This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 26 July 2021.
- In NSW family gatherings remain a key factor contributing to high numbers.
- In Victoria easing of restrictions has yet to be finalised.
- SA confirms the end of lockdown.
- Queensland is on high alert after a positive case fled Sydney lockdown.
New South Wales
NSW has recorded 145 new locally acquired cases. The number of cases in Fairfield has gone down. Police Commissioner Mick Fuller warned anyone planning on protesting in Sydney during the lockdown will be arrested.
In the coming days, local pharmacies will be able to offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to over 60s, says NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, stressing there is a scarcity of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr Chant urges everyone in the community to get vaccinated. Find here, the list of pharmacies.
Victoria has recorded 11 new locally cases. All cases are linked to current Delta variant outbreaks and were in quarantine while infectious. The total number of active cases is 190.
The fifth lockdown is due to end at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 27 July, but authorities say, "nothing has yet been finalised”.
Last 24 hours around Australia
- Mandatory face mask restrictions remain in place across South East Queensland. Find here, the list of exposures sites.
- SA is on track to lift lockdown restrictions on Wednesday, 12:01 am, but some rules will remain in place.
- According to the federal health department there are 2117 active COVID-19 cases in Australia.
Healthy young people are not affected by COVID-19. It only harms and kills old or sick people.
The virus impacts older people and those with underlying conditions more heavily, but also harms and kills some healthy young people.
Quarantine, travel, testing clinics and pandemic disaster payment
Quarantine and testing requirements are managed and enforced by state and territory governments:
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
- 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.
Testing clinics in each state and territory:
Pandemic disaster payment information in each state and territory: