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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: Cases rise across the states as NSW records 830, with Victoria 65, and ACT records 19 as numbers keep rising see details for your area below #AceHealthDesk report

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says #COVID19 Latest News: NSW records its worst day of the COVID-19 pandemic so far against a backdrop of curfews, police and protests with 830 new local cases, Victoria records 65 cases so if you want tokeep upto date with all the coronavirus case numbers updates check back here ….

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New South Wales has recorded 830 new cases with at least 69 people were in the community during their infectious periods and Health Minister Brad Hazzard confirmed three more COVID-related deaths.

A man in his 60s died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, a man in his 80s also died, and a woman aged in her 80s died at Wollongong Hospital: NSW has delivered 750,000 doses of the vaccine in the past seven days.

Another 65 cases for locked-down Victoria as the numbers include 21 cases in the Shepparton area as the Shepparton outbreak sparked the lockdown of regional Victoria yesterday afternoon.

The new cases were identified from 44,147 test results received yesterday.

Fifty-five of the new cases are linked, 10 are under investigation.

There were 26,149 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites.

Zero-case day in Queensland and they have recorded another day of zero community COVID cases, and no cases in hotel quarantine. Just 39 cases remain active and in 24 hours, 9,918 tests were completed across the state.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said 2,715 vehicles were intercepted under new border restrictions requiring essential workers to have at least one vaccine dose before entering from New South Wales: He said 142 vehicles were turned away, 12 of those were essential workers who had not received a vaccination.

ACT records 19 new locally acquired cases and six of the new cases were infectious in the community and 17 cases are linked with the Territory having 121 active COVID-19 cases.

A cluster of 10 to 12 cases has been identified in the Territory’s disability community, which includes people with disabilities and disability support workers.

Delta outbreak grows in New Zealand and has recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19, as the Delta outbreak linked to a traveller from Sydney continues to grow with new cases bringing the country’s total number of active cases to 72 with one million New Zealanders having now been fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the nationwide lockdown, due to end on Tuesday night, will probably have to be extended. 

WA has reported no new cases however a cargo ship carrying 16 crew members suspected to be infected with COVID-19 is due to arrive in Perth tomorrow.

The grain carrier, which was last at port in Thailand, is due to arrive at Cockburn Sound off the cost of Perth at 1:00am. 

“The authorities have instructed the ship to sail for Cockburn Sound where we can do a better analysis of the people,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said.

He said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority wanted the ship to stay for “a period of time”.

Tasmania will reopen to all of the NT from midnight tonight following the lifting of the lockdown in Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine as no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in either Tasmania or the NT today.

Tasmania has now designated the NT a low-risk area: Tasmania’s border will remain closed to all of New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT and New Zealand.

South Australia records no new cases and there are just two active cases remaining in the state with a total of 4,502 tests were conducted in SA yesterday.

PROTEST NEWS: Eight arrested as 1,000 gather on NSW-Queensland border to protest #COVID19 restrictions

New South Wales Police say eight people were arrested and more than 50 infringement notices issued during a protest on the NSW-Queensland border on Sunday.

Those who crossed the border between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta were likely to be charged, police said.

Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliot said most NSW residents were “sick and tired of the abhorrent actions of the minority”.

“We have seen this sort of behaviour result in further lockdowns — the very thing these individuals are protesting against,” he said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we risk seeing lockdowns extended, affecting the entirety of NSW, because of actions such as what we’ve seen this afternoon.

“This is such a critical time for communities to adhere to the health orders and to limit movement.

“Actions like what we have seen this afternoon pose a significant risk to the community.”

A man gestures as he rides a white horse through a seaside town.
Anger and confusion has been ramping up since the Delta strain sent NSW into lockdown.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

The ABC estimated that about 1,000 people attended the Tweed Heads protest, including a man riding a horse, in the latest of a series of mass, anti-lockdown gatherings in the country’s south-east.

Tweed/Byron Police District Commander Superintendent David Roptell said police were “taking the threat of unauthorised protest activity extremely seriously”.

“It is disappointing that people in our community continue to put others’ lives in danger by attending mass gatherings in the current climate,” he said.

“It is in the best interest of the health and safety of everyone across the state and around Australia, to comply with the Public Health Orders, so we may see the end of lockdown.

“Further inquiries will be made to identify those who were in attendance at today’s protest and appropriate action will be taken.”

People on bikes, or holding baskets and signs walk along a street.
About 1,000 people gathered at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta to protest COVID restrictions.(Supplied: Kimberley Bernard)

‘Direct attack on my freedom’

Up to 50 police were monitoring the mostly peaceful protest, few in the crowd were wearing masks and many were seen hugging and kissing.

Mark Westley from the Tweed area was among the crowd and said the public health directives were a “disgrace”.

“It’s a direct attack on my freedom of liberty, freedom to move,” he said.

“It’s affecting people’s businesses and social lives.”

A large crowd of protesters stand facing a line of police on a sunny day in NSW.
Hundreds have taken to the streets to protest border restrictions in northern NSW.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

Mr Westley said it was a “direct challenge” to the fabric of Australia.

“This will be the break-up of the Commonwealth of Australia, it will be the fragmentation of Australia into disparate, fighting, disputing groups and the end of democracy as we know it,” he said.

John from West Tweed said crossing the border was part of daily life in his community.

“To stop people being able to do that — particularly in the situation where there’s no cases in our area — is hypocrisy,” he said.

There are no active cases listed for northern NSW but a man and his two teenage children tested positive in Byron Bay after travelling there from Sydney last month.

COVID was detected in the Byron Bay sewage system on Tuesday but no new cases have been found.

Police officers stand in front of a large crowd of protesters.
Scores of police are at the protest.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

‘Really, really distressing’

Kelsey from Pottsville said the border restrictions meant she could no longer provide for her family.

“I was working [across the border] and now my source of income has been cut off, so I’m forced to be dependent on the government,” she said.

“It’s really, really distressing and we’re angry — we’re angry about our government.”

She said a border bubble was the ideal solution.

“They did it initially, we should be doing it now,” she said.

A man rides a horse through a large crowd in a seaside area.
Protesters say COVID-19 restrictions are causing deep divisions.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

‘Riskiest place right now’

The protest follows demonstrations in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne over the past few days and comes against the backdrop of NSW’s worst day so far with 830 locally acquired cases — the highest number recorded by any Australian jurisdiction in a 24-hour period.

Queensland’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles says the protests are “shameful and reckless”.

“That’s not the kind of behaviour Queenslanders do, it’s very un-Queensland like,” he said.

“We’ve gotten through this because Queenslanders have done the right thing, we’ve kept each other safe,” he said.Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from August 22 with a look back at our blog

The Deputy Premier said the border was at the most risk of infection due to the worsening situation in NSW.

“The border is our riskiest place right now,” he said.

“By having a protest there, we make the jobs of our police harder, they put their own safety at risk as well as the safety of the community and I’m frankly pretty disgusted.”

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