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COVID live updates: NSW and Victoria give coronavirus updates, police block transport into Sydney CBD to avoid repeat of lockdown protests

By abc.net.au , in News Australia , at August 21, 2021 Tags: , , ,


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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the state’s health system is stretched and healthcare workers are being put in a precarious position by COVID restriction rule-breakers.

Follow all the latest COVID-19 updates with our live blog below.

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By Dean Bilton

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Today’s case numbers and press conference times

This section will be updated throughout the day. If you don’t see your state or territory yet, don’t worry — press conference times may not be confirmed yet (or there may not be one), and case numbers often filter in through the day.

Victoria

Case numbers: 61 new local cases, 48 linked to known outbreaks, 22 in isolation while infectious. Press conference: 10:45am AEST, watch live

Queensland

Case numbers: Zero new local cases. Press conference: Rewatch this morning’s press conference

New South Wales

Case numbers: 825 new local cases, three deaths. Press conference: 11:00am AEST, watch live

Northern Territory

Case numbers: TBC. Press conference: TBC

Australian Capital Territory

Case numbers: Eight new local cases. Press conference: TBC

Western Australia

Case numbers: TBC. Press conference: TBC.

Tasmania 

Case numbers: TBC. Press conference: TBC

South Australia

Case numbers: TBC. Press conference: TBC.

New Zealand

Case numbers: 21 new local cases. Press conference: TBC

3m ago3 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:53am

By Michael Doyle

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NSW: Premier says COVID-19 can be thought of as ‘being like the flu’ when 70 per cent of people are fully vaccinated

Gladys Berejiklian again focused on the importance of people getting both COVID-19 vaccine doses. 

“Once you get to 70 per cent double dose you transition to counting the number of people in hospital because then you can think of it in the context of being like the flu,” she said. 

“Every year, tragically, we lose between 600-800 people to the flu and in due course, when enough of our population is vaccinated, the case numbers will be less relevant. 

“What will be very relevant is how many people we are keeping out of hospital, and how many people we are keeping out of intensive care and how many people we are keeping alive.”

6m ago6 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:49am

By Dean Bilton

COVID live updates NSW and Victoria give coronavirus updates police

Key Event

ACT records eight new local cases of COVID

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the ACT has passed 100 after the territory recorded eight new cases overnight.

The total number of active cases in Canberra is 102.

All of the eight new cases of COVID-19 are linked to other known cases and none were infectious in the community.

ACT health authorities say they are “cautiously confident” that the effect of the lockdown is beginning to be seen in the daily case numbers.

8m ago8 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:48am

By Dean Bilton

COVID live updates NSW and Victoria give coronavirus updates police

VIC: Brett Sutton on kids wearing masks at school

This was from a little earlier in the press conference.

We’re also recommending, as the Premier said, not mandating, recommending, that children of primary school age also wear a mask in indoor areas.

That’s particularly reflecting on the Delta variant, on the fact that we have seen significant transmission between children and the over-representation, really, of young children in our current cases.

I’m reflecting on how challenging it will be for very young children. It is, for that reason, a recommendation.

Some kids will do it well, some kids will absolutely not be able to do it. But as a recommendation, and if your child is able to do that, that will help to protect them and those settings where transmission between kids occur.

9m ago9 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:47am

By Michael Doyle

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NSW: Police will have a significant presence in response to possible protests

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said the majority of people in NSW do not want to see any protests today.

He said any possible protest is not an authorised gathering and people will be told to turn away or they will face infringement notices. 

11m ago11 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:45am

By Dean Bilton

COVID live updates NSW and Victoria give coronavirus updates police

VIC: Dan Andrews pleads for compliance

If we don’t follow the rules, I will be reporting more cases, not less.

Because this thing moves so fast. I can’t tell you what the numbers will be tomorrow or next week, but these strategies work, even against Delta.

But it involves every single Victorian playing their part. I’m appealing to you, make the best choices today and over these next few weeks.

14m ago14 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:41am

By Michael Doyle

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NSW: Premier says people in 12 LGAs of concern are the state’s vaccine priority 

Ms Berejiklian has thanked those, especially in south-west Sydney, who have come forward in large numbers to get their COVID-19 vaccine. 

“You are a priority. To keep you safe, your family safe and to help you during these difficult times to reduce the fear that people are living with,” she said. 

The Premier said one of the biggest jobs for the government and health authorities is to keep the number of hospitalisations low.

19m ago19 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:37am

By Michael Doyle

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NSW: Why are other areas where people are having large gatherings not under the same restrictions as south-west Sydney?

Another question to the Premier focused on why south-west Sydney is copping the brunt of the restrictions.

Gladys Berejiklian said many people who attended some of these illegal gathering came from the 12 LGAs of concern, and that is where most of the new cases are coming from.

The Premier also rejected the suggestion she was “dividing the city” by putting some LGAs under tighter restrictions while talking about “opening up” when the vaccine rate reaches 80 per cent. 

23m ago23 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:33am

By Dean Bilton

COVID live updates NSW and Victoria give coronavirus updates police

VIC: Dan Andrews on Shepparton

He also says he doesn’t think locking down individual communities works, leading to the more blanket regional Victoria approach.

They did an amazing job last year, I know they will do it again. They will come out in their thousands to get tested – that presents challenges, but we’re ready for it. They’re a proud community and a strong community, and I know they will do the right thing. We have been actively engaged in that community.

It does go to the point that if you have symptoms and you don’t act on them, and get tested, you will infect others. You can’t wait. With Delta, you will give it to everybody, that’s how infectious is this.

