COVID-19 Update, July 2021

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27 July 2021
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COVID-19 Update – July 27, 2021

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Victoria will come out of lockdown tonight but some restrictions will remain in place after the third day in a row with no cases infectious in the community.

Victoria recorded 10 cases overnight all linked to existing cases and all in isolation.

The new settings will see schools reopen and an end to the 5km travel limit.

Public gatherings will be limited to ten, funerals and weddings will be limited to 50.

Community sport and gyms will reopen, hospitality businesses will be subject to strict density limits, masks would be required inside and outdoors, offices would return to 25 per cent capacity.

Home visit will still be banned for two more weeks.

There will be no crowds at large events, including football matches.

Victoria will tighten rules around border crossing for permitted workers and establish additional testing requirements in a bid to stop further incursions.

There were no new cases in hotel quarantine and there are currently 188 active cases in Victoria. Health authorities received 24,340 tests on Monday and delivered 15,677 vaccine doses.

NSW recorded 172 cases of community transmitted COVID-19 overnight, 60 of them infectious in the community, the highest number since the start of this outbreak.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian foreshadowed tougher lockdown measures in coming days.

More than 84,000 tests were returned in NSW yesterday.

There were two more deaths from COVID-19 overnight, two women in their eighties who were not vaccinated, taking the total in this outbreak to ten.

Queensland has recorded no new COVID-19 cases overnight after 13,081 tests.

A fully vaccinated man who recently returned from China and who developed the disease after being released from hotel quarantine reported yesterday has been linked to another case in quarantine.

South Australia also recorded no new cases.

 

COVID-19 Update – July 26, 2021

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Victorians are likely to be released from strict lockdown at 11.59pm tomorrow, Premier Daniel Andrews has said, but some restrictions will remain in place until the Delta outbreak is fully extinguished.

Victoria recorded 11 new COVID-19 cases overnight, all linked to existing cases and all in isolation during their infectious periods.

There are now 190 active cases of coronavirus in Victoria with 25,404 tests carried out yesterday.

The list of official exposure sites currently sits at 385 after almost reaching 400 a few days ago.

NSW recorded 145 cases of community transmitted COVID-19 overnight, 51 of them infectious in the community.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the next few days would indicate how long Sydney’s lock down would last as it enters its sixth week. 

More than 98,000 tests were returned in NSW yesterday.

There were two deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend, including that of a woman in her 30s who was an overseas student from Brazil.

Queensland has recorded one new case, a fully vaccinated man who recently returned from China and who has developed the disease after being released from hotel quarantine.

South Australia is poised to come out of lockdown tomorrow after no new cases were reported overnight.

COVID-19 Update – July 23, 2021

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Victoria has recorded 14 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 overnight, 10 of whom were already in isolation and all of which are linked to current outbreaks.

One case as a nurse working at Monash Health who it is believed did not come in contact with patients.

NSW has declared a ‘national emergency’ in south-western Sydney after it recorded 136 new local cases in NSW, with 53 infectious in the community, and one more death – that of an 89-year-old women.

The NSW Chief Health Officer is urging people to get the AstraZeneca vaccine   

Queensland recorded one new locally-acquired case, a flight attendant who had flown between Brisbane, Longreach, Gladstone and Hervey Bay.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds overnight.

COVID-19 Update – July 22, 2021

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Victoria has recorded 26 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 overnight, 24 of which were already in isolation and all of which are linked to current outbreaks.

There were two new cases in hotel quarantine after 43,674 tests were returned yesterday and 14,230 vaccines administered. There are now 146 active cases in the state.

Victorian health authorities have identified more than a dozen new COVID-19 exposure sites, bringing the state’s total to 377.

NSW reported has 124 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases overnight, 48 of whom were active in the community while infectious. 67 were link to known clusters.

More than 85,000 tests were carried out and there are now 1,648 cases linked to this latest outbreak. 

There are 118 people I hospital, 28 in ICU and 14 on ventilators but none of the people in ICU have had two doses of a vaccine.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said case numbers would continue to rise before they fell.

COVID cases in South Australia have jumped from six to 12 and Queensland is to close its border with NSW tonight.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the lockdowns now in place across NSW, Victoria and South Australia are costing the economy $300m a day.

