Design Photography: Blog https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog en-us (C)designphotography 2020 brettkeating3@gmail.com (Design Photography) Sun, 24 Oct 2021 04:37:00 GMT Sun, 24 Oct 2021 04:37:00 GMT https://www.designandphotography.com.au/img/s/v-12/u291575247-o61587606-50.jpg Design Photography: Blog https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog 120 69 COVID-19 Pandemic-Victorian Lockdowns-Timeline and Key Dates (Part 3) https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2021/9/covid-19-pandemic-victorian-lockdowns-timeline-and-key-dates-part-3 This blog is continued from the previous report on the State of Victoria in general and Australia's lockdowns and key dates. To read Part one, or Part two from the start of the pandemic please click the links below..
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Sept 27 2021-Victoria has recorded 705 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one more death.It brings the total death toll of the current outbreak to 25.The cases were detected from 51,252 test results processed on Sunday.At state-run sites, 29,657 doses of the vaccine were administered.The City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire left lockdown at 11:59pm Sunday, with only metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire remaining in lockdown. Victoria is expected to reach its target of having 80 per cent of the population aged 16 and older vaccinated with at least one dose this week. The Victorian government will conduct trials in businesses and events across highly vaccinated parts of regional Victoria to help the state open progressively as a vaccinated economy when it meets the key double dose thresholds outlined in the state government's roadmap.
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Sept 27 2021 - ( Day 93 ) NSW recorded 787 new cases of COVID-19 ( 53,957 total for current outbreak ).Over 93,577 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 12 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 309 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 )There are currently 1,155 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 214 people in intensive care, 115 of whom require ventilation.NSW unveils 3 stage reopening roadmap.

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Sept 28 2021-Victoria has recorded 867 new cases of COVID 19.There were also four more deaths.This figure comes from 49,450 test results according to the DHHS.Health officials say 35,160 vaccine doses were administered in the 24 hours to Monday evening. Melbourne's lockdown will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 are double-vaccinated, which is forecast for October 26.A more significant easing of restrictions will occur when the 80 per cent double-dose target is met, forecast for November 5.Victoria has 375 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital,with 81 people in intensive care, 61 of whom require ventilation.The Latrobe Valley in Gippsland, in the state's east, will enter a seven-day lockdown from 11:59 PM on Tuesday as the region fights to control a COVID outbreak.

Sept 28 2021- ( Day 94 ) Dr Marianne Gale Deputy NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 863 new cases of COVID-19 ( 54,820 total for current outbreak ).Over 130,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 7 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 316 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 )1,155 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 213 people in intensive care, 113 of whom require ventilation. NSW has 85.7 % single dose and 60.4% with a double dose of COVID-19 vaccine..

Sept 28 2021-Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young announced that Queensland has recorded four new community cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, but authorities say a lockdown is not warranted "at this stage".An unvaccinated truck driver who was staying in shared accommodation has also tested positive, and was infectious in the community for eight days.

Sept 29 2021-Victoria has recorded 950 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and seven further deaths.The new infections were detected from 61,322 test results processed on Tuesday, and brings the number of active cases in the state to 9,890.There were 34,028 vaccines administered at state-run sites yesterday, with the total number including GPs and pharmacies to be confirmed later today.It was expected the state would yesterday hit a target of having 80 per cent of the 16+ population protected with at least one dose of a vaccine. Nearly half of that cohort has had both doses.The rest of regional Victoria will be allowed to have slightly more people in hospitality venues, and masks can be removed for beauty and hairdressing services if required. Victoria has 371 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital,with 81 people in intensive care, 55 of whom require ventilation.

Sept 29 2021-( Day 95 ) NSW recorded 863 new cases of COVID-19 ( 55,683 total for current outbreak ).Over 120,281 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 15 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 331 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 )1,082 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 212 people in intensive care, 108 of whom require ventilation. 

Sept 30 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,438 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and five further deaths.The deaths bring the total from this outbreak to 41.The new cases were detected from 65,497 test results processed on Wednesday.It is a sharp increase from the 950 recorded a day earlier and 867 a day before that.It once again takes the number of active infections across the state to a new record high, with 11,018 people currently recovering from COVID-19. The surge is already putting strain on a stretched healthcare system, and pressure is expected to mount until greater vaccination coverage is reached. The latest data shows 80.3 per cent of Victorians have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 49.5 per cent of adults have been fully vaccinated. Victoria has 398 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital,with 83 people in intensive care, 57 of whom require ventilation.The state run clinics will reduce the wait time from six weeks back to three weeks for Pfizer doses effective 4 October 2021.

Sept 30 2021-QLD records six new Covid-19 cases as New restrictions will be put in place from 4pm today ( back to stage 2 )in the LGA’s of Townsville , Morton Bay, Brisbane ,Gold Coast ,Palm Island and Logan for two weeks.

Sept 30 2021-( Day 96 ) NSW recorded 941 new cases of COVID-19 ( 56,624 total for current outbreak ).Over 120,993 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 6 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 337 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 )1,090 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 213 people in intensive care, 105 of whom require ventilation. Lockdowns were extended for 19 regional LGAS.NSW residents are 86.7 % vaccinated with the first dose and 62.9% fully vaccinated.

01 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,143 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths.The cases were detected from 62,883 test results and bring the state's total number of active cases to 10,944.The figure is a smaller increase than Thursday's record leap of 1,438 new cases. Premier Daniel Andrews said a high number of illegal household gatherings over the AFL grand final weekend had resulted in the dramatic jump in case numbers announced on Thursday. The state has this week hit one of its milestone vaccination targets, with 80 per cent of the 16+ population having received at least one vaccine dose. Victoria has 395 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital,with 87 people in intensive care, 59 of whom require ventilation.Moorabool Regional LGA to enter a 7 day snap lockdown from tonight.Construction will resume in Victoria will resume on 5th October under strict rules. In a landmark announcement Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the state government expanded mandatory vaccinations to cover all on-site essential / authorised workers, with first dose must have been administered by October 15th and be fully vaccinated by November 26th 2021.
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01 Oct 2021-Queensland has recorded two new community cases of COVID-19, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.One is linked to an existing cluster and the other infection was acquired interstate.The Premier said while the situation is being monitored closely, there was still no lockdown for Queensland."The fundamental reason we are not in lockdown is because we do not have any seeding or unlinked community transmission," Ms Palaszczuk said.Ms Palaszczuk said today's cases were good news for the state in the wake of multiple outbreaks in the past week.

01 Oct 2021-( Day 97 ) NSW recorded 864 new cases of COVID-19 ( 57,488 total for current outbreak ).Over 112,334 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 15 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 352 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 )1,055 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 210 people in intensive care, 104 of whom require ventilation.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced her resignation, after the state’s corruption watchdog revealed it was investigating her. The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announced an investigation into whether there was a conflict of interest during her relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire.ICAC is investigating whether NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian breached public trust when she awarded grants to several community organisations between 2012 and 2018.The ICAC said it would probe whether Ms Berejiklian was in a position of conflict between her public duties and her private interests when she was in a personal relationship with then-MP Daryl Maguire.
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01 Oct 2021-The ACT has recorded 52 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 — a new daily record for the territory. At least 31 of the new cases spent some time infectious in the community and 12 are currently unable to be linked to other known cases.ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr also announced the death of two more people with COVID-19 — both were residents at the Calvary Haydon aged care facility where they were receiving palliative care. Both were in their 80s. There are 11 people currently in hospital with the virus. Three people are in intensive care requiring ventilation.

01 Oct 2021-Australia is set to re-open its international borders "within weeks", the Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed.In a media release issued before his press conference, Scott Morrison said large parts of the country would be moving to Phase B and Phase C of the National Plan – the latter of which will permit international travel.Following completion of home quarantine pilots in New South Wales and South Australia, it is anticipated that states and territories that are ready to do so will roll out:

-Seven-day home quarantine for Australian citizens and permanent residents fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for use in Australia or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) such as the Chinese-made Sinovac and the Indian-made Covishield vaccines.

-14-day managed quarantine for anyone not vaccinated or vaccinated with a vaccine not approved or recognised by the TGA.

