Australia's daily COVID-19 cases hit record

Australia's COVID-19 cases spiked to a new record high on Sunday, with over 900 cases, most of them were locally acquired infections, in the most populous state, New South Wales.

The rise in case numbers came despite increasing containment efforts to slow the spread of the highly infectious delta variant.

Health minister Brad Hazzard warned that the growth in case numbers doesn't seem to be slowing:

"The cases at the moment are not jumping up in the sense of exponentially, they are up, they are up quite substantially in the last few days. But just in the last two days, of course."

The government announced late last month a plan that uses lockdowns as a key strategy to quell outbreaks until 70% percent of the population gets vaccinated.

Currently, around just 30% of Australians older than 16 have been fully vaccinated.

That's according to health ministry data on Saturday.

This weekend also saw clashes between anti-lockdown protesters and police in the country's two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.

Hundreds were arrested and seven police were hospitalised.

Australia is battling its third wave of infections, which began in Sydney in mid-June.

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