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Daily COVID-19 Update 23 September 2021: NSW and Victoria

New South Wales records 1063 new cases of community transmission, meanwhile Victoria records 766 locally acquired cases, its highest ever daily total. Source: Getty Images

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

  • Dubbo records no new cases for the first time since the current outbreak began
  • Orange, Glen Innes and Narromine LGAs to come out of lockdown over the next two days
  • Victoria records it's highest ever single daily case number of 766 locally acquired cases


New South Wales has recorded 1063 new cases of community transmission to 8pm last night, and 6 deaths. This includes the Dubbo woman in her 90s whose passing was announced yesterday.

The Western NSW Local Health District recorded 11 new cases — 5 in Cowra, 3 in Wellington, 2 in Bourke and 1 in Bathurst. This is the first day since the Delta strain reached Dubbo that they’ve recorded no new cases.

Health District CEO Scott MacLachlan confirmed that the 5 cases in Cowra were all children aged under 10, and suggested they’d likely caught it at the same event, likely at school or on a school bus. They’re being treated at home.

The district has several LGAs that have either come out of lockdown overnight or will have their stay-at-home orders lifted in coming days.

The Brewarrina and Gilgandra LGAs are out of lockdown as of midnight last night, Orange will join them at midnight tonight, and Narromine will be out of lockdown at midnight on Friday night.

Other LGAs in the state that have come out of lockdown overnight include Lismore and Albury, with the Glen Innes Severn LGA set to exit at midnight tonight.

However the Hilltops LGA, which went into lockdown at the same time as Glen Innes, has had its lockdown extended for another week.

The Far West Local Health District recorded 7 new cases — 6 in Broken Hill and 1 in Wilcannia.


In Victoria there have been 766 new locally acquired cases overnight, the highest ever recorded daily case numbers for the state. This brings the state’s total active cases to 6666, and there were 4 deaths.

Regional Victoria had 21 new cases — 8 in Mitchell Shire, 5 in Macedon Ranges, 4 in Moorabool, 1 in Ballarat, 1 in Bendigo, 1 in Mildura and 1 in Surf Coast.

Victoria’s COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar has stated that 55% of new cases are occurring within households where there’s already a known case. So if you’re out and about and you catch it, the risk to your family or household becomes very high.

Quarantine, travel, testing clinics and pandemic disaster payment

Quarantine and testing requirements are managed and enforced by state and territory governments:

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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:

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