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'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
Healthy young people are not affected by COVID-19. It only harms and kills old or sick people.
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:
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
- 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.
Testing clinics in each state and territory:
Pandemic disaster payment information in each state and territory: