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COVID-19 update: NSW extends list of essential workers while Victorian exposure sites grow

The exterior of the Isola apartment block is seen in Richmond, Melbourne, Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AAP Image/James Ross) NO ARCHIVING Source: AAP

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


  • NSW has extended its list of authorised workers permitted to leave Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool
  • List of COVID-19 exposure sites in Victoria continues to grow

New South Wales 

New South Wales has recorded 105 new local coronavirus cases. 66 cases were linked to a known cluster; the source of 39 cases is still under investigation. A woman in her 90s has died in South-Eastern Sydney. 

Residents in the local government areas of FairfieldCanterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool are not allowed to leave those regions unless they work in healthcare, emergency services or at supermarkets, bottle shops, kiosks, newsagents, office, pet supplies stores and garden centres. 

From 12:01 am Monday, 19 July, all construction work and non-urgent maintenance, including cleaning services and repair work on residential premises will be paused.  It is expected that this restriction will affect up to 500,000 construction workers in NSW. 

Find here, the locations of the cases in a list or a map. The current lockdown will be extended until 11:59 pm on Friday, 30 July.

Victoria

Victoria has recorded 16 new local coronavirus cases and 2 cases acquired overseas. The total number of active cases in Victoria is 70.

There are now more than 215 new exposure sites. The most recent additions are in Altona Meadows, Kew and Truganina suburbs. Residents of Phillip Island in South-East Melbourne are also urged to get tested. Find here, the locations of the cases in a list or a map.  The fifth lockdown is due to last until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 20 July.

Last 24 hours around Australia
  • The ACT and Queensland record another day of zero community transmission. 

  • In South Australia around 100,000 vaccination doses have been delivered at the Adelaide Showground in Wayville.

  • Tasmania closes border to all of NSW.

The Eid al Adha (“Festival of the Sacrifice”) starts on Monday, 19 July.  It is important to protect yourself and others during Eid al-Fitr prayers by: 

  • choosing to pray at home 
  • cancelling large gatherings
  • wearing your mask
  • using your own prayer rug

COVID-19 MYTH:

Healthy young people are not affected by COVID-19. It only harms and kills old or sick people.

COVID-19 FACT:

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:

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 NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service's translated:
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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