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Australia sees COVID-19 cases climb, police warn against protest repeat

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By Renju Jose and Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia’s most populous state reported a rise in new COVID-19 cases on Monday despite a weeks-long stay-at-home order, while police vowed to crack down on any repeat of a wild anti-lockdown protest at the weekend. New South Wales, which has had more than 5 million people in Sydney city under lockdown for a month, reported 145 new cases of the virus, from 141 a day earlier, as it struggles to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant. Of particular concern, 51 of those newly diagnosed were active in the community before testing p…

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