COVID-19 Update – July 21, 2021

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Victoria has recorded 22 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 overnight all of which are linked to current outbreaks.

There was one new case in hotel quarantine after 59,355 tests were returned yesterday and 18,099 vaccines administered. There are now 118 active cases in the state.

Victoria has reintroduced a hard border with NSW not seen since New Year

NSW recorded 110 new local COVID-19 cases overnight, 43 of whom were active in the community. More than 84,000 people were tested in NSW yesterday.

There are 106 people in hospital, 26 in ICU and 11 on ventilators.

New modelling shows Sydney’s lockdown may have to continue until September.

Orange, in central western NSW, has introduced a week-long lockdown after a COVID positive truck driver from Sydney visited several sites in the city.

Queensland has recorded no new, locally acquired cases of COVID-19. Just one case was detected in hotel quarantine.

There are 31 active cases of coronavirus across the state after 12,876 tests yesterday.

One new case was recorded in Adelaide which now has 50 exposure sites.

COVID-19 Update – July 20, 2021

Victoria will remain lockdown for at least another week as the state recorded 13 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 overnight, four of which were revealed yesterday.

There are now 85 cases in total, with three in hospital.

All cases are so far linked to current outbreaks except one, which remains under investigation. Two cases were detected in hotel quarantine. There are currently 18,000 primary close contacts across the state.

There are now 14 cases linked to the MCG outbreak and nine at Trinity Grammar.

There are no new cases reported in Mildura, after a second case was reported yesterday.

There were 49,454 coronavirus tests yesterday and there are now 320 exposure sites.

NSW has seen a 5th death from COVID-19 and 78 new cases, 27 of whom were active in the community. There were 63,000 tests returned yesterday.             

Queensland has recorded one new locally-acquired case of COVID which is not linked to the two Delta clusters that sparked ongoing mask restrictions in the state.

The woman, who was at the Young and Jackson’s exposure site in Melbourne, was infectious in the community for several days, with exposure sites to be listed on the Sunshine Coast. She also travelled to Cairns and Mareeba in North Queensland.

The woman was fully vaccinated with both doses of Pfizer.

SA has reported a fourth case sparking a week-long lockdown from 6pm tonight. Non-essential retail stores will close their doors, schools will be closed and there will be a pause on construction sites.

Eight members of a cargo ship docked in Perth have tested positive to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update – July 19, 2021

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Victoria has recorded 12 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19. There were 13 in total, including a man from Mildura, which was reported yesterday. There are now 81 active cases in the state.

Reports say the current lockdown, due to end on Tuesday, will be extended.

The Victorian Department of Health says all of the new cases are linked to current outbreaks. There was just one case detected in hotel quarantine.

There were 54,839 coronavirus tests carried out yesterday.

NSW has reported 98 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases with 20 of them infectious in the community.

Fifty-four cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 17 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period.

It comes after the state recorded 105 new, locally acquired cases of COVID-19 yesterday and one death.

Queensland recorded no new cases.

COVID-19 Update – July 16, 2021

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Victoria has recorded six new cases of COVID-19 after going into a five day hard lockdown from midnight last night after two new chains of infection originating in NSW were detected.

The six cases are all linked to existing outbreaks.

Ten locally acquired cases were formally reported today, but four of those were revealed yesterday.

There are now 36 active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria. There were 33,129 tests returned yesterday and 17,188 vaccine doses administered.

The restrictions mean there are again only five reasons to leave your home. They are: shopping for food and supplies within the 5-kilometre radius, one person per household, once per day; exercise (up to two hours, with one other person or members of your household); compassionate care, caregiving and medical reasons; authorised work, or; to get vaccinated.

Retail has closed except for food and pharmaceuticals, hospitality is take-away only and gyms, pools and entertainment venues have closed. Schools have returned to remote learning. A 5km travel limit applies and all the restrictions also apply to regional Victoria.

Masks must be worn indoors and outside when it is impossible to keep a 1.5m distance from others. 

NSW reported 97 new cases of community transmission of COVID-19 with 29 of the cases active in the community for two or more days. Cases have been reported in hospitals.

