Sydney extends coronavirus lockdown by four weeks, Phuket sandbox at risk

The Australian city of Sydney extended its lockdown by four weeks on Wednesday after an already protracted stay-at-home order failed to douse a Covid-19 outbreak, with the authorities warning of tougher policing to stamp out non-compliance.Far from a planned exit from lockdown in three days, the city of 5 million people and neighbouring regional centres spanning 200km (120 miles) of coastline were told to stay home until August 28 following persistently high case numbers since a flare-up of the…