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Australia extends COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne for seven days

FILE PHOTO: The first day of a COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities on Wednesday extended a lockdown in Melbourne for another seven days until Aug. 19 as authorities fight to get on top of the highly infectious Delta variant.

“If we were to open, then we would see cases akin to what is happening, tragically, in Sydney right now,” Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.

(Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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