Lockdown in Brisbane extended as army patrols Sydney to enforce COVID curbs
- Brisbane lockdown extended until Sunday, was due to expire Aug 3
- New South Wales records 207 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours
- Army patrols Sydney to enforce stay-at-home restrictions
SYDNEY, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Australia’s Queensland state on Monday extended a COVID-19 lockdown in Brisbane, while soldiers began patrolling Sydney to enforce stay-at-home rules as Australia struggles to stop the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus spreading.
Queensland said it had detected 13 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours – the biggest one-day rise the state has recorded in a year. The lockdown of Brisbane, Australia’s third-biggest city, was due to end on Tuesday but will now stay in place until late on Sunday.
“It’s starting to become clear that the initial lockdown…