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Despite lockdown Australia sees jump in Covid-19 cases

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Australia's two largest states have reported sharp increases in new Covid-19 cases, a blow to hopes that lockdown restrictions would be lifted with more than half the country's population under stay-at-home orders.

New South Wales (NSW) state, home to the country's most populous city Sydney, logged 110 new cases, up from 78 the day before, nearly four weeks into a lockdown of the city and surrounding areas to contain an outbreak of the virulent Delta variant.

Victoria state clocked 22 new cases, from nine the day before, its biggest increase since the outbreak began this month, as it nears its second week of state wide lockdown. "Had we not gone into the lockdown a few weeks ago, the 110 number today would undoubtedly have been thousands

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