Australians who cannot be vaccinated – such as under-12s and people with certain medical conditions – will be treated as vaccinated.Travel caps are also set to be increased, and removed for vaccinated Australians."States and territories will begin this program at different times given their varying vaccination rates but we expect the system to commence in November," the release said. The international border was closed in March 2020 in response to the unfolding pandemic in Australia.
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02 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,488 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths, marking the highest ever daily increase in cases for the state.At state-run sites, 36,878 doses of vaccine were administered. The cases were detected from 71,224 test results and bring the state's total number of active cases to 11,591.The City of Greater Shepparton entered a seven day snap lockdown at midnight last night, with restrictions the same as those currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne but without a curfew in place.There are now 24 active cases of COVID-19 in Greater Shepparton, with the number expected to rise in coming days as health authorities express concerns about onward transmission.Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie said the measure was needed to limit the growth of cases in the same fashion as the lockdowns in Ballarat, Geelong and the Surf Coast Shire.”We’ve just seen the Ballarat and Geelong communities get through an outbreak, so we know it can be done – it’s vital we protect the local community and the rest of regional Victoria from significant outbreaks," Professor Cowie said.Moorabool Shire was also put into lockdown overnight, with 32 COVID cases linked to the LGA as of Friday. There are 429 people currently in hospital with COVID-19. Ninety-seven of them are in intensive care, and 54 are on a ventilator.

02 Oct 2021-( Day 98 ) NSW recorded 813 new cases of COVID-19 ( 58,301 total for current outbreak ).Over 98,266 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 10 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 362 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 1,005 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 202 people in intensive care, 99 of whom require ventilation.
Self-quarantine rules for people who have been in close contact with a positive case are being relaxed from October 11.Any close contact who is vaccinated will only be required to get tested and self-isolate for seven days, instead of 14.If a person tests positive for COVID-19 they will be have to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.Mr Hazzard said 66.5 per cent of the state's population aged 16 and over was now fully vaccinated, and 88.1 per cent had received their first dose.

03 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,220 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 deaths, with Melbourne set to become the most locked-down city in the world tomorrow night, beating out Argentina's Buenos Aires at 245 days in lockdown.The new cases were detected from 71,275 test results, marking a second straight record day of testing in the state. They bring the state's total number of active cases to 11,785.A total of 36,248 vaccine doses were administered at state-run sites yesterday.Over 81 per cent of Victorians have now had a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while over 51 per cent have been fully vaccinated. There are 476 people currently in hospital with COVID-19. 98 of them are in intensive care, and 57 are on a ventilator.

03 Oct 2021-( Day 99 ) NSW recorded 667 new cases of COVID-19 ( 58,968 total for current outbreak ).Over 88,210 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 10 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 372 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 981 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 195 people in intensive care, 93 of whom require ventilation.

04 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,377 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and four deaths.The new cases were identified from 67,789 test results received yesterday and take the state's total active cases to 12,711.There were 30,985 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites yesterday. There are 498 people currently in hospital with COVID-19. 96 of them are in intensive care, and 59 are on a ventilator.
As of 8:00pm on Sunday, a Victorian who has lived in Melbourne and not left since the beginning of the pandemic will have spent 245 days in lockdown.It is the longest cumulative lockdown for any city in the world.Buenos Aires previously held the record, enduring a 234-day lockdown from March 20 to November 11, 2020, and a short 10-day circuit-breaker lockdown from May 21 to May 31 this year.
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Lockdown 1: March 30 to May 12, 2020 — 43 days
Lockdown 2: July 8 to October 27, 2020 —111 days
Lockdown 3: February 12 - 17, 2021 —5 days
Lockdown 4: May 27 - June 10, 2021 — 14 days
Lockdown 5: July 15 - 27, 2021 — 12 days
Lockdown 6: August 5 - October 21, 2021 — 78 days

04 Oct 2021- ( Day 100 ) NSW recorded 623 new cases of COVID-19 ( 59,591 total for current outbreak ).Over 76,892 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 6 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 378 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 959 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 193 people in intensive care, 97 of whom require ventilation. Across the state, 88.4 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 67.1 per cent are fully vaccinated. Lismore local government authority (LGA) has been locked down until October 11 due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

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05 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,763 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths of people with the virus.The new infections were found from 62,189 test results processed on Monday.It represents the highest daily number of local cases ever recorded in any state or territory, surpassing the peak of 1,599 recorded in the New South Wales outbreak.It is a dramatic rise from the 1,488 that was Victoria's previous high, which was taken from Friday's tests.On that day, authorities warned that if infection rates continued to rise, there would be grave consequences for the health system, which is already experiencing ambulance ramping and workforce issues. The latest daily tally is the sixth in a row with a case count above 1,000, and the seven-day average of new local infections now sits at 1,340.The spread is largely being attributed to the virus getting into large households, and banned contact in homes such as family or social gatherings.The Burnet Institute modelling underpinning the roadmap forecasts a seven-day average of 1,400 to 2,900 daily cases between October 19 and 31.There have been hopes the rapid rise would begin to stabilise in Victoria once the state hit the 50 per cent double-dose mark, as happened in New South Wales.

05 Oct 2021-( Day 101  ) NSW recorded 608 new cases of COVID-19 ( 60199 total for current outbreak ).Over 85,642 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 7 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 385 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 978 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 190 people in intensive care, 94 of whom require ventilation.Dominic Perrottet is elected by the party ballot as the new NSW Premier.

06 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,420 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and the deaths of 11 more people with the virus.It is the highest daily death toll of the state's third wave, and takes the number of fatalities of this outbreak to 68.The new cases were found from 71,451 test results processed on Tuesday.It comes a day after a record high daily tally of 1763 new infections was reported the highest for any jurisdiction in Australia since the pandemic began.There are currently 525 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 94 people in intensive care, 53 of whom require ventilation.83.8 per cent of Victorians have now had a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while over 54 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

06 Oct 2021-( Day 102  ) NSW recorded 594 new cases of COVID-19 ( 60,793 total for current outbreak ).Over 90,680 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 10 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 395 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 959 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 188 people in intensive care, 93 of whom require ventilation.

07 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,638 new locally acquired COVID-19 infections and two deaths.The deaths take the toll of this outbreak to 70.The new infections were found from 77,238 test results processed on Wednesday — a record for the state.They take the number of active cases across the state to 15,074, which is another record high. From today, thousands of Victorians who have been stranded in locked-down parts of New South Wales and the ACT will be able to apply to return home.There are 564 people currently in hospital with COVID-19. 115 of them are in intensive care, and 74 are on a ventilator.

07 Oct 2021-( Day 103 ) NSW recorded 594 new cases of COVID-19 ( 61,387 total for current outbreak ).Over 112,186 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 8 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 403 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 911 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 181 people in intensive care, 85 of whom require ventilation.NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced a set of "major changes" to the NSW roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown, including doubling the cap on household visitors from Monday.The changes to the roadmap was made before the health minister revealed the state 587 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.

From Monday, October 11, fully vaccinated people will be given more freedoms, including:

-10 adults will be allowed to gather in homes (was previously five)

-30 adults will be allowed to gather in public outdoor spaces (was previously 20)

-Indoor pools will be reopened

-Increase the cap for weddings and funerals to 100 people (previously 50)

Yesterday, NSW became the first Australian state to fully vaccinate 70 per cent of its population aged 16 and above against COVID-19.

08 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,838 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and five deaths ( 75 for the current outbreak )
The peak of Victoria's daily infections is projected to still be weeks away, with social gatherings around the AFL grand final weekend linked to the surge in numbers.Health authorities have said the state is still on track to reach the vaccination targets set out in Victoria's roadmap in order to lift lockdowns.There were 36,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered at state-run sites yesterday, and tens of thousands more through GPs and pharmacies.More than 84.1 per cent of Victorians have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while more than 55.5 per cent are now fully vaccinated.The cases were identified from 77,554 tests processed on Thursday.It brings the total number of active cases in the state to 16,823, which is another record for the state.

There are currently 620 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 114 people in intensive care, 76 of whom require ventilation.

08 Oct 2021-( Day 104 ) NSW recorded 646 new cases of COVID-19 ( 62,033 total for current outbreak ).Over 103,388 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 11 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 414 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 856  COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 170 people in intensive care, 75 of whom require ventilation.NSW a is 89.4% first dose and 70.3% double dose.

