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COVID-19 update: In NSW, one unlinked case sends the regional town of Cowra into lockdown

The regional town of Cowra in NSW. Source: Getty Images/ The Image Bank RF

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 20 September 2021.


  • Cowra goes into lockdown from 5pm
  • In Victoria, thousands of vaccine appointments available
  • Pfizer bookings opened for children aged 12-15 in the ACT
  • One traveller tested positive to COVID in NT

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 935 new locally acquired cases and four deaths. Currently, 52.7 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated. 

In Cowra, a nine-year old boy has tested positive to COVID-19, and several exposure sites are listed. The regional town will go into lockdown effective from 5pm. Anyone who was in Cowra from 13 September is urged to "adhere to the stay-at-home requirements." The source of the infection in the town is unknown.

Fragments of the virus have been detected in sewage treatment plans in Dareton in far western NSW.

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Victoria

Victoria has recorded 567 new locally acquired cases and one death. 

Premier Daniel Andrews says there are 4,800 AstraZeneca and over 2,000 Pfizer vaccine appointments available. He also advises not to wait for more Pfizer due to a National Cabinet warning about availability of the Pfizer vaccine in October.

Find a vaccination centre near you.

Australian Capital Territory

The territory has recorded seven new locally acquired cases. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says 55 per cent of the eligible population have now received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Children aged 12 to 15 can now book a Pfizer appointment at a government-run vaccination clinic from today. 

Click here to book your COVID-19 vaccination.                                                                                             

Last 24 hours around Australia
  • One person tested positive to COVID-19 in the Northern Territory after transiting through Brisbane Airport

Quarantine, travel, testing clinics and pandemic disaster payment

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

NSW Travel & transport and Quarantine
VIC Travel permitOverseas travellers and Quarantine
ACT Transport and Quarantine
NT Travel and Quarantine
QLD Travel and Quarantine
SA Travel and Quarantine
TAS Travel and Quarantine
WA Travel and Quarantine

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:

NSW 
Victoria 
Queensland 
South Australia 
ACT 
Western Australia 
Tasmania
Northern Territory 


Pandemic disaster payment information in each state and territory:

NSW 
Victoria 
Queensland 
South Australia 
ACT 
Western Australia 
Tasmania
Northern Territory

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