COVID-19 Update, August 2021

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31 August 2021
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COVID-19 Update – August 31, 2021

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Premier Daniel Andrews says Victoria is aiming to drive COVID-19 cases down to “zero or very low”.

He said health authorities were finalising a plan that includes easing restrictions once acceptable case number thresholds are reached. 

Victoria recorded 76 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and zero in hotel quarantine overnight.

Forty-five cases are linked to known outbreaks and 31 are mystery cases. Just 36 were in isolation.

There are now 841 active cases of coronavirus across the state after 50,848 COVID-19 tests were returned and 32,162 vaccines doses were administered.

NSW recorded 1164 new cases of COVID-19 overnight and three deaths, bring the total number of deaths to 97 since this outbreak began. 

Sixty-seven per cent of people in NSW have now had a first vaccination.

There are 871 people in NSW hospitals with COVID-19, 143 in ICU and 58 on ventilators.

The ACT recorded 13 new cases and the lockdown has been extended to September 17.

Queensland recorded no new cases for the 24th day in a row.

To book a vaccine go to:  https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment   or phone: 1800 571 121

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update 

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 30, 2021

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Victoria recorded another 73 local COVID-19 cases overnight with 52 linked to existing outbreaks. Twenty-one are yet to be linked to known outbreaks.

Victoria’s lockdown will continue past Thursday but there is speculation that some restrictions will be eased.

Exposure sites in Victoria now number almost 940. The numbers came after 41,395 tests were returned yesterday and 26,702 doses of vaccine administered.

There are 49 Victorians in hospital, 15 in ICU and 11 on a ventilator.

From today GPs and pharmacists will be able to administer the Pfizer vaccine to people over 16.

NSW recorded a record 1290 cases overnight and four deaths – after 1218 cases and six deaths were reported yesterday.

There are 840 people in hospital in NSW, 137 in ICU and 48 on ventilators. There were 157,221 tests returned yesterday.

There are now 60 cases in western NSW, including 33 in Dubbo.

The ACT recorded 12 new cases.

Queensland recorded no new cases for the 23rd day in a row.

To book a vaccine go to: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment or phone: 1800 571 121

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

COVID-19 Update – August 27, 2021

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Victoria recorded 79 new local COVID-19 cases overnight.

Fifty-three are linked to known outbreaks and 26 are mystery cases.

There are 660 active coronavirus cases across the state after 50,535 tests were returned yesterday and 33,611 vaccines administered.

The number of exposure sites listed across Victoria rose to 868 today with new tier-2 sites of concern in the regional towns of Kyabram and Echuca.

Australia’s health experts have approved the two-dose Pfizer vaccine for anyone aged over 12.

NSW recorded 882 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and two deaths. There were 143,000 vaccinations administered bringing the total to 6.4 million, and 180,000 tests returned.

The ACT recorded 14 new cases as the territory entered a third week of lock down. There are now 190 cases in the ACT. 

To book a vaccine go to:  https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment   or phone: 1800 571 121

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update 

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 26, 2021

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Victoria recorded 80 new local COVID-19 cases. 67 linked to known outbreaks and 13 outbreaks.

Forty-one people were not in isolation while infectious. There are now 600 active cases across the state.

Shepparton has recorded 20 new cases with a total of 67 cases now in the town. 

Two hundred and forty of Victoria’s cases are people under 20-years. Thirty-six people are in hospital, 11 in ICU and 8 on a ventilator.

The 15,800 people isolating as primary close contacts across Victoria.  

There were 56,248 tests returned yesterday and 33,932 vaccines administered.    

NSW recorded 1029 cases new cases and three deaths as outdoor gathering restrictions were eased for fully vaccinated people. 

A record 335,000 doses of vaccine were delivered yesterday. 

New Zealand recorded 68 new cases. 

To book a vaccine go to: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment or phone: 1800 571 121

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update 

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 25, 2021

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Victoria has recorded 45 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and zero in hotel quarantine – the third day in a row that numbers have come down.

Thirty-six of the new cases are linked to existing outbreaks and there are nine mystery cases.

