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Daily COVID-19 Update 21 September 2021: NSW and Victoria

New South Wales records 1022 new cases of community transmission, while Victoria records 603 new locally acquired cases amidst protests in Melbourne's CBD. Source: Getty Images

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

  • Kempsey, Tweed and Byron LGAs to enter immediate 7-day lockdown from 5pm today
  • Victoria reaches 6000 total active cases in the state as protests continue in Melbourne's CBD


New South Wales recorded 1022 new cases of community transmission to 8pm last night, and a further 10 deaths.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced at today’s 11am press conference that three more Local Government Areas would be entering an immediate 7-day lockdown from 5pm today. They are the Tweed, Byron and Kempsey LGAs.

For mob in the area, Kempsey’s Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service announced last Friday that they’ve reverted to no face-to-face consults unless specifically requested by a health professional. This’ll be until at least October 1st, so do not present to the service as a walk-in patient without calling first.

The Western NSW Local Health District recorded 7 new cases overnight — 4 in Dubbo, 1 in Walgett, 1 in Cowra and 1 in Mudgee.

Health District CEO Scott MacLachlan confirmed that the new Cowra case is as yet unlinked to yesterday’s positive case in Cowra. This has raised questions and concerns about how and where the virus has spread, so everyone is urged to get tested if you can.

State Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders announced that surveillance testing is now available throughout the entire health district. This means that you can get tested, and if you’re not experiencing symptoms, you do not have to isolate while you wait for the results. You can continue to work, or go grocery shopping, those types of essential activities.

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.

The Far West Local Health District had 6 new cases — 5 in Wilcannia and 1 in Broken Hill.

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


Onto Victoria where there were 603 new locally acquired cases to midnight last night, bringing the state’s total active cases to 6000. There was also one death, a woman in her 70s from Hume.

There were 10 new cases in regional Victoria — 3 in Mitchell Shire, 3 in Moorabool, 1 in Ballarat, 1 in Geelong, 1 in Macedon Ranges and 1 in Bass Coast.

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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