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COVID-19 update: NSW cases surpass 1000, more freedoms announced for vaccinated residents

Members of the public wear face masks as they exercise in Sydney, Thursday, August 26, 2021. Source: AAP Image/Bianca De March

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 26 August 2021.

  • ockdown in regional NSW extended until 10 September
  • Victoria receives 25,000 Pfizer doses
  • Business support grants open in ACT
  • Queensland will build quarantine facility near Toowoomba

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 1,029 new locally acquired cases, with at least 37 in the community while infectious. Three unvaccinated people have died.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced greater freedoms for fully vaccinated residents from 13 September:

  • People who live outside of the local government areas of concern will be able to gather outdoors in groups of five, within five kilometres from home.
  • Households inside local government areas of concern will also be able to gather outdoors but will need to follow existing restrictions around curfews and exercise limits.

Book today your vaccination appointment.

Victoria

Victoria has recorded 80 new locally acquired cases, with 41 cases in the community while infectious.

People under 40, who already have an AstraZeneca appointment, will now automatically receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as 25,000 Pfizer doses have reached Victoria, COVID Commander Jeroen Weimar said.

Find here vaccination centre near you. 

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT has recorded 14 new locally acquired cases bringing the total number of active cases to 190.

Canberra businesses impacted by the lockdown can now apply for grants of up to $10,000 for employing companies and up to $4,000 for non-employing businesses.

Click here to check your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccination.  

Last 24 hours around Australia
  • Queensland to build a dedicated regional quarantine facility at Wellcamp Airport near Toowoomba.
  • All children over the age of 12 in the Northern Territory are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

 

 

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

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