Twenty-eight people were out in the community while infectious and there are now 538 active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria.

There were 53,321 tests returned yesterday and 31,629 vaccines administered.

Victoria’s vaccine booking system has been hit with an avalanche of people seeking a jab after Victorians aged 16 to 39 became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine from today.

All year 12 students will be vaccinated before their final exams start on October 4.

NSW recorded 919 new local COVID-19 cases and one more death – a man in his 80s.

125,000 vaccines were administered in NSW yesterday, bringing the total to 6.1 million. A third of NSW is now fully vaccinated.

There are 645 people in hospital in NSW, with 113 in ICU – 98 of them not vaccinated. 

Queensland recorded no new locally acquitted cases. Queensland has paused hotel quarantine facilities for people relocating from other states.

To book a vaccine go to:  https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment   or phone: 1800 571 121

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update 

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 24, 2021

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Victoria has recorded 50 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one in hotel quarantine – down from 71 cases yesterday.

Forty cases are linked to known outbreaks and there are ten mystery cases under investigation. Thirty-nine of the cases were not isolating while infectious.

830,000 more doses of Pfizer and AZ will be available from tomorrow. The Pfizer doses are aimed at anyone between 16 and 39.

There are now 522 active cases of coronavirus across Victoria after 48,424 tests were returned yesterday and 29,810 vaccines administered. 113 of the cases are aged under 9 and 101 aged 10 to 19.

There are 34 people are in hospital, 9 in ICU and 7 on a ventilator.

NSW recorded 753 locally acquired COVID-19 cases overnight and no deaths with up to 680 cases in the community while infectious.

NSW has now reached the six million vaccination mark and Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said restrictions for fully vaccinated people would be lifted from September.

107 people in NSW are in NSW, 95 are not vaccinated and 12 have only one dose. There are 24 new cases in western NSW, the majority in Dubbo.

Queensland recorded two new locally acquitted cases – both truck drivers who had been in NSW.

The ACT recorded 30 new cases.

New Zealand has recorded 41 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 148 since the virus was first detected in Auckland a week ago.

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update 

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 
 
COVID-19 Update – August 23, 2021

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Victoria has recorded 71 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 overnight and zero in hotel quarantine.

Forty-nine are linked to known outbreaks and 22 are mystery cases. Only 16 of the cases were in isolation while infectious.

There are now 495 active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria after 46,446 tests were returned and 22,191 vaccine doses administered – meaning that 50 per cent of Victorians have had at least one jab.

One hundred and twelve cases are children under 10, 100 are aged between 10 and 19 ad 79 are in their 20s

More than 52,000 vaccination appointments are available at state vaccinations centres across the state over the next week.

NSW recorded 818 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases overnight and three more deaths, after the first day of tightened restrictions. 698 of the cases are under investigation.

The state has now administered 5.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines after a record 730,000 people were vaccinated last week.

Fifteen new cases were recorded in NSW’s far west overnight.

The ACT recorded 16 new cases.

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update 

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 20, 2021

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Victoria has recorded 55 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and two in hotel quarantine overnight.

Forty-nine local cases are linked to known outbreaks and there are six mystery cases.

Twenty-five people were in isolation for the entirety of their infectious period and 30 people were infectious in the community.

One case has been detected in the regional town of Shepparton. Regional Victoria has not been under the same lockdowns restrictions as Melbourne since August 10.

NSW has recorded 642 new locally acquired cases with at last 42 infectious in the community. There were four deaths overnight.

There are 470 people in hospital in NSW, with 70 in ICU. The majority of these are not vaccinated. 

Sydney will now face tougher restrictions. From Monday, the city’s lockdown will extend until the end of September and a curfew will be imposed. 

Queensland has recorded one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 – a person isolating at home.

The ACT recorded 12 new COVID-9 cases as the city went into its second week of lockdown.

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update 

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

COVID-19 Update – August 19, 2021

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Victoria has recorded 57 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and zero in hotel quarantine - the highest daily figure of the current Delta outbreak so far.

Fifty-four cases are linked to existing outbreaks, and three are mystery cases. Thirteen people were infectious while out in the community.

