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Daily COVID-19 Update 20 September 2021: NSW and Victoria

New South Wales recorded 935 new cases of community transmission, meanwhile Victoria recorded 567 new locally acquired cases. Source: Getty Images

The latest news on the current Delta strain outbreak affecting regional NSW and Victoria's Indigenous communities.

  • New South Wales records under 1000 daily cases for the first time in over 3 weeks
  • Cowra LGA returns to stay-at-home orders due to a positive case and sewage detection
  • Regional Victoria records 14 new cases as Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire enter a snap lockdown


New South Wales has recorded 935 new cases of community transmission to 8pm last night. It’s the first time the state’s recorded under 1000 cases in over three weeks, since August 27. 

However, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned against celebrating the numbers too much, as the corresponding pressure on the healthcare system tends to lag behind the daily case numbers by around two weeks.

The Western NSW Local Health District has recorded 10 new cases — 6 in Dubbo, 3 in Walgett and 1 in Cowra.

The case in Cowra has prompted a return to stay-at-home orders for the Cowra LGA, commencing at 5pm today, Monday September 20. The snap lockdown will last for seven days.

The positive case in Cowra was a member of a family not from Cowra, and is believed to be unlinked to sewage detection in the area. This has given NSW Health reason to believe there may be more positive cases yet to be detected, hence the stay-at-home orders.

For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 vaccination clinic times and dates in the district, as well as locations for testing, visit the Western New South Wales Local Health District website.

There were two new cases in the Far West Local Health District, both of which were in Broken Hill.

For updates regarding the Far West Local Health District, stay up-to-date with their Facebook page here.


In Victoria there were 567 new locally acquired cases to midnight last night, as well as one death, of a woman in her 70s from Moreland. Victoria’s total active cases now sit at 5675.

Regional Victoria recorded 14 new cases — 5 in Ballarat, 3 in Mitchell Shire, 2 in Moorabool, 1 in Moira, 1 in Mount Alexander, 1 in South Gippsland and 1 in the Macedon Ranges. There were no new cases recorded in either Geelong or the Surf Coast. 

This comes after Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire entered a 7-day lockdown as of 11.59pm on Sunday night.

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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