Sydney Records Deadliest Day of COVID-19 Pandemic

Sydney, Australia’s most populous city, has recorded its deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday.

Hundreds of unarmed military soldiers were deployed across Sydney in a last-ditch effort to contain a “disturbing” number of infections.

Sydney is the epicenter of Australia’s third coronavirus pandemic, which threatens to plunge the country’s A$2 trillion (US$1.5 trillion) economy into its second recession in as many years.

Premier of New South Wales (NSW) Gladys Berejiklian said seven individuals have died from COVID-19 in the preceding 24 hours, breaking the state’s previous record set earlier this month. 

Berejiklian also said that NSW had reported 478 infections, the greatest one-day increase since the pandemic began.

“Our community transmission numbers are disturbingly high,” Berejiklian told local reporters.

“Every death is a person who has loved ones, who has died in tragic circumstances, and our heartfelt condolences to all of those loved ones and families,” the Premier added.

Meanwhile, people in Melbourne will be subjected to a nightly curfew and a two-week lockdown due to an outbreak of the virus.

“We are at a tipping point. There is simply no option today but to further strengthen this lockdown,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

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