There are now 296 active cases of coronavirus across Victoria after 49,607 COVID tests were returned yesterday and 27,581 vaccines administered.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced three more drive through vaccination hubs in Werribee, Broadmeadows and at Sandown Racecourse

NSW recorded 681 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and one death, a man in 80s.

The lockdown in regional NSW has been extended to August 28.

A record 110,000 vaccines were administered in NSW yesterday...

No new cases were reported in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 18, 2021

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Victoria recorded 24 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and zero in hotel quarantine.
 
Twenty of the cases are linked to known outbreaks but there are currently four mystery cases. Six of the cases were infectious while out in the community.
 
There are now 246 active cases of COVID-19 across Victoria after 39,832 coronavirus tests were returned yesterday and 27,173 vaccines administered. Twelve people are in hospital and two in ICU.
 
NSW recorded 633 new locally acquired COVID-19 and the deaths of three unvaccinated men. At least 475 cases are under investigation and there were at least 400 cases were infectious in the community. 
 
There are 462 people in hospital, 77 in ICU and 23 on ventilators in NSW.
 
Five hundred of the cases were in western and south-western Sydney and 23 in western NSW.  
 
The Northern Territory has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 overnight, as the greater Darwin and Katherine regions enter their third day of lockdown.
 
New Zealand faces its first full day of lockdown this morning after an unvaccinated man in his 50s from Auckland tested positive to the COVID-19 virus. Auckland faces a week-long lockdown and the rest of the country three days of restrictions.
 
 
 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 17, 2021

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Victoria recorded 24 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 overnight and one in hotel quarantine.

All but three of the local cases are linked to known outbreaks and three are being investigated; and ten people were in the community while infectious.

There are now 227 active cases of coronavirus across Victoria after 31,519 COVID-19 tests were returned yesterday and 25,742 doses of vaccine given out.

NSW has recorded 452 new local acquired COVID-19 cases with at least 50 infectious in the community.

There was one death in NSW, a woman in her 70s who was not vaccinated. More than 152,000 tests were returned yesterday and 75 per cent of today’s cases aged under 40.

There are reports cases have occurred in indigenous communities in western NSW,

Queensland recorded one new local case of COVID-19, linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and was in home quarantine.

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

COVID-19 Update – August 16, 2021

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Victoria’s lockdown will be extended for another two weeks at least until September 2 with tougher restrictions in place.

From midnight tonight there will be a curfew between 9pm and 5am, exercise will be limited to two members from a household and people will not be able to remove masks to drink alcohol outdoors.

Playgrounds, basketball courts and exercise areas will close. Permits for authorised workers will be required.

Large construction projects will be limited to 25 per cent of workforces and small sites will be limited to five workers.

Police will crack down on illegal gatherings with increased fines after several large events over the weekend. An enforcement blitz is planned for next weekend.

The state recorded 22 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases overnight with eight infectious in the community. Seventeen of the cases are linked to known outbreaks and five are mystery cases.

Health authorities have criticised public gatherings over the weekend which breached public health rules.

There are now 205 active cases of COVID-19 across Victoria after 29,986 tests were returned yesterday and 19, 880 vaccines administered.

A million Pfizer vaccines doses have arrived in Australia from Poland.

The NSW, there were 478 cases of locally acquired COVID-19, at least 92 were infectious in the community with the sources of 337 under investigation.  

There were eight deaths in NSW including a 15-year-old boy who died from COVID-19 after being admitted to hospital with meningococcal meningitis.

More than 157,000 tests were returned yesterday in NSW.

There are now ten cases in the ACT, some of the new cases linked to a high school and the Northern 0054erritory has 19 new locally acquired cases.

Queensland recorded no new COVID-19 cases.

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

COVID-19 Update – August13, 2021

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Victoria recorded 15 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases overnight with eight in quarantine during their infectious period and seven out in the community.

Twelve of the 15 cases are linked to existing outbreaks and three remain under investigation.

There are now 148 active COVID-19 cases of COVID-19 after 40,737 tests were returned yesterday and a record 27,427 vaccine doses administered in state government centres.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced a plan to see million doses of vaccine administered over the next five weeks in a bid to reach a 60 per cent vaccination rate by September.

