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Delta Placing Australia’s Covid-Zero Strategy at Breaking Point

  • Melbourne, Canberra extend their lockdowns for 2 more weeks
  • Second-largest city introduces curfew to deter non-compliance
A quiet street in Sydney’s central business district on Aug. 14.

A quiet street in Sydney’s central business district on Aug. 14.

Photographer: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

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Australian authorities are ramping up lockdown restrictions and extending stay-at-home orders in a bid to beat down a spread in the delta-variant that’s creating the nation’s most serious Covid-19 crisis since the pandemic began.