This is your update on COVID-19 in Australia for February 18.
- The figures show the mortality rate for people born in the Middle East was more than ten times that of people born in Australia.
- After two years of restricted inbound travel, Australia will reopen to overseas tourists from next week, but Australia’s biggest source of tourism, China, will be missing.
- A further 38 people have died with COVID-19 in Australia.
- In New South Wales, singing and dancing will be allowed across most venues, the two-metre density limit for indoor venues has been scrapped, and QR check-ins are now only required for nightclubs and music festivals with more than 1,000 patrons.
- The requirement to wear face masks will also cease in most settings next Friday, in NSW.
- In Victoria, from 6pm on Friday, hospitality and entertainment venues density quotas will be scrapped, along with QR code check-in requirements for retail, schools and workplaces.
- QR check-ins will still be required in pubs, bars, restaurants and entertainment premises to help ensure those attending are double-vaccinated in Victoria.
- In the ACT, density limits across all businesses will be removed from 6pm on Friday, while dancing is also allowed once again.
- Bans on eating or drinking at hospitality venues while standing has also been removed, while the government has indicated a return to the workplace can take place for employees where possible, in the ACT.
- Hospital visiting hours have been reduced to just two hours twice a day across all public hospitals in Perth in response to growing COVID-19 cases in WA.
- South Australia's public health chief says dancing in public settings will stay all but banned for the time being, despite other states relaxing similar restrictions in recent days.
COVID-19 Australian Stats
New South Wales reported 1,381 patients hospitalised with 92 in intensive care. There were 15 deaths, and 9,243 new cases of COVID-19.
In Victoria, 451 people are in hospital with 64 in ICU and 16 on ventilators. There were 14 deaths and 6,935 new infections.
In Queensland, there were 5,795 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths. There are 408 patients with COVID-19 in hospital, with a total number of 34 patients in intensive care.
Tasmania has recorded no deaths with 623 new COVID-19 cases. 11 people are in hospital with COVID-19, two of them in ICU.
In the ACT 45 people are now in hospital with COVID-19, with 2 patients in intensive care. No death has been reported with 561 new cases.
In South Australia 1,479 new cases and no death has been recorded. 177 patients positive to COVID-19 are now in the state's hospitals, 13 of them in ICU.
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- News and information over 60 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus
- Relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania.
- Information about the COVID-19 vaccine in your language.