SYDNEY, Australia — Australia confronted a grim and anxiety-inducing problem on Monday: simultaneous outbreaks of the coronavirus in a number of elements of the nation, most notably in Sydney, fueled by the unfold of the extremely infectious Delta variant.

In Sydney, which has gone into at the least a two-week lockdown, circumstances grew by 18 on Monday and now stand at 130. It’s the worst outbreak Sydney has seen since final yr.

Different states throughout Australia additionally reported a handful of latest circumstances, threatening the nation’s profitable management of a virus that has ravaged many international locations far worse.

Restrictions have been toughened, with lockdowns in Perth and Darwin, together with Sydney.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosted a uncommon night information convention Monday to announce an enlargement of Australia’s lagging vaccination program after an emergency cupboard assembly.

“We’ve received to hold in there,” Mr. Morrison stated. “We don’t have a selection. The pandemic continues to be upon us.”

The outbreak continues to be extraordinarily delicate by world requirements — nobody has died from Covid in Australia since final yr. However well being officers anticipate case numbers to extend over the approaching days because the Delta variant spreads by way of shut contacts. Tens of hundreds of Australians rushed to get examined for Covid on Monday after greater than 300 places round Sydney had been recognized as websites of concern, visited by individuals who had been infectious.

A whole main college — college students and workers members — was required to isolate at house for 14 days after a couple of circumstances emerged there, and phone tracers are nonetheless including circumstances to the whole from a hair salon the place 900 purchasers handed by way of whereas workers had been contagious.

Officers are additionally encouraging everybody who’s eligible for a vaccine to line up for one — and that group has been expanded. Mr. Morrison introduced Monday night time that AstraZeneca doses, which had been restricted to folks 60 or older, could be made out there to any age group keen to simply accept the minor risk of blood clotting, after consulting with a physician.

He additionally introduced that vaccines could be made necessary for staff who look after the aged and people working with worldwide vacationers and other people in quarantine. The present outbreak started almost two weeks in the past with an airport limousine driver who had not been vaccinated.

In Sydney, Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of the state of New South Wales, stated the vaccines supply an necessary net of safety, noting that she requested further doses from the federal authorities. Within the meantime, she stated, residents of Sydney specifically should keep house.

“We’re eager to not have folks transfer round,” she stated.

Two males in Sydney didn’t appear to understand that advice and ended up offering simply the type of distraction that Australians maybe wanted within the midst of the unhealthy information. They had been caught within the woods of a nationwide park, the place they fled after a deer startled them out of their bare sunbathing on a secluded seaside.

The stay-at-home orders launched on Saturday did enable for train. Fleeing wildlife nude didn’t qualify. Each males, who weren’t recognized, acquired fines of 1,000 Australian {dollars} ($758). Mick Fuller, the New South Wales police commissioner, was not happy.

“It’s tough to legislate towards idiots,” Commissioner Fuller stated at a information convention in Sydney on Monday.

He stated the lawbreakers had been amongst 44 folks fined on Monday. Most of them weren’t sporting masks.

Mr. Fuller known as the sunbathers ordeal “embarrassing.” However in a second marked by rising anger on the authorities for failing to purchase and distribute extra vaccines, when Australia’s largest metropolis stands to see its financial system lose a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} from a lockdown, the information of a free-spirited buck bare couple fleeing a buck — or was it a doe? — allowed for, properly, one thing to smile about.

Some folks wrote poetry impressed by the deer incident. Others remarked that it clearly confirmed the paternalism of their nation’s political class.

The information additionally traveled shortly throughout the nation to Western Australia the place the state premier, Mark McGowan, who lately closed his state’s borders to anybody from New South Wales, made clear that it was a Sydney factor.

“It wouldn’t occur right here in W.A.,” he stated. He added: “I hope the deer’s okay.”

The 2 males had been discovered by emergency responders, individually, on Sunday night time, at about 6 p.m. after one in all them known as for assist, in accordance with a police statement. It had been a unseasonably heat winter day in Sydney, with pristine blue skies underneath a glowing solar. As soon as it set at 5 p.m., although, the temperature dropped to simply over 50 levels Fahrenheit.

One of many males, 30, was discovered close to a distant street in Royal Nationwide Park merely with a backpack. The opposite, 49, was partially clothed. They appeared to have violated the general public well being orders by leaving house for leisure.