Sydney lockdown extended for four more weeks Jul 29, 2021 0 258 12345 dpa Sydney The coronavirus lockdown in Australia’s Sydney is being extended for four more weeks until August 28.New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the extension in a press conference on Wednesday. The measures apply to Sydney and its surrounding areas.The state recorded 177 new cases from more than 94,000 tests in its latest daily tally, New South Wales Health announced.Australia virtually eliminated Covid-19 last year thanks to extremely strict rules but is now being hampered by the slow roll-out of vaccines across the country.The vaccine campaign has been hindered by low supply of the Pfizer vaccine and conflicting advice about who should receive the AstraZeneca jab.New South Wales, which has recorded just over 8,000 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, has administered around 3.5 million vaccine doses so far.Berejiklian urged all those eligible to get vaccinated and warned the public there would be a stepped up police presence to ensure compliance with lockdown rules over the coming weeks.There has been frustration over the tough travel restrictions, with Australia’s borders largely closed since March 2020.In the country of 25 million, around 33,000 cases have been confirmed nationwide, and around 900 people have died in connection with Covid-19. Around 11 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide.Restrictions in place for almost two weeks in the state of Victoria and its capital Melbourne were largely lifted at midnight, while South Australia and its capital Adelaide also ended a week of measures on Wednesday. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Woman jailed in UK for stealing gems, leaving pebbles instead Jul 29, 2021 0 408 England to scrap quarantine for fully jabbed EU and US visitors Jul 29, 2021 0 261 Australian seriously injured by shark while deep-sea fishing Jul 29, 2021 0 32 US, Russia kick off new arms control talks dpa Geneva/Moscow The US and Russia launched a new round of arms control talks on Wednesday, as the deputy foreign ministers of the two nuclear powers met in Geneva. Russia’s Sergei Ryabkov and his US counterpart, Wendy .. Eyeing Taliban, Russia ups ‘combat potential’ at Central Asian bases Moscow Russia is strengthening the “combat potential” of its bases in the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan as the situation in Afghanistan seems increasingly dire, said Defence Minister Sergei .. Turkey dismisses EU threats over reopening of North Cyprus resort dpa Istanbul Turkey has condemned EU threats to sanction the country over plans to push ahead with a reopening of the largely abandoned North Cyprus resort Varosha, a move that has angered the island’s Greek community. ..