The latest news on the current Delta strain outbreak affecting regional NSW and Victoria's Indigenous communities.
- NSW announces statewide lockdown exit strategy set to begin on October 11
- Geelong and Surf Coast LGAs come out of stay-at-home orders in Victoria
New South Wales has recorded 787 new cases of community transmission to 8pm last night, and 12 deaths.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian made major announcements regarding a three stage lockdown lift, expected to commence on Monday October 11. This is when NSW Health anticipates the state will reach 70% full-vaccination of those aged 16 and over.
It’s worth noting that the Department of Health’s most recently available data, from last Wednesday, suggests that double-dose vaccination rates among New South Wales’ Indigenous population is still approximately 12% lower than that overall rate.
For those under stay-at-home orders in the Kempsey LGA at the moment, the Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service is partnering in a ‘Super Saturday’ pop-up vaccination clinic this Saturday October 2nd. From 9.30am to 4.30pm both AstraZeneca and Pfizer will be available at the South Kempsey Neighbourhood Improvement Project in South Kempsey. It’s walk-in appointments, just bring your Medicare card and make sure to wear a mask.
The Western NSW Local Health District has recorded 24 new cases — 11 in Wellington, 5 in Dubbo, 4 in Cowra, 2 in Blayney, 1 in Narromine and 1 in Canowindra.
For updates regarding the Far West Local Health District, stay up-to-date with their Facebook page here.
The Far West Local Health District recorded 4 new cases, all of which were in Broken Hill.
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.
In Victoria there have been 705 new locally acquired cases to midnight last night, and one death, a man in his 70s from Darebin.
Regional Victoria has recorded 12 new cases — 4 in Macedon Ranges, 2 in Mitchell Shire, 2 in Geelong, 1 in Baw Baw and 1 in Ballarat.
Greater Geelong and Surf Coast are now back out of lockdown, with their stay-at-home orders being lifted as of midnight last night. This leaves just metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in the state’s lockdown.
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- News and information over 60 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus
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