COVID's dangerous 'Delta variant' enters Australia

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A much more contagious variant of the coronavirus is spreading around the world, and the city of Sydney has recently become the epicenter of this so-called Delta variant's entrance into Australia.

1. Map zoom from global to local, Bondi Beach in Sydney
2. Sydney suburb street, patient stretchered to ambulance, police tell people to get in their houses
3. At airport, air crew walks to limo driver, covid cloud around their heads affects driver
4. Covid cloud from air crew infects driver, driver seen walking in mall with covid cloud around his head
5. Driver with covid cloud in clothing store, man walks through covid cloud, gets infected
6. Old lady drinks coffee at pavement table, infected driver enters shop, his covid cloud infects the old lady

VOICEOVER (in English):
Reuters reports that much of Sydney went into a one-week lockdown on Saturday 26 June, as authorities struggle to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 in the city.

The Australian Medical Association said the move was not enough and called for a complete city lockdown.

Only 65 cases had been reported by Saturday but doctors say they want to make sure the spike does not get out of hand and swamp hospitals.

The new panic started on 15 June when a saliva test showed that an airport limo driver had contracted the highly contagious variant.

He then passed the variant to others, and in two of these cases, the moment of transmission was caught on CCTV.

Footage shows a man in his 50s caught the virus by merely passing through the airspace of the infected driver in a Bondi clothing store.

A woman in her 70s also caught the variant by simply sitting outside a coffee shop when the driver was inside the coffee shop.

Experts say the Delta variant seems to linger in the air for a period of time, and can infect people who merely breathe in the same air.

SOURCES: Reuters, BBC, The Guardian