09 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,965 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and five deaths.It marks the highest daily case tally in any Australian jurisdiction since the beginning of the pandemic. It brings the total number of active cases in the state to 17,199 and the total death toll for the current outbreak to 80.At state-run sites, 41,177 doses of the vaccine were administered, with more than 56 per cent of Victoria's over-16 population now fully vaccinated.There were 73,443 test were conducted in the past 24 hours.It comes as the City of Mildura was placed into a seven day snap lockdown at 11:59pm yesterday in response to a concerning jump in case numbers.Meanwhile, Greater Shepparton and Moorabool Shire leave their week-long snap lockdown, with public health officials "confident that both the lockdown — and the commitment of the community — have slowed potential growth".
There are currently 578 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 117 people in intensive care, 83 of whom require ventilation.


09 Oct 2021-( Day 105 )NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet reported that NSW recorded 580 new cases of COVID-19 ( 62,613 total for current outbreak ).Over 79,894 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 11 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 425 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 812 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 163 people in intensive care, 75 of whom require ventilation. New South Wales is gearing up to pass the 90 per cent first dose vaccination rate of its eligible population as the state moves to lift stay at home orders on Monday. The state currently has 71.5 per cent of the population (eligible adults aged 16 and over) fully vaccinated and marked 89.8 per cent with a first dose yesterday. 

10 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,890 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19.Five people also died, taking the death toll for the current outbreak to 85.It brings the total number of active cases in the state to 18,342, with 74,105 Victorians getting tested for COVID yesterday.State-run sites administered 39,861 doses of the vaccine with more than 86 per cent of Victorians having now received at least one jab of a COVID vaccine and more than 57 per cent fully vaccinated.Vaccinated economy trials begin in regional Victoria on Monday with crowds trialled at events in Regional Victoria and 10,000 punters allowed to attend the Melbourne Cup on November 02.There are currently 609 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 126 people in intensive care, 88 of whom require ventilation.

10 Oct 2021-( Day 106 ) NSW recorded 477 new cases of COVID-19 ( 63,090 total for current outbreak ).Over 86,155 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 6 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 431 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 794 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 159 people in intensive care, 76 of whom require ventilation.

11 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,612 new local cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths ( 93 for the current outbreak ) as the state edges closer to its vaccination goals.The new cases were detected from 73,138 test results processed yesterday, and take the state's active cases to 19,012.There were 34,279 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites and thousands more at GPs and pharmacies.More than 85.8 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 have had at least one dose of vaccine.There are currently 677 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 133 people in intensive care, 94 of whom require ventilation.

11 Oct 2021-( Day 107 ) Over 5 million fully vaccinated NSW residents celebrated freedom day as Pubs ,Clubs, Restaurants,Beauty,Retail,Gyms,Cinemas and Theatres open up as restrictions ease.NSW residents will also have no 5km travel rules and can have 10 visitors to their homes or meet up to 30 people at outdoor gatherings.NSW recorded 498 new cases of COVID-19 ( 63,588 total for current outbreak ).Over 83,498 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 8 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 439 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 769 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 153 people in intensive care, 76 of whom require ventilation.NSW currently has 73.5 per cent of the population (eligible adults aged 16 and over) fully vaccinated and 90.3 per cent with a first dose.

12 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,466 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and eight deaths as the state tries to bring its Delta outbreak under control.There are now 19,627 active cases of the virus in the state, and 101 people have died in Victoria during the current outbreak.The new cases were identified from 68,509 test results received yesterday.Meanwhile, 36,383 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites and thousands more doses were given at GP clinics and other venues. According to the latest figures, 85.8 per cent of people over the age of 16 in Victoria have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 59.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.There are currently 675 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 144 people in intensive care, 100 of whom require ventilation.

12 Oct 2021-( Day 108 )NSW recorded 360 new cases of COVID-19 ( 63,948 total for current outbreak ).Over 88,988 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 5 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 444 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 766 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 155 people in intensive care, 76 of whom require ventilation. NSW Health indicated that 90.4 per cent of people aged over 16 have had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 74 per cent were now fully-vaccinated.

13 Oct 2021-Victoria records 1,571 new cases and 13 deaths. The death toll is the highest in one day from the outbreak so far, which has so far claimed 114 lives.The new cases were identified from 79,200 test results received yesterday, and 38,072 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites.  61.5% Victorians over 16 years old are now fully-vaccinated and 86.2% have had their first jab.There are currently 705 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 146 people in intensive care, 92 of whom require ventilation.

13 Oct 2021-( Day 109 )NSW recorded 444 new cases of COVID-19 ( 64,392 total for current outbreak ).Over 105,558 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 448 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 716 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 150 people in intensive care, 76 of whom require ventilation.Three-out-of-four people in NSW over 16 years old are now fully-vaccinated and 90.8 per cent have had their first jab.

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14 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 2,297 new local COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths as the state edges closer to its vaccination targets.It is the highest single-day total recorded by an Australian state or territory during the pandemic.There are now 20,505 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 125 people have died during the current Delta outbreak.The new cases were identified from 82,762 test results received by health authorities yesterday. They take the state's seven-day case average to about 1,806, which remains within the Burnet Institute's modelled peak of between 1,400 to 2,900 towards the end of this month.Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that Victoria has 87.6 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and older had received at least one dose of vaccine, with more than 62% fully immunised.There were 37,611 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites yesterday, as well as more doses at GP clinics and other venues.While the Mitchell Shire, on the outskirts of Melbourne's north, came out of lockdown at midnight, the rural city of Mildura, in the state's north-west, has not as authorities attempt to stamp out a growing outbreak.There are 706 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 147 of those cases are in intensive care, with 100 cases on a ventilator. Of the people in hospital yesterday, 90 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

14 Oct 2021-( Day 110 )NSW recorded 406 new cases of COVID-19 ( 64,798 total for current outbreak ).Over 85,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 6 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 454 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 711 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 143 people in intensive care, 76 of whom require ventilation.NSW Health says 91.1 per cent of people over the age of 16 have now had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 76.5 per cent are double-dosed.Dominic Perrottet says the state is expected to hit the 80 per cent double-dosed target over the weekend.That is due to trigger more restrictions being eased on Monday.

15 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 2,179 new local COVID-19 cases and six deaths as the deadline for authorised workers to be vaccinated passes.The death toll for the current Delta outbreak stands at 131, and there are now 21,324 active cases of the virus in Victoria.The new cases were detected from 73,942 test results received yesterday.There were 38,752 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites, and more vaccinations at GP clinics and other venues.There are currently 695 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 157 people in intensive care, 101 of whom require ventilation.The City of Mildura will have its lockdown extended for a further seven days, after 34 new cases were detected in its outbreak.Mildura was put into a snap lockdown last Friday following a spike in cases, with those restrictions now set to continue until next Friday.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley announced that Fully vaccinated people in New South Wales red zones will be able to enter Victoria without quarantining from 11:59pm October 19.Previously, travel permits from red zones were only available to Victorian residents who were forced to quarantine for 14 days regardless of vaccination status. Under the changes, fully vaccinated travellers from red zones will need a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to entering Victoria. They will then need to quarantine upon arrival, get tested, and remain in quarantine until they receive a negative result.

15 Oct 2021-( Day 111 )NSW recorded 399 new cases of COVID-19 ( 65,197 total for current outbreak ).Over 85,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 458 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 677 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 145 people in intensive care, 77 of whom require ventilation.

NSW will remove the hospitality caps and remove the Hotel Quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers on November 1st. In a major policy shift, Premier Dominic Perrottet announced people from his state would "be travelling to Bali before Broome" when the reforms come into effect on November 1.However NSW regional travel has been delayed for two weeks to allow the regions to catch up with the vaccination rates.

15 Oct 2021-The ACT has recorded 35 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases. There has also been another COVID-19 death —a woman in her 70s at the Calvary Haydon aged care facility.This death is the eight in the Territory's current Delta outbreak. There are 16 people in hospital with the virus, including eight people in intensive care.Today is the first day out of lockdown for the ACT.

15 Oct 2021-Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has announced a snap three-day lockdown for the state's south, saying "we can't continue to wait" after it was revealed a COVID-positive traveller fled hotel quarantine and visited a supermarket.The lockdown will take effect at 6pm AEDT and will end at 6pm on Monday October 18, subject to Public Health Advice."One of the things we do not want to be in this state is either Sydney or Melbourne who acted too late in both instances when dealing with Delta," Mr Gutwein said.The lockdown of southern Tasmania includes the Local Government Areas of Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence City, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Hobart City, Huon Valley, Sorell, Southern Midlands, Tasman and Kingborough.

