This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 20 August 2021.
- NSW announces additional restrictions for the LGAs of concern
- Contact tracing underway in Victoria for one case in Shepparton
- ACT records 12 new cases
- South Australia eases its border restrictions
New South Wales
NSW has recorded 644 new locally acquired cases, with at least 41 in the community while infectious. Four people who had received one dose of the vaccine have died.
Additional rules for residents and businesses in the local government areas of concern will apply from 12.01am Monday 23 August, including curfews from 9pm to 5 am and a one-hour limit to the daily outdoor exercise.
Greater Sydney’s lockdown is extended until 30 September.
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Victoria has recorded 55 new locally acquired cases, out of which six are not linked to known outbreaks. Thirty cases were in the community while infectious.
Health authorities have issued an alert after one positive case was detected in Shepparton in regional Victoria.
Australian Capital Territory
The ACT has recorded 12 new locally acquired cases, out of which one is under investigation. The total number of active cases in Canberra is 94.
There is currently one COVID-19 patient admitted to hospital and over 250 exposure sites, including public transport routes, fast food outlets and a childcare outlet.
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Last 24 hours around Australia
- NT and Queensland record another day of zero community transmission.
- South Australia lifts border restrictions with northern and regional Queensland and most of the Northern Territory.
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 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:
Pandemic disaster payment information in each state and territory: