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Daily COVID-19 Update 22 September 2021: NSW and Victoria

New South Wales records 1035 new cases, meanwhile Victoria records 638 as Ballarat is set to exit lockdown. Source: Getty Images

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

  • NSW records 1035 new cases of community transmission
  • Ballarat to exit lockdown at midnight tonight
  • Victoria records 628 new locally acquired cases


New South Wales has recorded 1035 new cases of community transmission to 8pm last night, and 5 deaths. This includes two people at Wollongong hospital, a woman in her 80s from Wollongong, and a man in his 70s from Kiama.

The Western NSW Local Health district recorded 9 new cases overnight — 4 in Dubbo, 3 in Wellington, and 2 in Walgett.

Health District CEO Scott MacLachlan also confirmed details of another death in an aged care facility that will be included in tomorrow’s numbers. The woman who passed away was in her 90s, and a resident of St Mary’s Villa.

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 recorded 3 new cases, all 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 628 new locally acquired cases today, and a further three deaths in metropolitan Melbourne.

Regional Victoria had 11 new cases — 4 in Mitchell Shire, 2 in Geelong, 2 in Moorabool, 1 in Macedon Ranges, 1 in Wangaratta and 1 in East Gippsland. However, the East Gippsland case is just someone whose residential address is in East Gippsland. They’re currently residing in NSW, and also acquired COVID in NSW.

Deputy Premier James Merlino confirmed that the Ballarat lockdown would be coming to an end at midnight tonight. Health officials have said that they believe they’ve got the virus under control in the area. Ballarat will rejoin the rest of regional Victoria in their less strict public health measures. A reminder that masks are still mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public venues.

Melbourne has also been affected by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake at 9.15 this morning. The epicentre was near the town of Mansfield, 130km north-east of Melbourne’s CBD. It’s so far resulted in 46 reports of building damage.

Additionally, protests continue in the CBD for a third day over the government’s two-week shutdown and vaccine mandate for the construction industry.

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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