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COVID-19 update: NSW cases grow, SA on track to end lockdown

Protesters march along Broadway during the World Wide Rally For Freedom anti-lockdown rally at Hyde Park in Sydney, Saturday, July 24, 2021. Source: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 24 July 2021.

  • NSW cases on the rise.  
  • Anti-lockdown protesters march in Sydney and Melbourne. 
  • Victoria declares all  of NSW a COVID-19 "extreme risk zone”.
  • South Australia is on track to end week-long lockdown. 

New South Wales  

NSW has recorded 163 new locally acquired cases, the highest number of daily new infections since the Delta outbreak began in June. NSW Police issued 246 fines to people for breaching public health orders. The death toll of the current Delta outbreak is now six.  
Heightened restrictions are now in place for two addition local government areas in western Sydney, Cumberland and Blacktown. Only authorised workers can leave these areas. 

Find here, the updated list of exposure sites.  


Victoria has recorded 12 new locally acquired cases, with only two in the community while infectious. 

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton made the "extreme risk zone" declaration for all of NSW late on Friday, effective from 11.59pm

Find here, the locations of the cases in a list or a map. The current lockdown will be extended until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 27 July.  

Last 24 hours around Australia 
  • SA Premier Steven Marshall says the state is on track and likely to come out of lockdown on Tuesday with schools opening on Wednesday .
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison can't commit to an immediate increase of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for New South Wales. 
  • Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters breached COVID-19 restrictions and gathered in Sydney and Melbourne.


Healthy young people are not affected by COVID-19. It only harms and kills old or sick people.


The virus impacts older people and those with underlying conditions more heavily, but also harms and kills some healthy young people. 


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 NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service's translated:

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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