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COVID-19 update: Vic extends lockdown by another week, SA announces level five restrictions

Viajeros esperando el autobús en la estación de tren Wynyard, en el distrito central de negocios de Sydney, martes 20 de julio 2021. Source: AAP/Mick Tsikas

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 20 July 2021.

  • Victoria's lockdown extended until Tuesday, 27 July.
  • New South Wales records its fifth death from the COVID-19 Delta outbreak.
  • Level 5 restrictions announced in South Australia from 6:00pm tonight.
  • More than 10.1 million Australians have received the first dose, while 2.8 million are fully vaccinated.


Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the current lockdown will be extended until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 27 July. 

Victoria has recorded 13 new local COVID-19 cases, including one mystery case. Nine of the cases were in isolation during their infectious period. The total number of active cases in Victoria is 96.

Travel to Victoria using red zone permits will be temporarily paused. Announcements concerning further business support are expected tomorrow. 

New South Wales has recorded 78 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, with 21 of those infectious in the community.  A woman in her 50s has died in southwestern Sydney. Her death is the 61st in NSW related to COVID-19 and the fifth of the current outbreak.

Service NSW has opened applications for the COVID lockdown grant for small to medium businesses. Applications close at 11:59pm on 13 September 2021. For more information, visit the 2021 COVID-19 business grant – Guidelines

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.

Last 24 hours around Australia
  • South Australia has recorded five new cases of COVID-19 in the community. Premier Steven Marshall has announced level 5 restrictions from 6:00pm tonight until at least Tuesday, 27 July. There are currently 16 exposure sites. Find here, the locations of the cases in a list.

  • Queensland records one new locally acquired coronavirus case.

  • All eight symptomatic crew members from a cargo ship docked at Fremantle in Western Australia have tested positive for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a recurring weekly payment available for individuals living in Commonwealth-declared hotspots where restrictions lasting for more than seven days have caused them to experience reduced work hours or lost income. Information is available in over 60 languages while a multilingual phone service is available on 131 202.

The Eid al Adha (“Festival of the Sacrifice”) finishes on Friday, 23 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


The COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe because it was developed so quickly.


Each COVID-19 vaccine must meet Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) strict requirements for safety, quality and effectiveness before it’s allowed to be administered. The TGA will continue to closely monitor the vaccines to rapidly detect and respond to any emerging safety issues both in Australia and overseas. The TGA also checks the quality of every batch of vaccine supplied in Australia before they are released.

In the United States, analysis of public health data has shown that nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the country - covering different variants - are in people who weren’t vaccinated.

In June, a report released by the Public Health England found that 103 of the 223 Delta variant cases admitted to hospital since February were unvaccinated or had only one vaccine dose.

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:

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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