From Monday, Astra Zeneca vaccines will be available to anyone aged over 18 at state sites.

The South Melbourne Market has been closedafter several shops were listed as Tier 1 exposure sites.

NSW has recorded 390 new locally acquired cases and two new deaths.

There are 391 people in hospital in NSW, 63 in ICU and 30 on ventilators. 55 of the 63 are not vaccinated

There were 130,000 tests returned in NSW yesterday.

The ACT is in lockdown after several more cases were reported overnight and the NSW towns of Dubbo and Walgett have also recorded ten cases.

Queensland recorded seven new cases, all in quarantine.

See more information and advice here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update

See exposure sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

COVID-19 Update – August 12, 2021

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Victoria recorded 21 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases overnight and two among interstate arrivals. Fifteen were in quarantine while infectious. Three mystery cases were discovered in Glenroy.

There are now 137 active cases of COVID-19 across the state.

There were 45,408 tests returned yesterday and 25,418 vaccinations doses administered.

About 1.4 billion has been paid to businesses under COVID-19 hardship arrangements.

NSW recorded 345 new cases, with at least 60 infectious in the community.

Tougher restrictions have been implemented in the Bayside, Strathfield and Burwood local government areas south and west of Sydney’s CBD with only authorised workers allowed to leave those local government areas for work.

A record 151,830 tests were returned in the past day.

The ACT is set to go into lockdown following outbreaks in nearby NSW towns.

Queensland recorded ten new cases, all in home quarantine.

Olympic athletes who have quarantined in NSW and who are returning home to South Australia will face another 14 days of quarantine.

COVID-19 Update – August 11, 2021

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Melbourne will remain in lockdown for another week after Victoria recorded 20 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases overnight.

Fifteen were linked to current outbreaks and five are still under investigation. Fourteen were isolating throughout their infectious period.

There are now 118 active cases of coronavirus across Victoria, one case is I hospital. There were 41,571 tests returned yesterday, among 250,000 tests in the past week.

NSW has reported 344 new local COVID-19 cases overnight as Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the surge in case numbers is expected to continue.

Health officials say they are starting to see a declining number of cases in the Fairfield local government area and also Canterbury-Bankstown local government area.

There were two deaths overnight: a man in his 30s from northern Sydney, and a man in his 90s from Sydney’s south-west. Neither was vaccinated.

More than 119,000 tests were processed yesterday. 62 people are in ICU.

Dubbo, in regional NSW, will go into lockdown early this afternoon after a COVID-19 case, linked to two schools, was detected.

Queensland has recorded four new cases of COVID-19, all of which were linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and were detected in home quarantine.

For more information on the COVID-19 outbreak and to see exposure sites, got to: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/

COVID-19 Update – August 10, 2021

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Victoria has recorded 20 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, fifteen of them infectious in the community.

All the cases are linked but it now seems unlikely Melbourne’s lockdown will end on Thursday.

Caroline Springs, in Melbourne’s north-west, is the biggest area of concern for health authorities.

There were 34,892 tests returned yesterday and 22,670 doses of vaccine administered.

NSW recorded 356 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths, none of whom were vaccinated. There were 97 cases infectious in the community and the source of 209 of the cases are under investigation.

In NSW’s regions, Tamworth, Byron Bay, Armidale and Newcastle are in lockdown after cases were detected.

Queensland recorded three new COVID-19 cases, all in quarantine their infectious periods, after 20,484 tests were returned.

Cairns is in lockdown after new cases were uncovered, linked to a visiting cargo ship. 

COVID-19 Update – August 9, 2021

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Victoria has recorded 11 new locally acquired COVID-19cases as health authorities listed the Women’s and Children’s Hospital as an exposure site.

All the new cases are linked but only one person was in quarantine during their infectious period. There are now 56 cases in the current outbreak. Five people in hospital, one in ICU.

Restrictions in regional Victoria will be lifted as no cases or exposure sites have been identified.

There are now 103 active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria. There were 38,987 tests returned yesterday and 17,101 vaccines administered.