16 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,993 COVID-19 cases and seven deaths. There have been 138 deaths in Victoria during the Delta outbreak.The new infections were detected from 79,214 test results and bring the total number of active cases in the state to 21,647.This weekend may be the last Melburnians spend in lockdown, with Premier Daniel Andrews confirming last week that restrictions would be eased when 70 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated.The state is on track to meet that milestone this week. The latest data shows 87.6 per cent of people in that group have received at least one vaccine dose, and 63.8 per cent have been fully vaccinated.There are currently 798 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 163 people in intensive care, 106 of whom require ventilation.

16 Oct 2021-( Day 112 )NSW recorded 319 new cases of COVID-19 ( 65,516 total for current outbreak ).Over 63,311 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 2 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 460 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 652 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 138 people in intensive care, 73 of whom require ventilation.

16 Oct 2021-The ACT has recorded 20 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.It is the lowest tally in 18 days.Fourteen of the new cases are linked to known infections or clusters.Fifteen patients are in Canberra hospitals, including 10 in intensive care.

17 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,838 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths.The new cases were detected from 73,501 tests and bring the total number of active cases to 23,376.The state government is expected to outline as early as today a further easing of lockdown restrictions once the state hits its 70 per cent double-vaccination target.Victoria wasn't expected to reach its 70 per cent double-dose target until October 26, but a surge in people getting their COVID vaccinations means it could be achieved by this Thursday. The latest Commonwealth data shows that 88 per cent of Victorians aged 16+ have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 65 per cent have been fully vaccinated.There are currently 777 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 151 people in intensive care, 94 of whom require ventilation.
The lockdown in Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria will lift from 11:59pm on Thursday ( 21 October 2021) when the state is expected to reach its goal of having 70 per cent of those aged 16+ fully vaccinated.Across the state, people will be allowed to have 10 visitors at their home each day, including dependents.In metropolitan Melbourne, the curfew and the 15-kilometre travel radius will be lifted, but travel restrictions between Melbourne and regional Victoria will remain in place.Child care will remain open to those already attending, as well as to the children of fully vaccinated adults.In Melbourne, most outdoor venues such as cafes, cinemas and pools, will be able to open to up to 50 people, subject to density limits.Indoor venues such as cafes and restaurants will be able to open to 20 people, with density limits and as long as everyone is fully vaccinated.In regional Victoria, most of which is already operating under eased restrictions, 30 fully vaccinated people will be allowed in indoor settings and up to 100 in outdoor settings.

READ THE UPDATED ROAD MAP FOR VICTORIA 

17 Oct 2021-( Day 113  )NSW recorded 301 new cases of COVID-19 ( 65,817 total for current outbreak ).Over 69,107 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 10 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 470 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 619 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 137 people in intensive care, 71 of whom require ventilation. NSW Health says 91.9 % of people over the age of 16 have now had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 80 % are double-dosed.New South Wales has hit its 80% COVID-19 vaccination milestone, a week earlier than initially expected.That means NSW progressed to the next stage of the roadmap for easing restrictions, with the new rules kicking in from Monday, October 18.

Read the NSW 80% Roadmap to re-opening. 

17 Oct 2021-The ACT has recorded 33 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.Of the new cases, 24 are linked to known infections or clusters.There are 16 people in hospital with the virus, with nine in intensive care.There are now 486 active cases in the ACT.More than 78 per cent of Canberrans aged 12 and over are now fully vaccinated.

18 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,903 new local COVID-19 cases and seven deaths as the state moves closer to the end of its lockdown. There are now 22,327 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 152 people have died during the current Delta outbreak.The new cases were identified from 69,825 test results received yesterday.There were 32,405 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites yesterday, and more doses delivered at GP clinics and other venues.Yesterday,Premier Daniel Andrews announced Victoria’s lockdown would end at 11.59 on Thursday when the state reaches its goal of having 70 per cent of people aged 16+ fully vaccinated. There are currently 851 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital,with 155 people in intensive care,  103 of whom require ventilation.

18 Oct 2021-( Day 114 ) NSW recorded 265 new cases of COVID-19 ( 66,082 total for current outbreak ).Over 60,273 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 5 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 475 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 608 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 132 people in intensive care, 71 of whom require ventilation. Further restrictions have been lifted for fully vaccinated people, after the state hit the 80 per cent double-vaccination target on Saturday. Across NSW, 92 per cent of people aged 16 and over had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 80.3 per cent were fully vaccinated.

18 Oct 2021-The ACT has recorded 17 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.Eleven of today's cases are linked to a known source.There are 17 people in hospital with the virus — nine of those in intensive care.More than 79.5  per cent of Canberrans aged 12 and over are now fully vaccinated.

18 Oct 2021-Queensland has recorded zero new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.In the past 24 hours, the state conducted 5,718 tests and administered 14,920 vaccines in state-run hubs.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland border will begin a phased reopening to fully vaccinated people in one month as outlined in a new roadmap being announced today.Ms Palaszczuk said modelling showed 80 per cent of Queenslanders could be fully vaccinated by December 17."Travellers from a designated interstate hotspot can travel by road or by air, they must be fully vaccinated, they must have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours and no quarantine will be required," Ms Palaszczuk said.
Read the QLD 70% / 80% Roadmap

19 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,749 new local COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths. There are now 22,476 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 163 people have died during the current Delta outbreak.The new cases were detected from 68,702 test results received yesterday.There were 36,751 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites yesterday, as well as more vaccinations at GP clinics and other venues. 88.4 % of people aged 16 and over had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 66.7 % were fully vaccinated across Victoria.There are currently 784 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 149 people in intensive care, 100 of whom require ventilation. 

19 Oct 2021-( Day 115 ) NSW recorded 273 new cases of COVID-19 ( 66,355  total for current outbreak ).Over 90,597 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 479 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 589 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 128 people in intensive care, 69 of whom require ventilation. 92.1 % of people aged 16 and over had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 80.8 % were fully vaccinated.

20 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded 1,841 new local COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths as the state moves closer to coming out of lockdown.There are now 22,598 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 175 people have died during the current Delta outbreak.The new infections were detected from 78,928 test results received yesterday.According to the latest Commonwealth vaccination numbers, 89.21 per cent of people aged 16+ in Victoria have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 69.28 per cent are fully vaccinated.Restrictions will be eased in Victoria at 11:59pm on Thursday, after the state reaches the 70 per cent fully vaccinated milestone.There are currently 786 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 147 people in intensive care, 97 of whom require ventilation. 

20 Oct 2021-( Day 116 ) NSW recorded 283 new cases of COVID-19 (  66,638 total for current outbreak ).Over 88,664 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 7 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 486 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 552 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 124 people in intensive care, 66 of whom require ventilation. 92.3 % of people aged 16 and over had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 81.6 % were fully vaccinated.

21 Oct 2021-Victoria's lockdown six will end at 11:59pm tonight after 78 Days.
Victoria has passed the 70 per cent full-vaccination milestone that will officially trigger the end of the state's COVID-19 lockdown tonight.Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed this morning that both Victoria and Tasmania now had 70 per cent of their 16+ population fully vaccinated.Under the new rules, fully vaccinated people will be allowed much greater freedoms. But people who are not double-dosed will be barred from most hospitality venues and events.

Victoria has recorded 2,232 new local cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths as the state hits its 70 per cent vaccination target.There are now 22,889 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 187 people have died during the current Delta outbreak.The new cases were identified from 79,544 test results received yesterday.There were 37,824 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites, and more vaccinations at GP clinics and other venues.There are currently 779 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 141 people in intensive care, 96 of whom require ventilation. 
Mildura will leave its lockdown a day early at 11.59 tonight, bringing it into line with the rest of the state.The regional Victoria area went into lockdown at 11.59pm on Friday October 8 with the order slated to end after seven days.But after recording the highest number of cases in any regional area, the lockdown was extended for another week and was expected to end on Friday at 11.59pm.

21 Oct 2021-NSW recorded 372 new cases of COVID-19 ( 67,101 total for current outbreak ).Over 86,235 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 1 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 487 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ) There are currently 523 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 124  people in intensive care, 64 of whom require ventilation. 92.5 % of people aged 16 and over had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 82.3 % were fully vaccinated.


22 Oct 2021-Victorians have endured one of the bluntest and most controversial public health tools used during the pandemic.As of today, the lockdown has lifted from Melbourne, and along with it, the curfew.There are hopes the measures will not be needed again any time soon in a highly vaccinated population.

With the eased restrictions come a raft of returned freedoms,including dine-in hospitality, outdoor activities and limited visitors to the home. 

