|Pedestrians cross a street in the city centre, as the state of New South Wales surpasses the 90 percent double-dose coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination target for its population aged 16 and over, in Sydney, Australia, November 9, 2021. (Photo by= Reuters/Loren Elliott)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] SYDNEY: Australia's New South Wales state, home to Sydney and a third of Australia's 25 million population, will reinstate restrictions including shutting nightclubs and canceling non-urgent surgeries because of record COVID-19 infections, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Friday (Jan 7), Reuters reported.
The measures are expected to be approved by the state government's economic recovery committee on Friday in a bid to ease pressure on hospitals, the report said, citing senior government sources. Cafes and restaurants will have capacity limits and all patrons must be seated while singing and dancing at pubs will be banned, the newspaper said. Restrictions will be branded as safety measures rather than a lockdown.
New South Wales, the worst-affected Australian state from the fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant, has registered record daily infections over the past few days. The surge is overwhelming its testing facilities, emergency services, and hospitals. People admitted to New South Wales hospitals with COVID-19 have nearly doubled to a record 1,609 in just over a week. There were around 150 daily cases in the state in late November when the first Omicron case was detected. That shot up to 35,000 on Thursday.