27m ago27 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:29am

By Michael Doyle

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NSW: If we are all in this together, why isn’t there a blanket rule across the state to reduce mobility?

Gladys Berejiklian was asked this question after announcing further restrictions on people in the 12 LGAs in the south-west of Sydney. 

The Premier said the most important figure announced today was rising number of vaccinations. 

She again said the 70-80 per cent vaccination rate was needed to live more freely.

She said people needed to be real about what the Delta variant is and to be calm.

“In the last couple of days I have noticed a change in attitude amongst all of us,” she said. 

“We accept that Delta is here, we accept heading to zero across the nation, especially once you open up and live freely will be an impossible task. 

“No other place on the planet has done it, and we are one of the best places on the planet to be in terms of managing this. 

“We just have to be real about it and rather than getting fixated and panicking, but we need to do is stay calm because we know what works.”

33m ago33 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:23am

By Michael Doyle

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NSW: Health Minister says those who do not follow rules are ‘ransoming’ the future of the state

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says he and the state’s health department are disappointed with people who are attending gatherings.

He criticised people who attended a party at Maroubra where 16 people have tested positive, and those who attended a funeral in the western part of the state, for putting people at risk.

“Can I also say that the broader community who are doing the right thing, these people who don’t give a damn about our future, your future, meaning that you must go and get vaccinated by whatever vaccine is available,” he said.

“There is no time now to be selfish, it’s time to think of the broader community and your families. If you are actually spreading the virus, you could be responsible for people ‘s deaths.”

35m ago35 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:21am

By Dean Bilton

COVID live updates NSW and Victoria give coronavirus updates police

VIC: Chief Commisioner Shane Patton on planned protests in Melbourne

It’s tagged as a freedom demonstration, but it’s anything but. It’s just selfish. We don’t know how many people will turn up, and using encrypted applications makes it difficult for police. By the time I came into this press conference we had issued five infringements to people who were attending this demonstration.

Please do not attend. The risk of spreading the virus is high. Our officers will be giving out a $5,500 fine to everybody we can identify at this demonstration. I implore you not to come in, we have significant numbers stopping people at checkpoints in the city.

38m ago38 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:18am

By Dean Bilton

COVID live updates NSW and Victoria give coronavirus updates police

Key Event

New Zealand records 21 new cases of COVID-19

The outbreak has now spread beyond Auckland.

“We just have to expect that things get worse before they get better,” Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson told local media.

“There will be more cases.”

38m ago38 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:17am

By Michael Doyle

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NSW: Deputy Premier says 32 cases recorded in Dubbo

John Barilaro says the government has concerns in the state’s Far West. 

There were 32 cases in Dubbo, two in Bathurst, two cases in Wellington and one in Narromine.

In the Far West, there were 12 cases in Wilcannia and two in Broken Hill.  

39m ago39 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:17am

By Dean Bilton

COVID live updates NSW and Victoria give coronavirus updates police

VIC: Jeroen Weimar encourages people to get tested early

Earlier, Dan Andrews said a number of today’s positive cases had been infectious and symptomatic for some time before getting tested.

Jeroen Weimar:

We are seeing too many people waiting too long to be tested. We need people being tested at the beginning of their infectious period, not a week in.

Please get tested, please get vaccinated, and if you’re not doing those two things, please just stay home.

43m ago43 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:13am

By Michael Doyle

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NSW: Several cases recorded across regional NSW

43m ago43 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:12am

By Michael Doyle

1629511049 307 COVID live updates NSW and Victoria give coronavirus updates police

NSW: Two of the three new deaths are residents of the Greenwood Aged Care facility at Normanhurst

The outbreak started when a nurse worked two shifts at the aged care facility while not knowing they were infectious. 

The worker was not vaccinated.

Six people living at the facility have tested positive to COVID-19 and four were not vaccinated. 

44m ago44 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:12am

By Dean Bilton

COVID live updates NSW and Victoria give coronavirus updates police

VIC: Jeroen Weimar gives more detail on the Shepparton cluster

He also says there are currently 11 unlinked cases that spread over a wide area in Melbourne. Work is being done to link those cases and identify any further exposure.

On Shepparton:

Fourteen cases are in the Broadmeadows childcare centre, and 17 are in Shepparton.

The first positive case was identified yesterday morning, and 16 of those cases came through PCR testing and will be in tomorrow’s numbers. Those cases are spread over three households – all in those households are now positive, and have links to a number of schools, namely St Mel’s Primary and Greater Shepparton Secondary College.

If you are in Shepparton not associated with those exposure sites, those schools, or if you do not have symptoms, do not get tested today. We need to prioritise the highest risk, but you will get an opportunity to be tested in the coming days.

48m ago48 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:07am

By Michael Doyle

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NSW: Berejiklian urges more people to take up the COVID-19 vaccine

The Premier again said once the vaccination rate reaches 70-80 per cent, people can “live more freely” than they are now. 

“Even in very strict and harsh lockdowns, the virus is spreading. That is a fact,” she said.  

“What we need to do is protect ourselves and loved ones by staying at home and getting vaccinated.”

51m ago51 minutes agoSat 21 Aug 2021 at 1:05am

By Michael Doyle

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NSW: Sydney residents should ‘assume’ they will come into contact with someone who has the virus

After NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the highest number of cases in any state or territory since the start of the pandemic, she warned people are taking a risk when they leave their homes.

“We urge everybody there to appreciate that everyday they set foot out of their house, they should assume they will come into contact with somebody who has the virus,” she said.

“That is a fact. It isn’t just an assumption.”

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