More than 77,500 tests were returned yesterday.

Queensland has recorded only one new locally acquired case on Friday – the mother of a 12-year-old boy who had previously tested positive to COVID-19. Queensland has closed its border with Victoria.

Eleven Brisbane local government areas are subject to mask wearing orders.    

COVID-19 Update – July 15, 2021

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Victoria will go into a five day hard lockdown from midnight tonight after 18 cases of COVID-19 have resulted from two recent outbreaks.

Two more cases were detected this afternoon – an additional case from the MCG and a personal contact of a resident of the Maribyrnong apartment block.

The transmission of the virus at the football match at the MCG on July 10 is a particular cause of concern.

The restrictions will be identical to the recent two week lockdown with all but essential workers to stay home.

There are just five reasons to leave home: shopping, essential care, exercise, health care reasons or to get tested. 

Retail will close, hospitality will be take away only and gyms, pools and entertainment venues will close. School will go to remote learning. A 5km travel restriction will apply.

There are seven rings of contract tracing around the two new chains of transmission which now number 18 cases.

There are now 75 exposure sites, 1500 primary close contacts, 5000 secondary close contacts and 6,500 Victorians in isolation.    

The list of high-risk exposure sites now includes more than 70 exposure sites including public transport routes, a CBD pub, the MCG, Highpoint Shopping Centre and DFO University Hill in Bundoora.

Victorian workers will be able to access federal income support – usually given after two weeks in lockdown – within five days.

Federal government sources have confirmed Victorian workers will be able to apply for the payments on day five of the lockdown, and payments will be made retrospectively.

NSW reported 65 new community cases with 28 who were infectious in the community. The result came after more than 58,000 tests.

Stay at home restrictions will stay in place in greater Sydney until at least July 30.

Queensland has recorded three new local COVID-19 cases. One case is a 12-year-old boy who completed hotel quarantine in Sydney a second is his father and the third was a vaccinated airport worker.

There are now 50 active cases in Queensland after 12,350 tests were conducted yesterday.

Eleven Brisbane local government areas are subject to mask wearing orders.    

COVID-19 Update – July 14, 2021

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Victoria has recorded eight new locally acquired COVID-19 cases overnight, seven linked to the apartment building in Maribyrnong and one who was a primary close contact of a known case who was in isolation for their infectious period.

Another case was detected in hotel quarantine.

One of the apartment block cases attended the Carlton vs Geelong AFL match at the MCG on July 10. Thousands of people who watched the game, particularly in the Members’ Reserve, will be required to get tested and isolate.

There were 33,037 coronavirus tests conducted yesterday.

NSW has reported 97 new local COVID-19 cases overnight, as Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced Greater Sydney’s lockdown would be extended until July 30.

Twenty-four of the cases have been active in the community. It is the second-highest daily figure recorded during Sydney’s ongoing outbreak.

There are now 71 COVID-19 patients in Sydney’s hospitals: the highest number so far during this outbreak. Of these cases, 20 are in ICU. One of the ICU patients is in their 20s, two are in their 30s, two are in their 40s, five are in their 50s, five are in their 60s, three are in their 70s and two are in their 80s.

COVID-19 Update – July 13, 2021

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Victoria recorded one new COVID-19 case overnight as residents of an apartment complex in Maribyrnong were told to quarantine for 14 days.

The new case is linked to a Victorian family of four in the City of Hume, in Melbourne’s north, and has been in isolation. Two of the family members were announced as positive coronavirus cases on Monday.

Three members of the family flew into Melbourne from Sydney on July 4 on a red permit, meaning they were required to self-isolate for 14 days and get tested, while a fourth drove back to Melbourne on July 8.

More than 23,400 tests were returned yesterday and 14,384 vaccines administered. There are 20 active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria.

NSW recorded 89 cases overnight, 21 of them infectious in them community and three quarters among close family contacts.

There were 49,055 tests returned in NSW but a man in his 70s from Sydney’s east has died from COVID-19. There are 65 people in hospital, 21 of them in intensive care.

A new relief package for businesses affected by COVID lockdowns.

