Rain-sodden Sydney ends lockdown after 106 days

Sydneysiders wake to a cold and wet morning as the city reopens following 106 days of lockdown, in Sydney, Australia. – EPA PIC

SYDNEY: Elated Sydneysiders defied grey skies and drizzle to celebrate the end of almost four months of lockdown on Monday, hoping to put behind them a period of “blood, sweat and no beers” in Australia’s largest city.

Sydney’s more than five million residents have been subjected to a 106-day lockdown, designed to limit the march of the highly transmissible Delta variant.

With new infections now falling – New South Wales state recorded 496 cases on Monday – and more than 70 percent of over-16s double vaccinated, the city is dusting off the cobwebs.

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