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COVID-19 update: Victoria extends lockdown, NSW confirms 98 new cases

A person is seen crossing a quiet Flinders Street in Melbourne, Monday, July 19, 2021. Source: AAP Image/Daniel Pockett

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


  • Victoria's five-day lockdown is extended
  • New South Wales has recorded 98 local cases today, with 20 infectious in the community
  • Service NSW has opened applications for the COVID lockdown grant for small to medium businesses
  • One million Pfizer doses arrive in Australia to boost the COVID vaccination rollout

Victoria

Victoria's lockdown will not end on Tuesday night as planned. Premier Daniel Andrews has yet to determine rules and timelines for lifting the lockdown.

Victoria has recorded 13 new local coronavirus cases and 1 case was acquired overseas. The total number of active cases in Victoria is 81.

There are currently 15,800 primary close contacts in quarantine or isolation, with over 250 new exposure sites. Find here, the locations of the cases in a list or a map.  

New South Wales 

New South Wales has recorded 98 new local coronavirus cases, with two-thirds of cases detected in South-West Sydney. 61 cases were linked to a known cluster; the source of 37 cases is still under investigation. 20 of the new cases were in the community for more than one day whilst infectious.

Find here, the locations of the cases in a list or a map.

In Greater Sydney the newly imposed restrictions include a ban on all construction work and the closure of non-essential retail outlets, excluding supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and liquor stores. 

Service NSW has opened applications for the COVID lockdown grant for small to medium businesses. Businesses that received previous COVID-19 small business grants, including the 2020 Small Business COVID-19 Support and Small Business Recovery grants can apply. Applications close at 11:59pm on 13 September 2021. For more information, visit the 2021 COVID-19 business grant – Guidelines

The current lockdown will be extended until 11:59 pm on Friday, 30 July.

Last 24 hours around Australia
  • Queensland records another day of zero community transmission.

  • A cargo ship carrying seven crew members with suspected COVID-19 symptoms has docked in Fremantle.

  • More than 800,000 Pfizer vaccine doses have arrived in Sydney and almost 100,000 in Melbourne.

The Eid al Adha (“Festival of the Sacrifice”) starts tonight.  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

COVID-19 MYTH:

Healthy young people are not affected by COVID-19. It only harms and kills old or sick people.

COVID-19 FACT:

The virus impacts older people and those with underlying conditions more heavily, but also harms and kills some healthy young people. 


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:

NSW 
Victoria 
Queensland 
South Australia 
ACT 
Western Australia 
Tasmania
Northern Territory 


Pandemic disaster payment information in each state and territory:

NSW 
Victoria 
Queensland 
South Australia 
ACT 
Western Australia 
Tasmania
Northern Territory

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