COVID-19 Update – July 12, 2021

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Victoria has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the community and zero cases in hotel quarantine. There were 23,302 tests carried out yesterday.

It’s the 12th day in a row that Victoria has had no locally acquired cases.

Victoria is on high alert after a Sydney removalist visited multiple homes and travelled through the state while infectious.

The removalist stayed overnight in Victoria on Thursday, July 8, before driving to South Australia and later returning to NSW, where he tested positive to COVID-19 on Sunday.

Victoria has closed its border with NSW and ACT as the Delta variant outbreak there worsens with 112 cases reported overnight – most of them family members or close contacts of existing cases. 46 cases had been active in the community.

Of the 53 people are in hospital, 25 are under the age of 55 and 14 are under the age of 35. There are 18 people in intensive care units, four of whom are on ventilators.

A large number of the Sydney cases are in the Fairfield area.

There were 77 cases reported yesterday.

Queensland reported no new cases in the community.

COVID-19 Update – July 9, 2021

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Victoria has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the community for the ninth day in a row. There was just one case detected in hotel quarantine.

There were 25,590 coronavirus tests conducted in Victoria yesterday. There are 21 active cases of COVID-19 in the entire state.

NSW has reported 44 new cases of COVID-19 with 29 of them infectious in the community.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced more restrictions and foreshadowed a longer lockdown in the wake of the rising numbers, saying the NSW faces its biggest challenge since the pandemic began.

A strict stay-at-home order is now in place with 14 people in hospital with COVID, including seven under 35 years of age. One person under 20 is in intensive care.

Police have launched a major operation in south-west Sydney, sending in at least one hundred officers to enforce the stay-at-home orders in a desperate bid to lower the rates of transmission in a host of suburbs. There are now 7000 people in strict isolation in NSW.

Queensland recorded no new cases and there are now 45 active cases in the state after 14,543 tests overnight.

COVID-19 Update – July 8, 2021

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Victoria has recorded no new local COVID-19 cases for the eighth day in a row as the state prepares to ease restrictions allowing office workers to go mask-free.

The state also recorded no new cases in hotel quarantine in the 24 hours to midnight. There were 27,420 test results processed in the past 24 hours, and 15,875 people received a COVID vaccine.

NSW recorded 38 new cases of community transmission. Eighteen were in isolation for all of their infectious periods, 9 for part of their infectious period and 11 were in the community.

 

Large numbers of the infections were transmitted inside families or households and the virus is spreading geographically, health authorities said.

 

Forty people in NSW are in hospital with COVID, 11 in ICU and three on a ventilator.

 

Coronavirus restrictions will be eased in Melbourne at 11.59pm tonight, bringing the city into line with rules applying to regional Victoria.

 

Under the new ruled, mask-wearing will no longer be mandated in schools for students and staff or at workplaces where there is no public interaction, such as offices and factories.

They will still be required in indoor, public-facing settings and must be carried at all times.

Sports and entertainment venues will be allowed to welcome back crowds of up to 75 per cent capacity; up to 40,000 people in outdoor stadiums, and up to 2000 people in some theatres.

Density limits at hospitality venues, gyms, community facilities, creative studios and places of worship are being increased to one person per two square metres,

Queensland has recorded two new locally acquired cases of COVID.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Thursday both cases were detected in home quarantine, which they entered on July 2.

COVID-19 Update – July 7, 2021

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Victoria has recorded no new local cases of COVID-19 for seven consecutive days as coronavirus restrictions are being eased across the state.

Masks will no longer required in offices. Metropolitan density limits at venues, such as gyms, hospitality and places of worship, will also be reduced to one person per two square metres with no overarching cap provided there is someone ensuring people are checking-in to the venue.

Public events will also be allowed to have larger crowd numbers. Outdoor stadiums can operate at 75 per cent capacity up to 40,000 people. Indoor stadiums can operate at a 7500-person cap while theatres have a 2000-person cap.

Dancefloors will also be allowed to operate provided there is a COVID marshal. However, there can be no more than 50 people on the dancefloor at any time.

The new restrictions will be in place for two weeks.

There were 27,498 test results processed overnight, and more than 15,784 people received their vaccine doses.