NSW recorded 283 COVID-19 cases with 64 infectious in the community. There was one death, a women in her 90s. There were 133,000 tests returned in NSW yesterday. 

South East Queensland recorded five new COVID-19 cases, all in quarantine their infectious periods. Cairns has gone into lockdown after new cases were uncovered, linked to a visiting cargo ship. 

COVID-19 Update – August 6, 2021

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Victoria has recorded six new locally acquired COVID-19 cases after the state went into lock down last night following an outbreak in Melbourne’s west. Two of cases were reported yesterday.

The new cases include a primary school student and are all linked to previously reported cases but were not in quarantine during their infectious periods.

There are now 72 active cases in Victoria. There were 29,631 tests returned yesterday and there are now 84 exposure sites across the city. 10,000 people are isolating as primary close contacts.

The new Victorian outbreak may be related to a 31-year-old Sydney man who tested positive after arriving in Melbourne on his way to Launceston on Monday.

And 31 people have been charged over anti-lockdown protests overnight.

A $400 million package for businesses affected by the lock down was announced by the state government.

There are now just five reasons to leave home: getting the food and the supplies you need, exercising for up to two hours, care or caregiving, work or education if you can’t do it from home, or to get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.

NSW recorded a record 291 new COVID-19 cases, at least 50 of them infectious in the community. A woman in her 60s died in hospital.

There were 110,000 tests returned and 84,000 vaccinations administered.

Queensland recorded 10 new COVID-19, all close contacts of existing cases and were isolation. Five were children.

There are a total of cases in latest outbreak with more than 8,000 people in home isolation,

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 5, 2021

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Victoria will enter a sixth, week-long lockdown from 8pm tonight after a new series of COVID-19 case clusters emerged in Melbourne’s west.

Eight cases have been uncovered – five are mystery cases.

There will be only five reasons to leave home: getting the food and the supplies you need, exercising for up to two hours, care or caregiving, work or education if you can’t do it from home, or to get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.

Shopping and exercise must be done within 5kms of your home or the nearest location.

It also means face masks will remain mandatory indoors (not at home) and outdoors unless an exception applies – this includes all workplaces, and secondary schools.

Schools will close and revert to online learning and gyms, community sport and public gatherings will close.

Visitors will not be allowed in homes.

 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 5, 2021

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Victoria has recorded six new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 overnight. Three of them are linked to existing cases and already in isolation.

One is a teacher from Al Taqwa College in Melbourne’s west revealed yesterday. Another is a household contact of the teacher who plays for the Newport Football Club.

The third case is a man who lives in Maribyrnong and who also plays for the Newport Football Club.

Three schools have been closed and thousands of students and teachers are in isolation.

There were 27,270 tests returned yesterday and 17,229 doses of vaccine administered across the state. There are now 80 active cases across Victoria.

Fruit and vegetable giant SPC will be the first company in Australia to require all onsite personnel – including staff and visitors – to be fully vaccinated by the end of November.

NSW has recorded 262 new cases and five more deaths from COVID-19 overnight. Four of the dead were not vaccinated. There are 290 people in hospital in NSW with 51 in ICU and two on ventilators.

A week-long lockdown has been announced for the Hunter Valley after cases were detected there.

Queensland has recorded 16 new cases of COVID-19 all linked to the Indooroopilly Delta strain cluster. Four of them were infectious in the community.

 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 4, 2021

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Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 overnight, and none in hotel quarantine, for the first time since the latest outbreak began.

Nine people are being treated for coronavirus in Victorian hospitals, and two are on ventilators, but there are now fewer than 100 active cases across the state and the list of high-risk exposure sites has dropped to 33.

Victorian health authorities are now considering rolling out the AstraZeneca vaccine at the state’s mass vaccination hubs for people under 60 years of age.

NSW has reported 233 new local cases of COVID-19 overnight, its third-highest daily figure during Sydney’s outbreak.

A man in his 20s, who was not vaccinated, died at home from the virus in south-west Sydney overnight.

Queensland is now suffering through its biggest coronavirus outbreak since the first wave hit last year, with 17 new local cases reported overnight.

