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COVID-19 Update: Pressure mounts on Victoria’s healthcare system, Queensland to impose restrictions on parts of Tasmania

دانش‌آموزان یک مکتب در حال دریافت آزمایش آنتی‌ژن در ملبورن Source: AAP/James Ross

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 16 October 2021.

  •  Victoria reports 1,993 local cases
  • NSW records lowest daily tally in more than two months
  • ACT extends NSW postcodes which are no longer under travel restrictions
  • Southern Tasmania enters first full day of lockdown


Victoria recorded 1,993 local COVID-19 cases and seven deaths.

Victoria’s COVID-19 Commander, Jeroen Weimar, says a 15-year-old was among those who died, and had other health conditions along with COVID-19. 

The state is now managing more than 21,600 active cases. Today’s deaths bring Victoria's toll during the current outbreak to 138.

There are 163 in ICU with 160 of them on a ventilator.

More than 88.5 per cent of those over 16 have had their first dose of the vaccine, and 64.3 per cent have had second dose

Find a vaccination centre near you.

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 319 locally acquired cases, and two deaths. There were 66,311 tests undertaken in the reporting period.

The state is now rapidly approaching the 80 per cent double vaccination target, which will trigger further easing of restrictions. NSW Health revealed 78.8 per cent of people aged 16 and over have now had two doses of a vaccine.

Click to book your vaccine appointment today. 

 Last 24 hours around Australia
  • ACT reported 20 locally acquired cases, which is the lowest tally in 18 days.
  • Tasmania records no new COVID-19 case. Premier Peter Gutwein urges those in lockdown to follow the rules.
  • Queensland imposes restrictions for anyone who is travelling from certain parts of Tasmania, from 1am Sunday 17 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:

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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