Coronavirus: Delta surge swamps Sydney; Philippines denies money stolen from US$1 billion pandemic fund


Australian police hiked fines for people breaking lockdown rules in Sydney and the rest of its home state on Saturday and strict stay-at-home orders were extended statewide amid a record jump in daily new Covid-19 infections.State police will fine up to A$5,000 (US$3,700) anyone breaching stay-at-home orders or for lying to contract-tracing officials, said state Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Previously breaching quarantine orders had carried a A$1,000 fine.“We have to accept that this is the…

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