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COVID-19 update: Victoria to roll out rapid antigen tests

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley (left) and Victorian COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar in Melbourne, Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Source: AAP/James Ross

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 6 October 2021.

  • Victoria set to purchase 2.2 million rapid antigen tests
  • NSW establishes new financial hardship business support
  • Over 66 per cent of Canberrans over 12 fully vaccinated
  • Zero new locally acquired cases in Queensland


Victoria has recorded 1,420 new locally acquired cases. Eleven people have died, bringing the toll of COVID-related deaths in the current outbreak to 68.

The government plans to roll out 2.2 million rapid antigen tests throughout the healthcare system, before being expanded into "particularly risky settings" including schools, emergency services and more.

Health Minister Martin Foley says that over 90,000 Victorians were vaccinated yesterday, making up more than half of the vaccines delivered nationwide on Tuesday 5, October. 

Find a vaccination centre near you.

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 594 new locally acquired cases and ten deaths. 

A new Hardship Review Panel has been established to consider financial support for businesses experiencing financial hardship that do not qualify for COVID-19 business support measures.

The panel will assess on a case-by-case basis businesses which did not meet the eligibility requirements for the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant, Micro-business Grant and JobSaver payments.

Click to book your vaccine appointment today.

Australian Capital Territory

The territory has recorded 28 locally acquired cases and one death. 

One infant has tested positive in the special care nursery of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. 

There are currently 395 active cases in the ACT. 

Click here to book your COVID-19 vaccination.   

Last 24 hours around Australia

  • Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is urging residents from Ipswich, Logan, Beaudesert and the Sunshine Coast to get vaccinated as Brisbane is slowly approaching 70 per cent first dose rate.

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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