Australia reports first COVID death of 2021 amid growing cases
Australian officials on Sunday announced the country's first COVID-related death this year, and a record 77 new daily cases of the virus in New South Wales, Reuters reports.
Why it matters: Australia has generally fared better in controlling the virus than many developed countries. But it's had a harder time combating the highly-infectious Delta variant, amid a slow vaccine rollout, Reuters writes.
Details: The death, which is the first from a locally-acquired infection since December, was a woman in her 90s. It comes amid a growing number of infections for the already-locked-down nation.
- The country recorded its previous 2021 record high infections — 50 cases — on Saturday.
- "I'll be shocked if it's less than 100 this time tomorrow, of additional new cases," said State Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
What's next: The city was supposed to come out of its three-week lockdown on July 16, but Berejiklian told reporters "everybody can tell it's highly unlikely at this stage."