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COVID-19 update: NSW accelerates its reopening, Victoria eases border restrictions

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet addresses media during a press conference in Sydney, Thursday, October 7, 2021. Source: AAP

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 7 October 2021.

  • Victoria focuses on disability vaccination rate
  • NSW hits 70 per cent double vaccination target
  • ACT on track to become one of the most vaccinated cities in the world


Victoria has recorded 1,638 new locally acquired cases and two deaths. 

From today, red zone areas that are not locked down in New South Wales and the ACT are re-classified as orange zones, allowing thousands of stranded Victorians to apply for a return home.

From tomorrow, 8 October, people with a disability can get vaccinated without a booking at state vaccination hubs. The state will also launch ten dedicated disability pop-up vaccination hubs in areas of concern. 

Find a vaccination centre near you.

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 587 new locally acquired cases and eight deaths.

Premier Dominic Perrottet announced changes to the state's reopening plan after it reached the 70 per cent double vaccination milestone. 

From Monday, 11 October, indoor home gatherings will double to 10 visitors (not counting children) and outdoor gatherings will increase from 20 to 30. 

Caps on outdoor weddings and funerals will double to 100. Indoor pools will also reopen.

Click to book your vaccine appointment today.

Australian Capital Territory

The territory has recorded 41 locally acquired cases. 

The ACT has become the first jurisdiction in the country to pass the 96 per cent first dose mark for people aged 12 years and over.

Click here to book your COVID-19 vaccination.  

Last 24 hours around Australia

  • Queensland has recorded another day of zero community transmission. 

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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