Counts of days spent under lockdown vary, but most find Melburnians have now spent the longest period under COVID-19 lockdown restrictions as any other city in the world.

But while the usefulness of lockdown in curbing movement and preventing a catastrophic overwhelming of health systems has been broadly accepted, the curfew has remained a controversial measure. For many Victorians, the blanket ban on movement outside the home between 8pm or 9pm and 5am made no material difference to their lives.For others, it was a disturbing overreach by the state government as it sought to rein in ballooning cases during Melbourne's worst outbreaks. Controversy swirled around its use right up to the final minute, as authorities told Melburnians to wait until precisely 11:59pm Thursday to leave their homes and enjoy a midnight outing to a reopened business.

"You'll have to wait for the witching hour to strike and then you can make your way down to the local pub," COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said on Wednesday.An initial ruling that hospitality workers should also wait until midnight to leave home to open their businesses was backtracked hours later after a backlash.While the heated debate over the curfew has unfolded in plain sight, its precise impact on infection control has been more difficult to quantify. After reintroducing the curfew again during the most recent lockdown, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said it was one of "a suite of interventions" that had proved successful in the past.

"In last year's second wave, to drive down from around 700 cases to zero ... an aggressive suppression strategy was one of the most successful in the world," he said.Both Professor Sutton and police have previously said the curfew made it easier for police to identify people breaking the rules.University of Melbourne epidemiologist and head of population and global health Nancy Baxter said it was difficult to pinpoint the precise effect of curfews, as they were always accompanied by other rules.

 

24 Oct 2021-Victoria has recorded the deaths of 11 more people with COVID-19 and 1,935 new cases of the virus.The new infections were found from 69,624 tests processed on Saturday, which was Melbourne's second day out of lockdown. It brings the number of active infections in the state to 24,993.There are now 787 people in Victorian hospitals with COVID-19, 17 more than yesterday, suggesting a "welcome" plateau discussed by authorities yesterday has continued.There are 146 people receiving intensive care, including 93 people on a ventilator.The vast majority of those in hospital had not received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.The deaths of 11 people bring the toll for this outbreak to 223.

COVID restrictions will ease from 6pm Friday as Melbourne and regional Victoria align once the state reaches its 80 per cent double dose vaccination milestone.Regional Victorians will be able to travel to Melbourne, and Melbournians to the regions, opening up reunions for family and friends who have not seen each other for months.

In addition to the removal of travel restrictions, from Friday when the state is predicted to reach 80 per cent vaccination:

  • Most indoor settings, including restaurants, pubs, gyms and hairdressers will open with no caps subject to a density quotient of one person per four square metres if all staff and patrons are fully vaccinated. Most outdoor settings will remain at the one person per two square metre limit up to 500, where staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.
  • These indoor and outdoor settings will also apply to weddings, funerals and religious gatherings if all attendees are fully vaccinated. Caps of 30 people will apply for weddings, funerals and religious gatherings if vaccination status is unknown.
  • Entertainment venues will reopen. For indoor seated venues including cinemas and theatres, there will a 75 per cent capacity or one person per four square metres up to 1000 people and for non-seated indoor entertainment venues the density quotient will be the same but with no patron cap.
  • Outdoor seated and non-seated entertainment venues including stadiums, zoos and tourism attractions will be open with a one per two square metre limit up to 5000 where staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.
  • Events - such as music festivals - will be able to host up to 5000 people, subject to any restrictions related to the venue. The Chief Health Officer may also grant an approval for larger crowds for significant events and venues under the Public Events Framework.
  • Masks will remain mandatory indoors but are no longer required outdoors though it is highly recommended masks are worn outdoors if you cannot physically distance, such as busy street or outdoor market.

And less than a month later, around November 24 when the state hits 90 per cent double dosed, caps or density quotients will be removed for all settings and masks will only be mandatory indoors in high-risk settings such as hospitals, aged care and public transport.

There will be no restrictions for indoor and outdoor events provided they follow COVIDSafe rules including vaccination requirements.

The news comes as Ballarat recorded seven new COVID cases on Sunday.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the easing of restrictions at 80 per cent, and further at 90 per cent double dosed was thanks to Victorians getting vaccinated "in record time and record numbers".

"There is a fundamental agreement that we have reached with the Victorian community. We asked you to get vaccinated. You have done that in record time any record numbers. And that means we have to open the place up and we have to have a series of rules, we have to have settings, that are the lightest touch possible, the simplest, the most easily understood, that are as close to normal life as possible," he said.
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This blog is continued from the previous report on the State of Victoria in general and Australia's lockdowns and key dates. To read Part one, from the start of the pandemic please click here.  
 

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August 11 2021-( Day 47  ) Premier Gladys Berejiklian says NSW's COVID crisis is likely to get worse as the state records 344 new cases ( 6189 total for current outbreak )with at least 65 being infectious while in the community.119,256 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded 2 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 34 for the current outbreak ) 312 in hospital , 62 in ICU (57 not vaccinated ), 29 on Ventilators. Dubbo will enter a lockdown at 1pm today.

Daily Confirmed Cases Daily Count for NSW.

August 11 2021-Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed Melbourne will spend another week in lockdown, warning if restrictions were eased now the state could rapidly find itself battling a similar outbreak to New South Wales. Victoria has recorded 20 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 out of 41,571 test results processed on Tuesday.Five of the cases have not yet been linked to current outbreaks. The number of exposure sites has grown to 290.

Read the Statement from the Premiers Office 


Daily Confirmed Cases Daily Count for Victoria.
 

August 12 2021 -Victoria has recorded 21 new local COVID-19 cases as Melbourne's western suburbs continue to see a rise in infections.Of the new cases, 17 have been linked and 15 were in isolation while infectious. The other four cases are under investigation. There were 45,408 tests returned in the 24 hours up until midnight on Wednesday and 25,418 vaccinations administered.Victoria announced a 367M support package with over 100,000 businesses to receive support.

August 12 2021-( Day 48 ) Premier Gladys Berejiklian says NSW's COVID crisis is likely to get worse as the state records 345 new cases ( 6534 total for current outbreak )with at least 57 being infectious while in the community.152,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded 2 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 36 for the current outbreak )374 in hospital ,62 in ICU ,29 on Ventilators. Bayside, Strathfield and Burwood are LGA's Of interest and will enter harsher lockdown restrictions.7 deaths are now linked to the Liverpool hospital during the current outbreak.

August 12 2021- The ACT will go into lockdown for seven days from 5:00pm today, after the territory recorded a positive case of COVID-19.ACT Health said a man in his 20s from Gungahlin had tested positive to the virus and had been infectious in the community.But the statement said the source of the infection was unknown, with multiple exposure sites listed.The government said the new case represented the "most serious public health risk" the ACT had faced for 12 months.It had previously been 105 days since the last case in the ACT —a diplomat in quarantine — and over a year since the last locally acquired case.It will be the first time the ACT has entered a lockdown of this nature since the early days of the pandemic.

August 13 2021-Victoria has recorded 15 new local cases, eight of whom were in quarantine during their infectious period,but four are not yet linked to current outbreaks. The number of mystery cases in Melbourne's outbreak has surged to eight, after four more unlinked infections were recorded on Thursday. There were 40,737 test results processed on Thursday and 27,427 vaccine doses were administered at state-run sites.South Melbourne Market and a St Kilda Chinese restaurant are among more than 400 places listed as exposure sites in Victoria.

August 13 2021-ACT chief minister Andrew Bar ACT reported 4 new cases ( 5 in total )of COVID-19 as Canberra wakes up to the first full day of a seven-day lockdown, schools across the ACT sit virtually empty and businesses brace for a huge economic impact. Canberrans must stay at home except for a few essential reasons and, unless parents or guardians are unable to care for students, they cannot go to school. Over 2000 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

August 13 2021-Queensland has recorded seven new community cases of COVID-19, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.All cases were in home quarantine and linked to the Delta outbreak, which started at the Indooroopilly State High School, in Brisbane's west.Ms Palaszczuk said one of the positive results was linked to a Japanese class at St Aidan's, in the Brisbane suburb of Corinda. There are 158 active cases in the state after 35,503 tests in the past 24 hours.Out of those tests, 4,266 were in Cairns, where lockdown lifted earlier this week.

