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COVID-19 Update: NSW Health reduces the quarantine time for healthcare staff

The Exterior of St Vincents Hospital is seen at Darlinghurst in Sydney, Monday, December 27, 2021. Source: AAP/Mick Tsikas

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 28 December 2021.

  • NSW Health has reduced the quarantine time for healthcare staff who are now able to leave isolation and return to work after seven days instead of 14.
  • St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney admitted to two testing blunders in as many days, revealing on Monday almost 1,000 people were told they were COVID-negative when in fact their results had not been returned.
  • Queensland’s travel requirements are causing an overwhelming backlog of queues for PCR testing according to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard who slammed what he described as "tourism testing". 
  • The Health minister Yvette D’Ath announced Queensland will scrap the day five test for people who have travelled from interstate, although border pass applications still required travellers to agree to the test.
  • In Western Australia, The Perth and Peel regions will continue with targeted public health and social measures until 6:00am, Tuesday 4 January, 2022.
  • Yesterday, Australia surpassed the 10,000 new COVID-19 infections in one day milestone, spurred by high case numbers in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, with NSW registering its first known Omicron fatality.

New South Wales has recorded 6,062 new cases of COVID-19 and one death, while Victoria has reported 2,738 new infections and four fatalities.

Queensland has recorded 1,158 community cases, with six people in hospital receiving care for COVID symptoms.

Tasmania has recorded 43 new COVID-19 cases.

For measures currently in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in your language, visit here

Quarantine and restrictions state by state:

Find out what you can and can't do in your state or territory


Information for international travellers and Covid-19 and travel information in language

Financial help

There are changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment once states reach 70 and 80 per cent fully vaccinated:  Getting help during Covid-19 from Services Australia in language.

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 

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