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Sydney lockdown fines raised as Australia faces ‘worst’ COVID-19 situation

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By Paulina Duran SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia will increase fines to people breaching lockdown rules in the state of New South Wales as it battles a record jump in local COVID-19 infections and Sydney, the state capital, heads into its eighth week of lockdown, officials said on Saturday. Locally transmitted infections jumped by 466 over the previous 24 hours in the country’s most populous state, where police will fine people up to A$5,000 ($3,700) “on the spot” for breaching stay-at-home orders or for lying to contract-tracing officials, said state Premier Gladys Berejiklian. “We have to accept…

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