Australia was initially praised for its response to the pandemic, but a second surge began creeping through Victoria last month and reaching parts of neighboring New South Wales, the country’s most populous state.
New South Wales officials have said they would likely introduce new restrictions but stop short of imposing a strict lockdown.
“But the pandemic has put those gains at risk.”He added that vaccines can still be administered during the pandemic.
Some are reluctant to leave home, some face restrictions on movement, interruptions to transportation, economic hardships and the fear of exposure to the coronavirus.
It also noted that many health workers have been redeployed to work on the pandemic, as well as a lack of protective equipment.