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Australia’s east coast battles rising COVID-19 cases

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By Lidia Kelly MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Australia’s east coast states of New South Wales and Queensland faced an escalating battle against the COVID-19 Delta variant on Sunday, with millions under strict lockdown and authorities urging more testing and vaccinations to rein in the outbreaks. Sydney and its surroundings, under a stay-at-home order for five weeks already, reported 239 new locally acquired cases of the highly infectious Delta strain, matching the record daily number in the current outbreak that was reported on Thursday. The city’s 5 million residents and those in neighbouring regional…

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