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.