 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 3, 2021

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Victoria has recorded four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, all of which are linked to existing cases and were in isolation during their infectious period.

There were 22,217 test results returned overnight and 16,591 doses of vaccine administered. Victoria’s health authorities listed no new exposure sites overnight.

There are ten cases hospital in Victoria, including three in intensive care and one on a ventilator.

From Monday, about 220,000 vulnerable children aged 12 to 15 will be eligible for a Pfizer jab.

NSW recorded 199 locally acquired cases of COVID-19, at least 50 of them active in the community during their infectious period. There were 104,000 tests processed in NSW overnight.

Queensland recorded 16 new cases of COVID-19, all linked to sites and schools in the suburb or Indooroopilly. There were almost 35,000 tests returned in Queensland yesterday.

 

 

COVID-19 Update – August 2, 2021

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Victoria has recorded two new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, both of which are linked to existing cases and were in isolation during their infectious period.

Health authorities say the state could start seeing doughnut days again soon.

More than 21,400 tests were returned overnight and 15,030 vaccine doses were administered.

Residents along the NSW-Victoria border will only be able to cross the border to access essential services, caregiving and exercise from 11.59pm tomorrow night.

NSW recorded 207 cases of community transmission with 50 active in the community while infectious.

More than 117,000 tests were returned yesterday.

Queensland has recorded 13 new, locally acquired cases of COVID-19, with Brisbane’s lockdown extended to the end of the coming weekend.

The new community cases are all linked to existing outbreaks.

 

COVID-19 Update – July 30, 2021

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Victoria has recorded three new cases of COVID-19, one reported yesterday in the Bass Coast Shire south-east of Melbourne.

All of the cases are linked to known outbreaks and were in isolation for their infectious periods.

The community-acquired case linked to the Moonee Valley testing centre, announced earlier this week, has been linked to the latest outbreak. 

No cases were detected in hotel quarantine and there are now 200 total cases of COVID-19 across Victoria.

There were 43,542 coronavirus tests carried out yesterday and 19,136 vaccinations administered.

NSW has recorded 170 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases, 42 of them infectious in the community. There were more than 95,000 tests retuned yesterday. There are currently 187 COVID-19 cases in hospital, 58 in ICU and 24 on ventilator.

A high school in Brisbane has been closed after a 17-year-old female student tested positive to COVID-19. Health authorities are investigating how she contracted the virus.

COVID-19 Update – July 29, 2021

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Victoria has recorded six new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, all of whom are linked to existing cases and were in isolation during their infectious period.

A mystery case reported yesterday is still being investigate by health authorities.

There are now 205 active cases of coronavirus across Victoria. Zero cases have been detected in hotel quarantine.

There were 42,009 tests carried out yesterday and 19,118 vaccines administered.

NSW reported 239 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases, 70 of them active in the community while infectious – the highest numbers in the latest outbreak so far.

Mask wearing indoors and outdoors and 5km travel limit will be in place in the worst affected local government areas in Sydney from tomorrow as well as tougher penalties for breaches of rules. There were two more deaths in NSW yesterday.

Victorian workers will be eligible for payments of up to $750 a week in any future lockdowns under changes to emergency income support payments as part of a new $400 million package of state and federal government support announced yesterday.

COVID-19 Update – July 28, 2021

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Victoria has recorded one new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 who was active in the community. The person was a traffic controller at the Moonee Valley testing site.

Eight other cases were reported, all linked to current outbreaks and in isolation during their infectious period.

There were 35,862 tests carried out yesterday and 19,349 vaccines administered.

Schools reopened this morning and the 5km travel limit ended.

Public gatherings are now limited to ten and funerals and weddings are limited to 50.

Community sport and gyms have reopened, hospitality businesses are subject to strict density limits, masks are required inside and outdoors and offices have return to 25 per cent capacity.

Home visit will are still be banned for two more weeks.

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

Sydney will stay in lockdown for another month as Sydney recorded another 177 cases, with 68 infectious in the community.

Queensland reported one new local COVID-19 case, a returned traveller who became ill after leaving hotel quarantine, as well as 19 crew aboard a cargo vessel.

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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