Australia cases hit new record as ‘reopening’ debate heats up

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MELBOURNE, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Australia logged a record 1,323 local COVID-19 cases on Sunday as debate rages on whether the country should start living with the virus in the community, after initially being successful with suppressing coronavirus.

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Australia’s most populous state New South Wales (NSW), the epicentre of the nation’s Delta-fuelled outbreak, reported 1,218 cases as authorities there are set to slightly ease restrictions after nine weeks in lockdown. The lockdown is scheduled to last until the end of September.

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NSW state Premier Gladys Berejiklian vowed to reopen the state once 70% of those 16 and older get vaccinated.


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