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COVID-19 update: Another large increase in case numbers as NSW Premier pleads to get vaccinated

NSW PremierBerejiklian during a press conference August 18. NSW recorded 633 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi) Source: AAP Image/Bianca De March

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 18 August 2021.

  • West and south western Sydney are the suburbs of highest concern
  • Victoria has more than 500 venues on the list of exposure sites.
  • Over 20 new locally acquired cases in the ACT
  • Queensland and NT record zero new locally acquired cases

New South Wales

NSW has recorded 633 new locally acquired cases and three deaths.  At least 62 cases were in the community while infectious.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the following suburbs of concern have seen "an escalation of cases": Merrylands, Guilford, Auburn, Greenacre and St Marys.

Those aged 16 to 39 living in the 12 local government areas of concern will be given priority access to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from tomorrow, Thursday 19 August.

Book today your vaccination appointment.

Victoria

Victoria has recorded 24 new locally acquired cases, out of which four are not linked to known outbreaks. Six cases were in the community while infectious.  

COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar says there are currently around 15,000 primary close contacts in the state and more than 520 exposure sites.

Find here the list of vaccination centres

Last 24 hours around Australia 
  • The ACT records 22 new locally acquired cases bringing the total number of active cases in Canberra to 67.
  • Restrictions will be lifted in south east Queensland, Cairns and Yarrabah local government areas from 4 pm on Friday 20 August.
  • Lockdown in Greater Darwin and Katherine is scheduled to end at midday tomorrow.

 

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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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