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Australians may face longer lockdown after mass protest

Australia's New South Wales logged its second-highest daily increase of the year in locally acquired Covid-19 cases amid fears of a wave of new infections after thousands of people joined an anti-lockdown protest.

"In relation to yesterday's protests, can I say how absolutely disgusted I was. It broke my heart," Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of the country's most populous state, told the media.

"I hope it won't be a setback, but it could be," she said.

There were 141 Covid-19 cases reported, down from 163 a day earlier.

The outbreak, which began in June, is being driven by the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus, and has now infected 2,081 people in New South Wales.

There are 43 people in intensive care, up from 37 a day earlier.

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Australia's New South Wales logged its second-highest daily increase of the year in locally acquired Covid-19 cases amid fears of a wave of new infections after thousands of people joined an anti-lockdown protest.
Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Australia's two largest cities on Saturday, with several arrested in Sydney after violent clashes with police.

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