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Irish in Australia facing further stay-at-home orders over outbreaks of Delta variant

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Australia was once envied for its return to normal life as other western nations struggled with devastating waves and lengthy lockdowns during the pandemic.

The country used tough restrictions and a strong contact tracing team to stamp out the virus. However, as Europe sets out its path to reopening, around 40% of Australia's population is under stay-at-home orders due to outbreaks of the Delta variant.

The largely Covid-free nation has seen almost 1,000 cases nationwide recently. The streets of two of Australia’s biggest cities are quiet again as residents adapt to life under tough restrictions once more.

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