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Soldiers patrol Sydney, Brisbane extends curbs

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SYDNEY: Troops hit Sydney’s streets on Monday to help enforce its prolonged lockdown, as stay-at-home orders in Australia’s third-largest city Brisbane were extended to curb a worsening outbreak.

About 300 Australian Defence Force personnel will be deployed to the country’s largest city after New South Wales state police requested military help to enforce Covid-19 rules.

Authorities have been struggling to stop the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant in Sydney—and ensure that residents follow containment rules—with more than 3,600 cases recorded since mid-June.

With thousands of close contacts of Covid cases told to test and stay at home for 14 days, police said they lacked the manpower to make sure everyone was complying.

Troops are expected to help police deliver food parcels, conduct “welfare door-knocks” and check people are compl

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