Hundreds of soldiers are sent to Sydney to enforce the lockdown in the city with more restrictions. The Government has taken this decision as the number of patients was still increasing.
In June, the Delta outbreak was evident at it produced more than 3,000 patients including nine deaths. The city has been already under lockdown for more than five weeks yet the numbers are increasing.
The officials have reported that 170 new cases have been found in the largest city of the country, Sydney. To help with the restriction more tightly, the military is deployed.
However, many have raised a question against this, whether it is necessary or not? Some even called it a ‘Heavy Handed’ step towards the citizen.
The lockdown is extended to 28th August and the citizen are strictly ordered to stay at home. The people are allowed to go out only for essential needs, caregiving. Grocery shopping purposes and also, not so frequently.
This weekend, the military will go for training and steps to secure and handle situations. From Monday, they will start patrolling in the different parts of the city to ensure nobody is going out for no reason.
They will also join the police in the crucial hotspots to ensure that everything is under control. The rules should be strictly followed, even the travel limit with a distance of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
State Police Minister David Elliott said it would help because a small minority of Sydney-
siders thought “the rules didn’t apply to them”.
The health official and experts are saying that the virus only spread through a permitted movement. The spread is greater when it comes to the poorer people and ethnically diverse people from the west and suburbs.
The local Mayor said, “Our people are one of the poorest demographics, and as it is, they already feel picked on and marginalized." He further added, “They can’t afford to pay the mortgage, the rent, the food, or work. Now to throw out the army to enforce lockdown on the streets are going to be a huge issue to these people.”
Australia’s rate of vaccination is only 17% of the adult population and remains one of the lowest among OECD nations. The rate of vaccination and infections are inversely proportional and so the increase of vaccine will eventually reduce the spread.