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COVID-19 update: NSW extends regional restrictions, VIC marks 200 days of lockdown

People are seen waiting in line outside of the Palais Theatre at a pop-up testing facility in St Kilda, Melbourne, Thursday, August 19, 2021. Source: AAP Image/James Ross

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 19 August 2021.

  • Lockdown affecting NSW's regional areas extended until 28 August
  • Victoria records surge in case numbers, marks 200th day of lockdown during pandemic
  • ACT counts nine mystery cases
  • Queensland and NT record zero new locally acquired cases

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 681 new locally acquired cases, with at least 87 cases in the community while infectious. A man in his 80s died, bringing the total of COVID-related deaths in the current Delta outbreak to 61.

Merrylands, Guildford, Auburn, Granville, Lidcombe, Greenacre and Blacktown are areas generating the majority of cases, says NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Of the 82 cases in intensive care, 71 are not vaccinated. Book today your vaccination appointment.

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Victoria has recorded 57 new locally acquired cases, out of which three are not linked to known outbreaks. Thirteen cases were in the community while infectious.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie says repeated testing of wastewater shows detections of the virus in Shepparton in north east Victoria and in the Melbourne suburb of Ardeer.

Find here the list of vaccination centres.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT records 16 new locally acquired cases, out of which five are not linked to known outbreaks.  The total number of active cases in Canberra is 83.  

Canberra's light rail, bus routes, an early learning centre at Turner and a Belconnen general practice are among new close contact exposure sites.

Check your eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination.

Last 24 hours around Australia
  • Katherine’s lockdown is extended until 12 pm Friday 20 August.
  • Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk asks for the military deployment to the Queensland border with NSW.


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:

South Australia 
Western Australia 
Northern Territory 

Pandemic disaster payment information in each state and territory:

South Australia 
Western Australia 
Northern Territory

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