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Sydney to face prolonged COVID-19 lockdown amid record 2021 cases

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By Renju Jose SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australian authorities on Friday pleaded with Sydney residents to stay at home, warning a three week lockdown may be extended as they struggle to control a COVID-19 outbreak, with the city reporting its the biggest rise in local cases for the year. Hundreds of extra police patrolled parts of Sydney to enforce the city’s lockdown orders imposed to stamp out an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant which now has a total of more than 400 cases. “New South Wales (state) is facing the biggest challenge we have faced since the pandemic started,” state Premie…

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