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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: It’s another big day of #COVID19 news across the country so let’s quickly bring you up to speed on what you need to know….#AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.19: That’s the number that’s immensely important because it overwhelmingly leads to people having their second dose, and that’s very heartening,” Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says #COVID19 latest news: New South Wales records 452 cases, Victoria reports 24 during Melbourne’s extended lockdown story will be updated frequently …..

More than 10 million Australians have had their first vaccine jab

Mr Hunt said 279,465 people received a COVID-19 vaccine dose on Monday.

“We believe that’s the highest number, not just during the COVID vaccination program, but at any point in Australia’s history for vaccinations in a single day,” he said.

NSW records 452 new local cases, one death

A woman talking with a white background.
Gladys Berejiklian is calling on people aged over 70 to get vaccinated.(ABC News)

Here’s how today’s stats break down:

  • 129 were linked to a known case or cluster
  • The sources of the other 323 are still being investigated
  • 30 cases were infectious in the community
  • 24 were in isolation for part of their infectious period
  • The isolation status of 297 remains under investigation

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 75 per cent of the state’s cases were in people under 40. 

“That’s why those extra jabs we receive from the Commonwealth will be put straight into the arms of 16 to 39-year-olds in the local government areas of concern,” she said.

The Premier also warned that September and October, before vaccination targets are hit, “will be our most challenging months”. 

There were 152,000 tests conducted yesterday.

A woman in her 70s died from COVID-19 at Westmead Hospital. She was not vaccinated.

There have now been 5.2 million vaccinations across the state.

Read the story.

The ACT has recorded 17 new local cases

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Andrew Barr says browsing in hardware stores “is not essential”.(ABC News)

That brings the total number of active cases in the territory to 45. None of them are in hospital.

A total of 7,380 tests were conducted yesterday, an all-time record for the territory.

Eight of the new cases are still under investigation, with three currently unlinked. Over 7,500 people are quarantining at home.

Yesterday, ACT Health authorities announced a two-week extension to the Canberra lockdown, after a large number of cases were reported in the previous 24 hours.

All non-essential businesses, including shops, will stay closed.

Read the story.

Victoria has recorded 24 new locally acquired coronavirus cases

Here’s how today’s stats break down:

  • 21 of the cases have been linked to known outbreaks
  • 14 were in isolation throughout their infectious period
  • There were 31,519 tests conducted
  • There were 25,741 vaccines administered.

Premier Daniel Andrews said Monday’s testing rate of 31,519 was “not high enough”, calling for more to get tested.

An engagement party held in the St Kilda East area was recently highlighted by the Premier as a breach of the rules that had resulted in some transmission.

Department of Health deputy secretary Kate Matson today confirmed there had been five positive cases linked to the gathering, in addition to the original positive case who attended.

Read the story.

No new cases in the Northern Territory 

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All non-essential permits to enter or stay on Aboriginal land have been suspended for the duration of the lockdown.(ABC Radio Darwin: Conor Byrne)

The NT carried out more than 1,800 tests yesterday, and none of them came back positive.

The Greater Darwin and Katherine regions entered a snap three-day lockdown yesterday after a man in his 30s tested positive after spending time in Katherine and Darwin.

Several key close contacts of the man have tested negative, and he has since tested positive again.

The lockdown is currently scheduled to finish at midday on Thursday.

Read the story.

Queensland recorded one new case in home quarantine

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young
Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a new Ekka public holiday after it was delayed due to COVID-19.(AAP Image: Dan Peled)

One new local COVID-19 case is linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and in home isolation. There was also a case detected in hotel quarantine.

More than 14,000 vaccines have been delivered in the past day in Queensland and more than 10,000 tests conducted.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced the postponed Ekka public holiday will now be held on October 29.

The government hopes the long weekend will help the south-east’s ailing tourism industry.

Read the story.

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If you’re vaccinated, how protected are you from catching COVID-19?(ABC News)

Tasmania eases border restrictions with Queensland LGAs

The Tasmanian government will downgrade the risk status for 13 Queensland LGAs to low risk from midnight, paving the way for a return to quarantine-free travel.

It means all of Queensland will be considered low risk to Tasmania, with the exception of specific premises which have been outlined as exposure sites.

The current restrictions Tasmania has on NSW, Victoria, ACT and NT remain in place.

“While we have no cases in Tasmania, we remain under constant threat to the risk,” Premier Peter Gutwein said.

There were no cases detected in Tasmania to 6:00pm last night from 638 tests.

No changes to South Australian restrictions or border policies

The state’s COVID-19 Transition Committee was particularly concerned about a case in Broken Hill, NSW and will monitor the situation in the NT.

SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the committee was likely to meet again in a week’s time, to discuss any possible changes.

“Particularly with our borders and as they relate to Queensland, we are concerned about activity in Broken Hill and the impact it may have on regional and vulnerable communities in South Australia,” he said.

There were no new cases of COVID-19 announced in South Australia. 

WA records zero new cases

WA Health announced no new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday.

The state is currently monitoring three active case, none of which are in hospital. 

A seafarer from the MV Darya Krishna remains in hospital in a stable condition in Perth, however he was cleared of having COVID-19. 

Now, let’s get into international coronavirus news. 

New Zealand goes into lockdown after recording first community case since February

Jacinda Ardern standing at a lectern before a New Zealand flag
“Going hard and early has worked for us before,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.(AP: Mark Mitchell)

All of New Zealand will go into a snap three-day lockdown from 11:59pm after confirming one case of COVID-19 in the community.

The case was confirmed in the most populous city, Auckland, earlier today, and that city and the Coromandel Peninsula face a longer lockdown, a total of seven days.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “We’ve seen the dire consequences of taking too long to act in other countries, not least our neighbours.”

Read the story.

New York City will begin requiring proof of vaccination at public venues

A woman with a face mask walks past a New York city backdrop.
There are exceptions for children under 12, who are not yet eligible for vaccination.(AP: John Minchillo)

New Yorkers will have to prove they have been vaccinated if they want to dine at an indoor restaurant, work out at a gym or stroll through a museum.

The list of public venues widened on Monday as Mayor Bill de Blasio moved forward with an unprecedented move by the US’s largest city to goad more people into getting vaccinated and control a pandemic that has wrought havoc on the economy and people’s day-to-day lives.

While the new requirement goes into effect Tuesday (local time), enforcement won’t begin until September 13, to give the public and employees more time to receive at least the required first shot.

COVID cases and deaths continue to climb in India and Mexico

India reported 25,166 new coronavirus cases, taking its tally of infections to 32.25 million, health ministry data showed on Tuesday (local time).

The country also recorded 437 more deaths, taking the total to 432,079.

Meanwhile, Mexico registered 7,172 new COVID-19 infections and 272 more deaths, health ministry data showed on Monday (local time). 

It brings the total number of cases in the country to 3,108,438 and the death toll to 248,652.

Serbia will start administering third, or booster, doses of vaccines

A man is seated as a person in PPE equipment administers a vaccine shot to him.
Serbia currently has access to four COVID-19 vaccines; Pfizer, China’s Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Russia’s Sputnik V.(Reuterts: Marko Djurica)

Serbians will get booster doses if they have gone at least six months since their last jab.

The Balkan country is facing a surge in infections, with an average of more than 900 cases a day in the past week due to the Delta variant. More than half of its population of around 7 million is vaccinated.

Initially, heath authorities will contact people with weakened immune systems, the elderly, medical workers and those whose jobs require frequent travel.

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