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COVID-19 Update: Australia records highest daily cases after NSW numbers spike

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This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 16 December 2021.

  • Australia records its highest daily number of cases since the start of the pandemic. 
  • NSW records its highest daily number of cases with almost a third of them in the Hunter New England region. 
  • Another pub in Newcastle was listed as an exposure site by NSW Health and has shut its doors.
  • NSW presents a budget deficit of $19.5 billion, reflecting the cost of the pandemic to the public coffers. 
  • Queensland's Health Minister Yvette D'ath says residents should know how to act sensibly in the face of a growing COVID-19 outbreak in the state. 
  • Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins will miss the Adelaide Test after being confirmed as a close contact. 
  • New Zealand reaches a 90 per cent double vaccination rate. 


Victoria recorded 1,622 locally acquired cases and nine deaths.
NSW recorded 1,742 new community cases. 
Queensland recorded 22 new cases, 18 are locally acquired.
The ACT recorded 11 cases and Tasmania one. 

For measures currently in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in your language, visit here

Quarantine and restrictions state by state:

Find out what you can and can't do in your state or territory


Information for international travellers and Covid-19 and travel information in language

Financial help

There are changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment once states reach 70 and 80 per cent fully vaccinated:  Getting help during Covid-19 from Services Australia in language

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 

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