Streets deserted in Sydney in lockdown measure

The Australian state of New South Wales on Saturday imposed stricter measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus after reporting 111 new cases and one death.

Health officials said a Sydney man in his 80s had died of the virus in the past 24 hours.

Sydney and surrounding communities in New South Wales are entering their fourth week in lockdown as the state tries to stop the spread of the virus.

Talking to reporters on Saturday, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced new, stricter, restrictions which are set to take effect from midnight on Saturday until July 30.

They include a ban on residents in the Sydney suburbs of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool travelling outside their areas unless they work in health or the emergency services.

Berejiklian also said throughout Sydney "non-critical" retail businesses will be closed and there will be a pause on constructions large and small.

The state premier acknowledged the anger the new restrictions may cause but stressed they were the "right decisions" to make.

"We want to get out of this as quickly as possible," she added.

(Source: AP)

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