August 13 2021-( Day 49 ) Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that  NSW recorded  390 new cases of COVID-19 ( 6924 total for current outbreak )with at least 60 being infectious while in the community. Over 128,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Marianne Gale ( NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer ) announced that NSW recorded 2 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 38 for the current outbreak ) 391 in hospital ,63 in ICU .(55 not vaccinated ),30 on Ventilators.Over 105,000 vaccinations in the last 24hours.

August 14 2021-Victoria has recorded 21 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as contact tracers race to find the source of mystery cases driving the outbreak. The Health Department says 10 people were in the community while infectious and 11 were in quarantine for the duration of their infectious periods.The new cases were found from 33,675 test results processed on Friday.All of the new infections are linked to the current outbreaks.Victoria has 3 people in Hospital with 1 in ICU.

August 14 2021-QLD-Health Minister Yvette D'Ath announced that QLD recorded 6 new locally Acquired cases of COVID-19.All six local cases are linked to the Indooroopilly cluster. All cases have not spent any time in the community during their infectious period.

August 14 2021-Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan is further tightening its border restrictions for people arriving from New South Wales, requiring they show proof of having had least one COVID-19 vaccination. Under the new restrictions, due to take effect next Tuesday, travellers will also need to prove a negative coronavirus test result from the previous 72 hours.It comes as NSW recorded 390 new COVID-19 cases in the community, its highest daily number of infections yet.The new requirements imposed on travellers from NSW will also apply for people arriving from all states and territories deemed "high risk" going forward.

August 14 2021-Updated in late afternoon - The entire state of NSW will go into a snap seven day lockdown starting from 5pm today in a bid to curb the escalating COVID-19 crisis.The lockdown was announced this afternoon by Deputy Premier John Barilaro via Twitter and then confirmed by NSW Health."To minimise movement and protect our communities from the evolving COVID situation in Sydney, stay-at-home orders will be introduced for all of Regional NSW from 5pm tonight," Mr Barilaro tweeted.
Read the Statement for NSW Health

11am update - (Day 50 ) Premier Gladys Berejiklian described today as the "most concerning day" for the state, as she announced that NSW recorded 466 new cases of COVID-19 ( 7390 total for current outbreak )with at least 68 being infectious while in the community. Over 129,352 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Jeremy McNaulty ( NSW Health ) announced that NSW recorded 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 42 for the current outbreak ) 378 in hospital , 64 in ICU ,29 on Ventilators.Armidale lockdown extended for another 7 days.Greater Sydney residents will need a permit to leave the region, under a swathe of new rules to tighten the state's lockdown laws. The new rules were agreed upon during a crisis meeting of the NSW Cabinet on Friday afternoon, and also include a restriction on people using their holiday homes.Under that rule, people from Greater Sydney are not allowed to travel to their second homes, except under special circumstances, such as maintenance, and only one person will be able to attend.

From Monday, anyone who needs to isolate while awaiting COVID-19 test results will receive a special $320 payment. The Victorian government introduced a similar $450 payment during its second-wave lockdown last year to discourage people from working while waiting on test results.Tightened restrictions now also apply to people in Greater Sydney's 12 local government areas of concern (Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and parts of Penrith).People in those areas who are taking part in a singles bubble will need to register the name of their single buddy.The nominated pair must also live within five kilometres of each other.Residents in those areas are only allowed to leave their LGA for essential work. Exercise will be limited to 5KM from you home..Fines have been increased to $5000 for a Quarantine breach and $3000 for an exercise rule breach with NSW police boosting compliance operations across the state.

August 15 2021 - Victoria has recorded 25 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as the virus spreads into more parts of Melbourne.Of the new infections, 21 are linked to known cases and four are under investigation.The Department of Health said 12 people were in quarantine for their entire infectious periods. The remaining 13 were in the community while infectious.The positive results came from 32,286 tests processed on Saturday.

August 15 2021 - ( Day 51 ) Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 415 new cases of COVID-19 ( 7805 total for current outbreak )with at least 66 being infectious while in the community. Over 129,352 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant  NSW Chief Health officer announced that NSW recorded 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 48 for the current outbreak )381 in hospital ,62 in ICU ,24 on Ventilators.

August 15 2021 - Queensland has recorded zero new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and one case detected in hotel quarantine.."Well done Queensland, that's a perfect way to start a Sunday," Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. While she said it was a fantastic result, Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland was by no means "out of the woods yet".

August 15 2021 - The ACT has recorded two new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of active cases in Canberra to nine. The territory is in the midst of a seven-day lockdown, after an initial case — a man in his 20s — was reported on Thursday.One of the new cases announced today is another man in his 20s, who has no known links to any of the other eight positive cases.The second case is linked to Fiction nightclub — a close contact exposure site visited by the initial case.

August 16 2021A 9pm to 5am curfew, will be in place in Metro Melbourne from 11.59 tonight.
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An angry Victorian Premier Dan Andrews  slammed the "s***ty" choices of a family accused of hosting an illegal engagement party.Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday announced the extension, as well as a raft of tougher restrictions.A 9pm to 5am curfew, which was in place during the state's second wave last year, will return from 11.59pm on Monday, while permits for work will be reintroduced and playgrounds closed.Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the suite of measures was needed to ensure COVID-19 cases did not spiral out of control. announced Melbourne will remain in lockdown for a further two weeks ( until 02 September ) effective from 11.59 tonight.Victoria has recorded 22 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, 14 of whom were in quarantine during their infectious period.Contact tracers have linked 17 of the new cases to current outbreaks.The results were detected from 29,986 test results processed on Sunday, when 19,880 vaccination doses were delivered at state-run sites.Melbourne's Delta outbreak has continued to spread, with several new clusters emerging despite nearly a fortnight of lockdown.


August 16 2021 -( Day 52 ) Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW rates of community transmission were disturbingly high as NSW recorded 478 new cases of COVID-19 ( 8283 total for current outbreak )with at least 91 being infectious while in the community. Over 156,495 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant  NSW Chief Health officer announced that NSW recorded 7 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 56 for the current outbreak )391 in hospital ,66 in ICU , 28 on Ventilators.


August 16 2021 -The Northern Territory has a recorded one new case of COVID-19, a man in his 30s who spent time in the community while infectious.NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced a snap three-day lockdown for Darwin and the Katherine region from midday today to limit possible spread."We are in lockdown until midday Thursday," he said."The positive case is a man in his 30s, who travelled to the Northern Territory for legitimate work purposes on Thursday the 12th of August.

August 16 2021 -Act Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced that the lockdown in the ACT would be extended for another two weeks after recording 19 new cases of community transmission with a total of 28 active cases.

August 17 2021 -Victoria has recorded24 new COVID-19 cases as Melbourne awakes to a strict curfew, seemingly winding the clock back to 2020.Of the 24 new cases, 14 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, meaning 10 were infectious in the community.In total, 21 of the 24 new cases have been linked to the current outbreak, with three under investigation.There were 31,519 tests returned and 25,742 vaccinations administered.

August 17 2021-( Day 53 ) Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 452 new cases of COVID-19 ( 8735 total for current outbreak )with at least 101 being infectious while in the community. Over 151,767 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Jeremy Mcanulty from NSW Health announced that NSW recorded 1 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 57 for the current outbreak ) 447 in hospital ,69 in ICU , 24 on Ventilators.

August 17 2021-ACT records 17 new cases of COVID-19, It brings the total number of active cases in the territory to 45.None of those 45 cases are hospitalised.Canberrans broke a testing record with 7,380 being conducted yesterday.

August 18 2021-Victoria has recorded 24 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, 18 of whom were in quarantine while infectious.Contact tracers have linked 20 of the cases to existing clusters in Melbourne's Delta outbreak.Victoria processed 39,832 test results on Tuesday and delivered 27,173 vaccine doses at state-run sites.Melbourne's lockdown, which will run until September 2, has been tightened further with the cancellation of late-night weekend public transport.

August 18 2021-( Day 54 ) Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 633 new cases of COVID-19 ( 9,368 total for current outbreak )with at least 92 being infectious while in the community. Over 102,749 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 3 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 60 for the current outbreak ). 462 in hospital , 77  in ICU , 25 on Ventilators. Of the new cases, 224 are from the South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 216 are from Western Sydney LHD, 54 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD and 52 are from Sydney LHD. Asked if the statewide lockdown was likely to continue beyond this weekend, Deputy Premier John Barilaro said it was "a 50/50 call".The Premier said there was particular concern about the virus spreading in the Sydney suburbs of Merrylands, Guildford, Auburn, Greenacre, St Marys and Strathfield.

