Sydney came out on Monday after almost four months of strict quarantine, which was decided for its largest city Australia in order to stem the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.

In this city of five million inhabitants, the quarantine measure was decided in the summer to prevent the transmission of the Delta variant of the highly contagious coronavirus.

The quarantine came after 106 days of restrictive measures due to a reduction in infections – 477 cases recorded Sunday in New South Wales, the country’s most populous state – and vaccination progress, with more than 70% of the population over 16 years of age to have been fully vaccinated.

Some public areas, such as bars or entertainment venues, are expected to reopen by midnight for vaccinated customers.

The hairdressers will reopen on Monday.

As of June, shops, schools and businesses were closed for so-called “non-core” activities. Transportation was limited to five kilometers from the house and it was not possible to visit relatives, play sports, enter shopping malls or attend a funeral.

“Few countries have taken such a strict, even extreme, approach to Covid management as Australia,” Tim Sutfomasan, a former Australian University Commissioner for Discrimination, told AFP.

Restrictive measures will continue for a few weeks regarding gatherings and trips abroad, as well as the full reopening of the physical presence of the schools.

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