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COVID-19 update: ACT extends lockdown, authorities ask people to consider the AstraZeneca vaccine

The ACT reported 13 new local COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, including at least eight that were infectious in the community. Source: AAP Image/Lukas Coch

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 31 August 2021.

  • In NSW, 67 per cent of residents have received their first dose
  • Victoria has over 1,000 COVID-19 exposure sites
  • ACT extends lockdown until 17 September
  • SA lifts restriction on travellers from NT and Queensland

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 1,163 new locally acquired cases, 796 in western and south-western Sydney. Three people have died. 

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant urges Guildford, Merrylands, Auburn, Greenacre, Bankstown and Blacktown residents to get tested.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard advises anyone over 18 to get the AstraZeneca vaccine as there is not enough of the Pfizer vaccine.

 

An Aboriginal man in Dubbo was announced on Monday as the first person to die from COVID-19 in the current outbreak in western New South Wales.

Click to book your COVID-19 vaccine today.

Victoria

Victoria has recorded 76 new locally acquired cases, including 31 not yet linked to existing outbreaks. 

Premier Andrews, who will announce a plan for easing restrictions tomorrow, says ‘the right vaccine is the one you can get’, pointing out plenty of the AstraZeneca vaccine is available.

There are now over 1,000 venues on the list of exposure sites, including several apartment buildings in Melbourne.

Find a vaccination centre near you.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT has recorded 13 new locally acquired cases, with at least eight in the community while infections. 

Canberra’s new COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic will open at the Australian Institute of Sport Arena on Friday, 3 September. The lockdown is extended until 17 September with new restrictions in place from 5pm on Thursday.   

Check your eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination.

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  • South Australia lifts all restrictions on people travelling from South East Queensland and Katherine in the Northern Territory.

 

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Quarantine, travel, testing clinics and pandemic disaster payment

Quarantine and testing requirements are managed and enforced by state and territory governments:

NSW Travel & transport and Quarantine
VIC Travel permitOverseas travellers and Quarantine
ACT Transport and Quarantine
NT Travel and Quarantine
QLD Travel and Quarantine
SA Travel and Quarantine
TAS Travel and Quarantine
WA Travel and Quarantine

If you want to travel overseas, you may be able to apply online for an exemption. Click here for more information about the conditions to leave Australia. There are temporary measures for international flights that are regularly reviewed by the government and updated on the Smart Traveller website.



Visit the translated resources published by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service:

COVID-19 Vaccination Glossary
Appointment Reminder Tool.


Testing clinics in each state and territory:

NSW 
Victoria 
Queensland 
South Australia 
ACT 
Western Australia 
Tasmania
Northern Territory 


Pandemic disaster payment information in each state and territory:

NSW 
Victoria 
Queensland 
South Australia 
ACT 
Western Australia 
Tasmania
Northern Territory

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