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#CoronavirusNewsDesk says #COVID19 Near You: South Australia, Victoria and NSW in lockdown as Queensland contact tracers work to prevent outbreak

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Posted Tue 20 Jul 2021 at 10:31pm, updated Wed 21 Jul 2021 at 8:52am

Three states across Australia in lockdown, and Queensland contact tracers working to prevent another outbreak from seeding.

Here’s what’s happening with COVID-19 across Australia by state and territory.

We’ll be updating this story throughout the day as case numbers are released and we hear from health officials (so don’t worry if you can’t see your state or territory yet).

  • New South Wales
  • South Australia
  • Victoria
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Queensland
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • Tasmania

ABC NEWS: Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from July 23 with a look back at our blog

New South Wales:

NSW recorded 110 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.

A total of 43 people were infectious while in the community.

Sydney's usually bustling Barangaroo business district is deserted, with a single man in the distance.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the tough penalty in a bid to reduce movement and the spread of the COVID-19 Delta strain.(ABC News: John Gunn)

From today, employers who prevent their staff from working from home will face an on-the-spot fine of $10,000.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the tough penalty in a bid to reduce movement and the spread of the COVID-19 Delta strain.

The direction will be in place until the Greater Sydney lockdown ends on July 30.

Case numbers: 110 locally acquired cases

Press conference: 11:00am AEST

South Australia:

South Australia held a second press conference announcing six new cases connected to clusters, adding to the one case announced earlier. South Australians are now under a 2.5km exercise limit. Here’s where that gets you — and the reasons you can go furtherSouth

South Australian authorities have imposed a 2.5-kilometre travel limit on residents during the state’s lockdown. Here’s where you can go, and what the few exceptions to the rule are.

Health authorities said five of the cases were at the Tenafeate Creek Winery in Yattalunga, north of Adelaide, which was visited by someone with COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon.

The sixth new case is a young child under five, who attended the Greek on Halifax restaurant in Adelaide’s CBD on Saturday night.

The six cases announced on Wednesday afternoon will be counted in Thursday’s figures.

A number of new exposure locations have been released, including the Gawler and District B to 12 School, north of Adelaide.

An infected person attended that school on Monday.

It brings the number of people infected in the latest cluster to 12.

Earlier, South Australia recorded a new case of COVID–19 overnight – taking the current cluster to six.

The woman in her 20s works at The Greek on Halifax restaurant where the fifth case originated yesterday.

She was there at the same time as the fifth and sixth cases, and also visited the Burnside Village shopping centre that has been named as an exposure site.

She also worked at Westminster School in Marion and attended training on a pupil-free day yesterday.

It comes as South Australians woke up to their first of seven days of hard lockdown.You can stay up to date with the list of exposure sites on the SA Health website.

Case numbers: 1

Press conference: 11:00am ACST (11:30am AEST)

Victoria:

Victoria has recorded 22 new local COVID-19 cases as the state begins its second week of lockdown.

An additional case was detected in hotel quarantine.There are seven key exposure areas Victorian authorities are focussed on. Here’s why they matterVictoria’s lockdown is continuing for another seven days and what happens in the key exposure sites will have a big role in determining whether or not it ends then.Read more

The new infections are all linked to known outbreaks, which now stand at 107 active cases.

The ABC also understands a mystery case that emerged yesterday at Roxburgh Park has now been linked to a known outbreak.

Meanwhile, from 11:59pm tonight, those travelling from South Australia will not be permitted to enter Victoria, after the state was also plunged into a seven-day lockdown.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has advised the state will cease issuing red zone permits for at least two weeks from this time, meaning even Victorian residents will be unable to enter.You can stay up to date on the border restrictions here.

Case numbers: 22 local cases, 1 acquired overseas

Press conference: TBA

Queensland

Queensland recorded no new locally acquired cases overnight and one new case in hotel quarantine.

Sign outside the Sunshine Plaza shopping centre
The Sunshine Plaza shopping centre has been named as a COVID tracing site.(ABC News)

It comes after a Queensland woman who visited a COVID-19 exposure site in Melbourne tested positive for the virus yesterday, after being infectious in the community from July 15 to 17.You can find the full list of exposure sites across Queensland here.

Case numbers: 0 local cases, 1 acquired overseas

Press conference: TBA

Australian Capital Territory:

The ACT has effectively closed its border to half of the country, as Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread interstate.

From today, non-ACT residents who have been in South Australia will not be permitted to travel to Canberra unless they receive an exemption.

Meanwhile, Canberrans who are returning home from that state must get tested for COVID-19 and comply with a stay-at-home order until the end of Tuesday, July 27.

ACT stay-at-home orders now apply to areas that cover about half of Australia’s population, including Victoria and the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong regions of New South Wales.

Case numbers: TBA

Press conference: TBA

Western Australia

WA Health authorities have reported two new COVID-19 cases today.

The cases were confirmed yesterday as belonging to the BBC California cargo ship berthed at Fremantle Port, but they have been included in today’s official count, WA Health said.

Front on shot of a large cargo ship berthed.
The new cases come from the cargo ship BBC California, which is docked in Fremantle.(ABC News: Evelyn Manfield)

The state is now monitoring 16 active COVID-19 cases which include: 10 cases linked to the cargo ship, five cases in hotel quarantine and one case in hospital.

Crew members who returned a positive COVID-19 test on the BBC California remain onboard. Three crew members who have returned negative results been transferred to hotel quarantine. 

Case numbers: 2

Press conference: TBA

NT and Tasmania

No news is good news — try checking this section again a little later for updates.

The Prime Minister held a COVID-19 press conference

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he takes responsibility for the slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which he said is about two months behind the planned schedule.

Man in blue suit with green tie, wearing glasses and grey, balding hair
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country is now tracking well with the vaccination program.(ABC News)

“I take responsibility for the problems that we have had, but I am also taking responsibility for the solutions we’re putting in place and the vaccination rates that we are now achieving,” he said.

Mr Morrison said the country is now tracking well with the vaccination program.

“What matters is how you fix the things that need to be fixed.

“Today, with the most recent seven day’s data, we finally hit that mark of a million doses in arms in a week.”

And looking overseas…

The head of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee is not ruling out a last-minute cancellation of the global sporting showpiece, due to start on Friday.

Asked at a news conference if the Games might still be cancelled amid rising COVID-19 cases, Toshiro Muto said he would keep an eye on infection numbers and hold discussions with organisers if necessary.

Also making news this Wednesday:

  • US health officials say the Delta variant now accounts for an estimated 83 per cent of COVID-19 cases across the country.
  • The most comprehensive research yet estimates India’s excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic were a staggering 10 times the official COVID-19 toll.
  • Britain has recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths in four months, following a spike in infections amid the spread of the Delta variant and lifting of lockdown restrictions.
  • Indonesia has been dubbed the new epicentre for coronavirus as it battles with a surge of new infections and a climbing death toll caused by the Delta variant.

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