The latest news on the current Delta strain outbreak affecting regional NSW and Victoria's Indigenous communities.
- Indigenous vaccination rates are lagging by 10-15% in both NSW and Victoria
- At least 20 regional NSW LGAs have had their lockdowns extended or introduced as of today
- Victoria records its highest ever daily case numbers, with 1438 new locally acquired cases
Vaccination rates among Indigenous people are still lagging behind the overall rates across the country.
According to data released by the Federal Department of Health yesterday, while approximately 63% of people aged 16 and over in NSW are fully vaccinated, that number drops to little over 47.5% for Indigenous people in the state. That’s a drop of over 15%.
Similarly in Victoria, where they’ve recently crossed over the 50% double dose vaccination rate, Victoria’s Indigenous population is still yet to reach 40%, with a little over 39.5% fully vaccinated.
The disparity in vaccination rates remains similar when looking at first dose vaccination rates both between states and Australia as a whole, lagging by around 14-15%.
In New South Wales there were 941 new cases of community transmission to 8pm last night, and 6 deaths.
The NSW government announced lockdown extensions and introductions for at least 20 regional LGAs until October 11. They are
- Broken Hill
- Central Coast
- Goulburn Mulwaree
- Lake Macquarie
- Port Stephens
- Snowy Monaro
It was also confirmed that the Mid-Western Regional, Hilltops and Walgett LGAs would have their stay-at-home orders lifted from tomorrow Friday October 1st as scheduled. As will the Central Darling Shire Council, with the exceptions of Wilcannia and Menindee.
The Western NSW Local Health District recorded 43 new cases overnight — 12 in Oberon, 7 in Bourke, 6 in Cowra, 4 in Dubbo, 4 in Wellington, 3 in Bathurst, 3 in Walgett, 2 in Narromine, 1 in Mudgee and 1 in Gulgong.
The Far West recorded 3 new cases, all of which were in Broken Hill.
In Victoria there were 1438 new locally acquired cases recorded to midnight last night, bringing the state’s total active cases to 11,018. There were also 5 deaths.
Victoria’s COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar has directly blamed a third of the cases, or approximately 500, on people breaking rules around gatherings and attending AFL Grand Final parties. He’s described it as a “significant setback” when it comes to reaching any sort of “freedom day” for the state.
Regional Victoria had 46 new cases — including 12 in Mitchell Shire, 6 in Moorabool, 5 in Shepparton, 4 in Warrnambool and 2 in Latrobe. The locations of the remaining 17 cases are yet to be announced.
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