Sydney will go into another week of lockdown after 27 more cases were reported today. Only 13 of them were in isolation. The result came after more than 45,000 tests.

Queensland has recorded just one new locally acquired case of COVID overnight.

The Victorian Government is advising Victorians not to travel to red and orange zones, which include greater Sydney and the ACT.

Large workplaces could begin vaccinating their own staff from September, as Woolworths offers to host pop-up clinics in the regions.

COVID-19 Update – July 6, 2021

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Victoria recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the community and just two in hotel quarantine. Those numbers are off the back of yesterday’s 22,149 coronavirus tests.

It’s the sixth day in a row that Victoria has recorded no locally acquired cases. There are now 25 active cases of COVID-19 across the state.

NSW recorded 18 new cases of community transmission, with 11 of them already in isolation. A third person at the Baulkam Hills nursing home tested positive.

Queensland recorded one new community case and five in Hotel quarantine. The new case was linked to a case reported yesterday and there are now 49 cases in the state.

The Australian Grand Prix is expected to be cancelled for the second year in a row as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Update – July 5, 2021

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There were no new local COVID-19 cases in Victoria over the past day and two in hotel quarantine – the fifth day in a row of no community transmission.

Queensland recorded four local transmissions and three in quarantine.

NSW recorded 35 new cases, 33 of them linked to existing cases, and two under investigation.

Authorities are concerned over the growing aged care outbreak in NSW. Five people have been transferred to hospital.

Sydneysiders are hoping for their city’s two-week lockdown to end on Friday. 

Selected GPs will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine from today. Around 500 clinics across the country (around 40 per cent of which are based in rural areas) can administer the jab, with an additional 800 general practices set to join them later in the month.

Melbourne CBD foot traffic levels reached over 80 per cent of pre-pandemic levels over the weekend.

COVID-19 Update – July 2, 2021

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Victoria has recorded no local COVID-19 cases overnight ahead of a meeting of National cabinet at which Premier Daniel Andrews will push for a slashing of arrivals.

There are three more cases in hotel quarantine after 24,726 coronavirus tests were carried out. There are now 32 active cases of COVID-19 across the state.

In NSW 31 new cases were reported after 74,000 tests. Twelve of the cases have been active in the community. There are now 172 cases in the outbreak with three in intensive care.

In Queensland Brisbane and Moreton Bay will remain in lockdown for another 24 hours after three new community transmission cases were reported.

Noosa, the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, the Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, the Somerset region and Townsville will come out of lockdown at 6pm.

WA reported no new COVID-19 cases and an announcement on the lifting of restrictions is due later today.

The Northern Territory also reported no new cases and lockdowns in Darwin and Alice Springs are expected to lift today.

In SA, the fourth child of the Tamani Mine worker who returned from the NT has tested positive, meaning all six of the family members are positive but in quarantine.    

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has outlined a four phase pathway out of the COVID-19 pandemic based on getting a to-be determined proportion of the Australian population vaccinated.

Phase 1

Termed ‘Vaccinate, Prepare, Plan’, phase 1 will see the implementation of: the national vaccine program, with one million doses delivered in the past 8 days and 3.5 million in the past month; a temporary reduction in the influx by half because of the risks associated with the virulence of the COVID-19 delta strain; more people arriving through the Howard Springs facility; lockdowns used only as a last resort; home quarantine for vaccinated returning travellers, and; preparations for the booster vaccine

Phase 2

This is the ‘Post Vaccine’ phase which will arrive when a to-be-determined proportion of the population (likely to be 80 per cent) is vaccinated.

It will see an easing of lockdowns and border closures as well as fewer restrictions on inbound caps for unvaccinated travellers and much larger caps of vaccinated inbound travellers.

It will also allow for more economic and student visa holders to arrive.

Phase 3

Termed ‘Consolidation’, this period will see COVID-19 managed like other infectious diseases such as the flu.

There will be no lockdowns, booster vaccinations underway, vaccinated residents exempt from all restrictions, including for travel.

Phase 4

This is the ‘Post Vaccination’ phase where life returns to near normal.

It would include more travel bubbles established with other countries.

