The latest: Australia’s city widens blockage as clusters grow

The latest: Australia’s city widens blockage as clusters grow

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Peter Dutton said he was quarantining at home in Brisbane and would attend Parliament remotely. He said in a statement he has tested negative but must quarantine because of a virus cluster at his sons’ school. Dutton was infected with the coronavirus in March 2020 during a trip to Washington, D.C. He has since been fully vaccinated.

Brisbane and several surrounding municipalities in Queensland state were due to end a three-day lockdown on Tuesday. But the Queensland government on Monday announced the extension after 13 locally acquired infections of the highly contagious delta variant were detected in the latest 24-hour period. Australia’s largest city, Sydney, and surrounding cities in New South Wales state are in their sixth week of lockdown. The New South Wales government on Monday reported 207 new locally acquired infections. Lawmakers who attend Parliament in person face daily saliva tests for COVID-19, must wear masks and must practice social distancing.

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— World’s refugees have been pushed to back of the line amid vaccine shortages — End of US eviction moratorium will bring more cases to housing courts and lock more tenants out of homes — Florida broke its record for current hospitalizations set more than a year ago before vaccines were available

— Thousands protest Germany’s anti-virus measures, leading to clashes and detention of some 600 protesters — Find more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___

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