Some 1,000 police officers are on standby in Sydney to respond to any anti-lockdown demonstrators after a violent protest last weekend, said New South Wales state Deputy Police Commissioner Michael Willing. He said 85 people had been charged over last weekend’s event.
Queensland’s lockdown covers the most populous area of the state’s southeast and takes affect at 4 p.m. local time, according to state Deputy Premier Steven Miles.
The lockdown is due to last three days and will force the cancellation of matches in the Australian Football League and the National Rugby League, which had been relocated to Queensland because of the impact of the virus elsewhere.
Sydney’s outbreak has put the city into a lockdown that will be implemented for at least nine weeks. It was extended this week for a third time, until Aug. 28. There have been 3,190 locally acquired cases reported in the current Sydney outbreak since mid June.
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