Coming Up Tue 8:00 PM  AEDT
Coming Up Live in 
Assyrian radio

COVID-19 update: NSW records “disturbingly high” case numbers as Melbourne introduces a curfew and extends its lockdown

Sydney'de kurallara uymayan yüzlerce kişiye para cezası kesildi. Source: AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 16 August 2021.


  • Two new support payments in NSW
  • Melbourne's lockdown extended for two weeks
  • Parts of Northern Territory in lockdown
  • Nineteen new locally acquired cases in ACT, and zero in QLD

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 478 new locally acquired cases and seven COVID-related deaths, out of which five were unvaccinated.

A test and isolate payment of $320 is available for workers aged 17 and over who have symptoms of COVID-19 and live in government areas of concern. 

Temporary visa holders and others ineligible for other income support can now access a new $400 hardship payment through the Red Cross.

An additional 530,000 Pfizer doses will be available for 12 Sydney’s worst-affected local government areas where residents aged between 20 and 39 will be prioritised for vaccination this week.

Book here your vaccination appointment.


Victoria has recorded 22 new locally acquired cases, out of which five are not linked to known outbreaks. Eight cases were in the community while infectious.

Lockdown in Melbourne is extended until at least 11.59pm Thursday 2 September with additional measures put in place including a curfew from 9pm tonight. 

Find here the list of vaccination centres

Last 24 hours around Australia 
  • Greater Darwin and the Katherine region will go into a snap lockdown for 72 hours at midday local time after one local case was detected in the community.
  • The ACT records 19 new locally acquired cases and extends its lockdown for another two weeks. 

alc covid mental health

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.

Coming up next

COVID-19 update: NSW records “disturbingly high” case numbers as Melbourne introduces a curfew and extends its lockdown 16/08/2021 02:29 ...
The eruption of students demonstration in Kurdistan region 28/11/2021 11:00 ...
Meet the candidate for Mayoral seat of Fairfield City Council: Frank Carbone 28/11/2021 14:13 ...
Meet the candidate for Mayoral seat of Fairfield City Council: George Barcha 28/11/2021 14:44 ...
Changes to some Australian migration rules from 1 December 2021 24/11/2021 15:44 ...
Xi Jinping tells ASEAN China will not bully smaller nations 24/11/2021 13:13 ...
Rights issues continue to niggle as Qatar counts down to FIFA World Cup 24/11/2021 07:24 ...
SBS NEWS BULLETIN 23 NOVEMBER 2021 23/11/2021 09:45 ...
The opening of Ashurbanipal library by Assyrian Australian Association 22/11/2021 14:52 ...
Orphan Relative Visa: who can apply for it? 21/11/2021 07:16 ...
View More