The Prime Minister said the timeline on these phases would be determined by modelling indicating the level of population vaccine take up needed to safely open up.

 

COVID-19 Update – July 1, 2021

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Victoria has recorded no local COVID-19 cases overnight.

Two new community cases were reported in Queensland – one linked to the Portuguese restaurant outbreak and another who worked at the check-in counter at the international airport.

Another healthcare worker at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital has tested positive to COVID-19, among 24 new cases reported overnight. Almost 60,000 tests were returned.

It comes as more than a hundred patients and staff at two Sydney hospitals are in isolation after an unvaccinated student nurse who worked across multiple wards tested positive on Wednesday.

South Australia reported no new COVID-19 cases after the family of a miner who returned from the NT’s Tanami Mine all tested positive yesterday.

The NT reported one news case, a close contact of the original Tanami Mine case.

WA and SA both reported no new cases.

The row over the delivery of vaccines rolls on with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews backing the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine saying it was up to people to talk to their doctor and make a decision on whether they would like to receive the jab.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a new no-fault indemnity scheme on Monday that allows any Australian adult to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine if they give their consent.

COVID-19 Update – June 30, 2021

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Victoria has recorded one local COVID-19 cases, a primary close contact of an infected person already isolation. Another case was reported in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

Three new community cases were reported in Queensland – close contacts of existing cases already in quarantine bringing the number of active cases in the state to 42. More than 18,000 tests were returned.

South East Queensland Townsville and Magnetic Island went into a three day lockdown yesterday after four new community cases were reported.

NSW reported 22 new cases, half of them already in isolation, after more than 68,000 tests were returned. There are now 149 cases in the NSW cluster. Sydney’s two-week lock down continues.  

WA recorded one new case with three more in hotel quarantine as the lockdown there continues.

The NT recorded no new community cases.

But Alice Springs will go into a 72 hour lock down because a miner from the nearby Tanami Mine outbreak who passed through Alice Springs airport has likely rested positive to COVID after returning home to Adelaide.

The lockdown is designed to protect vulnerable indigenous communities in the area.

South Australia has reported five new cases in the family of the miner from Tanami.

Almost 11 million people are currently under lockdown across WA, NT, Queensland and NSW.

COVID-19 Update – June 29, 2021

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Victoria has recorded no local COVID-19 cases for the third day running as Premier Daniel Andrews called for a debate about reducing the number of people who are allowed to leave the country and return home.

NSW recorded 19 locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Tuesday as exposure site locations ballooned to more than 250 across greater Sydney as the lockdown there continued.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 17 of the 19 cases had already been linked, while 2 were under investigation, bringing the total number of cases since June 16 to 149.

More than 1300 students and staff from a high school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs have been sent into self-isolation.

Perth and the Peel region have been plunged into a four day lockdown after a third case was discover late last night.

Parts of Queensland have gone into lockdown for three days after four new community cases were reported. Townsville and Magnetic Island have become potential spread sites.

From today anyone under the age of 40 is now able to request the AstraZeneca vaccine.

COVID-19 Update – June 28, 2021

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There have been no new local COVID-19 cases in Victoria and two in quarantine overnight after 17,617 test results were processed and almost 14,300 people received their vaccine doses.

But multiple states and territories are on high alert as COVID-19 cases emerge across the country, with cases popping up in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin yesterday.  This has prompted multiple states to introduce restriction

The list of exposure sites in NSW continues to grow, with airport locations, a ramen bar and a 7-Eleven on the list as the state’s cluster grew to 120 cases with 18 new cases of community transmission overnight.

There are two new cases of community transmission in Queensland with masks becoming mandatory across much of the state’s south-east for two weeks from 1am tomorrow.

WA has recorded no new COVID-19 cases overnight after a Perth resident who recently visited Sydney tested positive on Sunday. The state went into partial lockdown yesterday afternoon.

Parts of the Northern Territory are in lockdown after a fly-in fly-out miner contracted the virus while in hotel quarantine in Brisbane.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews held his first press conference in more than 15 weeks to announce an update on the Metro tunnel. The Premier seriously injured his back earlier this year and has had a few months off work.

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