This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 17 August 2021.
- The majority of new cases in NSW are people under 40
- VIC Premier calls for higher testing rates
- Seventeen new locally acquired cases in ACT
- No new cases in NT
New South Wales
NSW has recorded 452 new locally acquired cases, with at least 50 in the community while infectious. Seventy-five per cent of new cases are people under 40. A woman in her late 70s who was not vaccinated died.
Residents of Lennox Head are urged to get tested as COVID fragments were detected in wastewater testing at the local facility.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian issues a special call-out for people over 70 to get vaccinated.
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Victoria has recorded 24 new locally acquired cases, out of which three are not linked to known outbreaks. Ten cases were in the community while infectious.
Premier Daniel Andrews calls for increase testing, particularly in the St Kilda area suburbs, including Port Phillip and Bayside.
Last 24 hours around Australia
- The ACT records 17 new locally acquired cases bringing the total number of active cases in Canberra to 45. There are now close to 100 exposure sites in the ACT.
- Northern Territory records zero new locally acquired cases out of 1,846 tests conducted yesterday.
- Queensland records one locally acquired case detected in home quarantine.
Quarantine and testing requirements are managed and enforced by state and territory governments:
NSW Travel & transport and Quarantine
VIC Travel permit, Overseas 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.
- News and information over 60 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus
- Relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania.
- Information about the COVID-19 vaccine in your language.
Visit the translated resources published by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service:
Testing clinics in each state and territory:
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