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COVID-19 update: States push for vaccination targets

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media during a press conference in Melbourne, Friday, August 13, 2021. Source: AAP Image/James Ross

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 13 August 2021

  • Younger adults among the most affected in NSW
  • Victoria plans to vaccinate one million people in five weeks
  • ACT records two locally acquired cases
  • Queensland’s arrivals from the ACT must quarantine

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 390 new locally acquired cases and two deaths. At least 60 cases were in the community while infectious.

The majority of 25 new cases in Dubbo and Walgett are diagnosed in Aboriginal people, including children.

NSW Health’s Dr Maryanne Gale says that in the last two weeks younger adults, aged 20-29, are among the most affected by COVID-19 and urges everyone to come forward for vaccination.

Find here the list of vaccination clinics.


Victoria has recorded 15 new locally acquired cases, out of which four are not linked to known outbreaks.

Premier Daniel Andrews says the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone over the age of 18 at every state-run vaccination hub and points out the government wants one million people to receive a vaccine over the next five weeks.

Find here the list of vaccination centres

Last 24 hours around Australia
  • Queensland records seven new locally acquired cases. From Saturday 14 August, anyone who arrives from the ACT to Queensland must go into hotel quarantine.
  • The ACT authorities confirm over 3,000 close contacts and the total of six active cases.   
  • Tasmanian businesses affected by border closures and the lockdowns in other states can apply for hardship grants from 17 August.



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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