Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 202,872,000 with over 4,297,000 deaths and over 143,933,000 recoveries reported.
Australia has reported over 300 daily new cases of Covid-19 as the seven-day rolling average of cases continues to rise.
Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, reported 283 new daily confirmed cases as infections spread from Sydney to regional areas on the East coast.
In response to a sharp rise in local transmissions, authorities have imposed strict lockdown measures upon millions of people, including military patrols in western regions of Sydney.
Australia’s largest outbreak so far this year has been driven by a low vaccination rate and the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant.
China has reported 125 new daily confirmed cases as local transmissions of the highly contagious Delta variant continue to challenge the country’s ‘zero-covid’ strategy.
Over the course of the last week, officials have achieved their goal of testing the entirety of Wuhan’s population of 11 million, and similar mass-testing programmes are planned in other regions.
Authorities have cancelled most domestic flights and rail networks between major cities, and plan to introduce stricter overseas travel restrictions on China’s 1.5 billion population.
Despite the success of China’s vaccination program, the Delta variant poses a dangerous threat to the world’s second-largest economy.
Ollie Whittingham, Intern at GlobalData Plc.