This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 21 August 2021.
- Victoria records 61 new locally acquired cases, the entire state is now in lockdown
- NSW registers the highest record of cases by any state since the pandemic began
- Queensland records another day of zero locally acquired cases
- ACT records eight new cases, none within the community while infectious
New South Wales
New South Wales has registered a new record in locally acquired COVID-19 cases with 825 infections and three dead people - an unvaccinated man in his 90s, a fully vaccinated man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s, who had received one dose.
NSW Police have deployed 1,500 officers to ensure anti-lockdown protests do not occur this afternoon. Trains are skipping major Sydney train stations and taxis and rideshare operators are banned from the CBD.
Priority COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination appointments are available right now for anyone aged 16 to 39 living in local government areas of concern.
Victoria has recorded 61 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, 39 were in the community while infectious.
A significant number of cases have been detected in regional Victoria. Therefore, from 1pm today all regional Victoria has gone into lockdown.
The rules for regional areas will be the same as those in place for Greater Melbourne, except for the curfew conditions that will not apply to regional Victoria for now.
Last 24 hours around Australia
- ACT has recorded eight new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and is planning to include adolescents aged as young as 12 in its vaccine rollout before the end of the year.
- Queensland has recorded another day of zero local COVID-19 cases and authorities have reinforced the call to people 16 and over to get vaccinated.
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 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
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.
- 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.
Visit the translated resources published by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service:
Testing clinics in each state and territory:
Pandemic disaster payment information in each state and territory: