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COVID-19 update: Melbourne Cup to host 10,000 spectators, as NSW prepares to reopen tomorrow

Wafanyakazi waandaa viti nje ya mgahawa mtupu, kwa kufunguliwa tena ndani ya jengo la QVB mjini Sydney. Source: AAP/DAN HIMBRECHTS

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 10 October 2021.

  • Melbourne Cup to allow 10,000 fully vaccinated spectators as part of Victoria trial 
  • NSW achieves 90 percent first dose vaccination target as the state prepares for reopening tomorrow
  • Health officials in three states on alert after a Victorian flight attendant flew on Virgin Airlines flights 


Victoria has recorded 1,890 new locally acquired COVID-19 infections and five deaths. Out of the 602 patients currently hospitalised, less than 7 per cent were fully vaccinated.

Tracing efforts across the state have been scaled back to focus on positive cases and primary contacts.

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a series of events as part of a large-scale trial of how the state's economy will run once it hits 80 per cent vaccination thresholds.

Melbourne will host a live music concert on October 30 with a 'few thousand patrons'.

The Melbourne Cup will be held on November 2, with 10,000 fully vaccinated spectators.

Find a vaccination centre near you.

New South Wales  

New South Wales recorded 477 new locally acquired cases and six deaths.

The state has achieved its 90 per cent first dose vaccination target for residents aged over 16.

72.8 per cent of residents aged over 16 are now fully vaccinated.

NSW Health's sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the coronavirus in samples collected from Uralla in the Hunter New England region.

Click to book your vaccine appointment today. 

Last 24 hours around Australia

  • Queensland records no cases of COVID-19.
  • The ACT has recorded 30 new cases, 16 are linked and the rest are under investigation.
  • Health officials in three states are on alert after a Victorian flight attendant worked on return Virgin Airline flights between Melbourne and Adelaide, Sydney and Newcastle while infectious from 4 to 6 October.
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:

South Australia 
Western Australia 
Northern Territory 

Pandemic disaster payment information in each state and territory:

South Australia 
Western Australia 
Northern Territory

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