August 18 2021-The ACT has recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of active cases in the territory to 67. There are now more than 10,500 self-identified close contacts, and more than 190 contact locations in Canberra. Overnight the ACT's exposure location list expanded to include three more schools. Chief Minister Andrew Barr says since the lockdown began, 25,000 tests have been conducted — equivalent to about six per cent of the ACT's population.

August 19 2021-
Today marks an unpleasant milestone for Melburnians — it's the 200th day lived under lockdown restrictions.For many of us, the sequence of those days is just a fuzzy memory, smudged into the 17-month pandemic rollercoaster we've endured.
Victoria has recorded 57 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, 44 of whom were quarantined while infectious. Contact tracers have linked 54 of the cases back to the state's outbreak.Victoria processed 49,607 test results on Wednesday and delivered 27,581 vaccine doses at state-run sites.There are nearly 15,000 primary close contacts in quarantine, and Health Minister Martin Foley yesterday foreshadowed a jump in numbers as people returned their day-13 tests.Authorities are increasingly concerned by the number of mystery cases being identified around St Kilda, Middle Park and Caulfield, in Melbourne's inner south-east.

August 19 2021 - ( Day 55 ) Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 681 new cases of COVID-19 ( 10,049 total for current outbreak )with at least 68 being infectious while in the community. Over 110,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Marianne Gale NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 1 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 61 for the current outbreak ). 474 in hospital , 82 in ICU , 25 on Ventilators. 

August 19 2021- The ACT has recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases — including one linked to a childcare centre, taking the total number of active cases in Canberra to 83. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirmed that expanding list of contact locations meant more than 21,000 people were now in quarantine in the territory.He also confirmed that nine of the 83 cases were under investigation as they are not currently linked to known cases.Of those who have tested positive so far, 43 per cent of cases are in people aged 17 or younger, while 46 per cent are aged between 18 and 44.

August 20 2021-Victoria has recorded 55 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, 25 of whom were quarantined during their infectious period, including one case in Shepparton ( regional ).Contact tracers have identified the source of infection for 49 of the cases.Health authorities say testing and vaccination numbers are being verified and will be available shortly.There are more than 530 exposure sites listed in Victoria. Around 1,700 tests were taken across St Kilda sites on Thursday, as authorities try to understand the chains of transmission connecting a concerning number of mystery cases from the area.Health authorities have asked anyone who lives, works or spends time in St Kilda and surrounding areas from Middle Park to North Caulfield to get tested.48273 test were conducted in the last 24 hours.Victoria has 15 in hospital with 6 in ICU and 1 on a ventilator..

August 20 2021-( Day 56 ) Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 644 new cases of COVID-19 ( 10,693 total for current outbreak )with at least 71 being infectious while in the community. Over 127,590  tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 65 for the current outbreak ). 470 in hospital , 80 in ICU , 28 on Ventilators. Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that Greater Sydney lockdown would be extended to September 30 and a Curfew from 9pm to 5am from Monday for 12 selected LGA,s and areas of concern. From midnight on Monday, August 23, people in Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Strathfield must stay home between 9:00pm and 5:00am.It will also be mandatory for everyone to wear a mask while outside their home in NSW from midnight on Monday, unless they are exercising.In Sydney's LGAs of concern, people may only exercise outdoors for one hour per day from Monday. NSW Police have also been granted additional powers to enforce the new curfew restrictions, including being able to designate a person to self-isolate for two weeks.


August 20 2021-The ACT has recorded 12 new COVID-19 cases overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 94.ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said 11 of those new cases were linked to known cases, while the 12th was still being investigated.There were 6,804 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, and Mr Barr said waiting times for tests had improved significantly.There are 20,372 Canberrans in quarantine, among them both close and casual contacts of positive cases.

August 21 2021-Regional Victoria will go into lockdown at 1:00pm today in response to a growing number of cases emerging in Shepparton, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced. The change means there will be uniform lockdown restrictions across the state, except for the 9:00pm curfew, which will not be extended to regional Victoria. Metro Melbourne will move to a permit system for essential workers to utilise childcare.Victoria has recorded 61 new cases of COVID-19, including a number of cases in Shepparton already announced yesterday. Of the 61 new cases, 48 are linked to known outbreaks and 22 were in isolation.39 cases infectious in the community.The Health Department said an additional 16 cases were recorded on a rapid PCR testing platform and would be reported in tomorrow's numbers. There were 45,670 test results received yesterday, and 29,539 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites.
read the new Statewide Table of Restrictions PDF 
 

August 21 2021 - Mass Lockdown protests were held in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

August 21 2021
-Western Australia will reclassify New South Wales as a COVID-19 "extreme risk" state from Thursday. Premier Mark McGowan said the five-day rolling average of cases in NSW is now 531, triggering the reclassification up from high risk.The change will usher in the most severe state border restrictions seen in Australia since the start of the pandemic, including mandatory hotel quarantine for NSW arrivals, very limited exemptions and three COVID-19 tests during quarantine. Mr McGowan urged West Australians to return before the deadline.The only exemptions include politicians,gov officials and emergency workers.

August 21 2021- ( Day 57 ) Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 825 new cases of COVID-19 - It’s the highest number recorded by any Australian jurisdiction in a 24-hour period.( 11,518 total for current outbreak )with at least 58 being infectious while in the community. Over 124,610 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Marianne Gale NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 3 new deaths in the last 24 hours (68 for the current outbreak ). 516 in hospital , 85 in ICU ,29 on Ventilators.

August 22 2021-Victoria has recorded 65 new local cases of COVID-19 as a statewide lockdown sets in.The numbers include 21 cases in the Shepparton area that were announced yesterday.The new cases were identified from 44,147 test results received yesterday.There were 26,149 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites. The new cases came after a statewide lockdown came into effect yesterday afternoon, bringing regional Victoria back into line with Melbourne's strict stage 4 restrictions.Victoria has 27 in hospital.

August 22 2021-( Day 58 ) NSW Health minister Brad Hazzard announced that NSW recorded 830 new cases of COVID-19 .( 12,348  total for current outbreak )with at least 50 being infectious  in the community while 694 remain under investigation.Over 206,193 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Marianne Gale NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 3 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 71 for the current outbreak ). 550 in hospital , 94 in ICU , 31 on Ventilators.

August 23 2021 - Victoria has recorded 71 new local COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase in its recent Delta outbreak.Of the new cases, 49 have been linked to known outbreaks. The new cases were identified from 46,446 test results received yesterday, and there were 22,191 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites. On Sunday,Health Minister Martin Foley said he believed the state was still in the realm of hauling this back despite the growing outbreak in Shepparton.Victoria has 29 in hospital and 9 in ICU, 5 require ventilators.

August 23 2021-( Day 59 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 818 new cases of COVID-19 ( 13,166 total for current outbreak )with at least 57 being infectious in the community .Over 160,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Marianne Gale NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 3 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 74 for the current outbreak ). 586 in hospital ,100 in ICU ,32 on Ventilators.

August 23 2021-The ACT has recorded 16 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as the government announces Canberrans aged 16-29 will soon be able to register for Pfizer vaccinations.Three of the ACT's 16 new cases announced today were infectious in the community.ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirmed 13 of the new cases were linked to known cases, with three remaining under investigation.Overnight,the ACT's exposure sites grew by 33 including Bright Bees Early Learning Centre — the fifth childcare centre to be impacted by the current outbreak.There are currently a total of 364 COVID-19 exposure locations identified across the territory.

August 24 2021- ( Day 60 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 753 new cases of COVID-19 .( 13,919 total for current outbreak )with at least 71 being infectious in the community .Over 160,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded no new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 74 for the current outbreak ).608 in hospital ,107 in ICU ,34 on Ventilators.

August 24 2021-The ACT has reported 30 new cases of COVID-19, in what ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said was a "record number" for the national capital.The total number of active cases in the community is 167.Mr Barr said one person with COVID-19 was now in intensive care in a Canberra hospital.He said only 13 of the 30 new cases were in quarantine for their entire infectious period, while 11 were infectious in the community. Six cases remain under investigation about whether they were infectious while in the community.

August 24 2021-Victoria has recorded 50 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, only 11 of whom were in quarantine during their infectious period. Contact tracers have so far linked 40 of the new cases back to existing outbreaks.The state processed 48,424 test results on Monday, when 29,810 doses of vaccine were delivered at state-run sites.There are now more than 660 exposure sites listed across Victoria.The state has 34 in hospital with 9 in ICU and 7 requiring ventilation..

