Australia’s Victoria reports rise in local COVID-19 cases amid lockdown


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SYDNEY — Australia’s Victoria state reported 26 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, up from 22 a day earlier, as the state neared a week into a hard lockdown imposed to contain an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta virus strain.

All new cases are linked to the current outbreak, the state’s health department said. Twenty-four cases were in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period. (Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)