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Australia races to stem COVID-19 outbreaks in Sydney, Melbourne

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By Renju Jose SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian officials urged people to obey lockdown measures that cover around 40% of the country’s population as an outbreak of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant again picked up pace on Friday. Daily new infections in New South Wales, where the outbreak began about a month ago, rose after a dip a day earlier, while new cases across the border in Victoria remained steady. Total infections since the first was detected in mid-June, in a Sydney limousine driver transporting overseas airline crews, now stand at more than 1,000. Despite Sydney heading into…

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