August 25 2021-Victoria has recorded 45 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as thousands of people scramble to make the most of expanded Pfizer eligibility. Just 17 of the new cases were in quarantine while infectious, and 36 of the cases have been linked to existing outbreaks.The results were detected from among 53,321 test results processed on Tuesday, when 31,629 vaccine doses were delivered at state-run sites.From this morning, 450,000 first-dose Pfizer appointments have been made available through state-run vaccination hubs, as eligibility for Pfizer expands.Those aged 18-39 can now receive either AstraZeneca or Pfizer, while those aged 16 and 17 are eligible for Pfizer.

August 25 2021-( Day 61 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 919 new cases of COVID-19 ( 14,838 total for current outbreak )with at least 55 being infectious in the community .Over 149,252 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded  two new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 76 for the current outbreak ). 645 in  hospital , 113 in ICU ( 98 not vaccinated ) ,49 on Ventilators.

August 26 2021-Victoria has recorded 80 new local cases of COVID-19 as hospitals begin to feel the strain of having hundreds of staff taken out of the health system. Of the new cases, 67 are linked to known outbreaks, and 39 have been in isolation for their entire infectious period.The new cases were identified from 56,248 test results received yesterday, and there were 33,932 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites.

August 26 2021-( Day 62 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian  announced that NSW recorded 1029 new cases of COVID-19 .( 15,867 total for current outbreak )with at least 61 being infectious in the community ,the isolation status of 844 cases remain under investigation.Over 151,272 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded  three new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 79 for the current outbreak ). 698 in  hospital , 116 in ICU ( 102 not vaccinated ) ,43 on Ventilators.Regional lockdown will be extended to September 10.freedoms for the fully vaccinated from September 11th was also announced..

August 26 2021-The ACT has recorded 14 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the territory’s outbreak to 190. All but one of the new cases were in quarantine for their entire infectious periods and all of the new cases are linked to other known positive infections or exposure sites.Twelve of the 14 new cases are household contacts of other cases. Nine people infected with the virus are in hospital.

August 27 2021-Victoria has recorded 79 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as the state's outbreak spreads further across northern Victoria.Contact tracers have linked 53 of the new cases to existing outbreaks.Victoria processed 50,535 test results on Thursday, when 33,611 doses of vaccine were delivered at state-run sites.

August 27 2021-( Day 63 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 882 new cases of COVID-19 .( 16,749 total for current outbreak )with at least 78 being infectious in the community.Over 118,120 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Marianne Gale NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded two new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 81 for the current outbreak ). 767 in  hospital , 117 in ICU ( 103 not vaccinated ) ,47on Ventilators.

August 28 2021-Victoria has recorded 64 new locally acquired COVID-19 infections, as the outbreak continued its spread into regional areas. 36 of the new cases were in quarantine for the duration of their infectious period, and 49 of the cases have been linked to existing outbreaks.35,753 doses of the vaccine were administered at state-run clinics, bringing the total number of vaccine doses administered to 2,324,198.55,333 test results were received in the past 24 hours.

August 28 2021-( Day 64 ) NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced that NSW recorded 1035 new cases of COVID-19 ( 17,784 total for current outbreak )with at least 65 being infectious in the community.Over 129,182 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Jeremy Mcanulty  from NSW Health announced that NSW recorded  two new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 83 for the current outbreak ). 778 in  hospital ,125 in ICU ( 110 not vaccinated ) ,52 on Ventilators.

August 29 2021-Victoria’s 6th lockdown has been extended indefinitely ( beyond September 02) as the state recorded its highest spike in cases in 12 months. "We see far too many cases today for us to seriously consider opening up later on this week," Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Sunday.He said he did not yet have advice on how long the lockdown should be extended for, but promised to look at different options as soon as that advice was available.Victoria has recorded 92 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as authorities are confronted with a possible new cluster emerging in inner Melbourne.It is the highest daily tally recorded in the state so far in 2021, and the largest number of cases recorded in a single day since 110 on September 2, 2020.Of the new infections, 61 are linked to known outbreaks.The new cases were found from 51,030 test results processed on Saturday, while 31,436 vaccines were delivered in state-run centres.
August 28 2021-( Day 65 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded  1218 new cases of COVID-19, It is a new daily record for the state, and the largest number ever recorded by an Australian jurisdiction in a 24-hour period..( 19,002 total for current outbreak ).Over 106,038 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Jeremy Mcanulty  from NSW Health announced that NSW recorded  six new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 89 for the current outbreak ). 813 in  hospital ,126 in ICU ( 113 not vaccinated ) ,54 on Ventilators.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in the past week, 834,000 people had received a vaccine dose."It is an outstanding result, it has broken all our records," she said.Thirty-five per cent of adults in NSW are now fully vaccinated — halfway to the state's 70 per cent target for opening up.

August 29 2021-After a record high for 2021 on Sunday, there have been 73 new local cases in Victoria reported on Monday with no new cases acquired overseas. There are now 805 active virus cases in the state, according to the Department of Health.A leading epidemiologist Tony Blakely says Victoria faces a difficult choice between two possible responses to its outbreak, as the state records 73 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.Contact tracers have so far linked 52 of the new cases to existing outbreaks.The state processed 41,395 test results on Sunday and delivered 26,702 vaccine doses at its state-run sites.

August 29 2021- ( Day 66 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1290 new cases of COVID-19 ( 20,292 total for current outbreak ).Over 157,221 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded  four new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 93 for the current outbreak ). 840 in  hospital ,137 in ICU ,48 on Ventilators.

August 30 2021-Victoria has recorded 76 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as health officials consider the restrictions that will remain when lockdown is extended on Thursday. Contact tracers have linked 45 of the new cases to existing outbreaks.The state processed 50,848 test results on Monday, when 32,162 vaccine doses were delivered at state-run sites.There are more than 1,000 exposure sites across Victoria.

August 30 2021-( Day 67 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1164 new cases of COVID-19 ( 21,456 total for current outbreak ).Over 130,027  tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded three new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 96 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 871 in  hospital ,143in ICU ,58 on Ventilators.

Sept 01 2021-Victoria has recorded 120 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, 64 of which have been linked to existing outbreaks.It is the first time the state's daily cases have been in the triple digits since 110 cases were detected on September 02 last year at the tail of the Victoria's devastating second wave.The health department on Tuesday afternoon announced it had been notified of the deaths of a woman in her 40s from the Darebin local government area and another woman in her 60s from the Hume local government area.They died at home and are the first COVID-related deaths recorded in Victoria this year, taking the state's overall tally across the pandemic to 822.Victoria processed 56,501 test results on Tuesday, when 33,455 doses of vaccine were delivered at state-run sites.

The government will today reveal which restrictions will remain in place from Friday, when the states lockdown will be extended.Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews said he would outline the plan to give more clarity to Victorians.The vast majority of Victoria's restrictions will stay in place until 70 per cent of Victorians have received at least one dose of vaccine, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced. Authorities had expressed optimism about the outbreak's stability, but Mr Andrews said in the last two days, a deterioration had led to changed public health advice.Authorities anticipate reaching the 70 per cent threshold by around September 23.After that threshold is reached, the 5-kilometre travel limit will expand to 10 kilometres and outdoor exercise will also be allowed for three hours with personal training permitted.Construction will also be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity once 90 per cent of workers have had one jab.From next Tuesday there will be priority vaccine program for year 12 students.Playgrounds will reopen from Friday, but only for children under 12 with only one parent or carer.The government said adults "should not remove their masks to eat or drink" and QR codes would be provided at playgrounds.

Read the full table of new Restrictions for Victoria from September 02 2021 PDF.

Read the media release for Dan Andrews - Victorian Premier

Sept 01 2021-( Day 68 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1116 new cases of COVID-19 ( 22,572 total for current outbreak ).Over 173,913 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Marianne Gale NSW  Deputy Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded four new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 100 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 917 in  hospital ,150 in  ICU ,66 on Ventilators.

Sept 02 2021-Victoria has recorded 176 new locally acquired COVID-19 infections, a day after the Premier conceded driving the state's Delta outbreak down to zero was no longer possible.Contact tracers have linked 83 of the new cases to existing outbreaks.Health authorities say more information will be provided later about the number of cases who were in quarantine while infectious.The state processed 48,372 test results on Wednesday, when state-run clinics administered 33,720 doses of vaccine.

Sept 02 2021-( Day 69 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1288 new cases of COVID-19 ( 23,860 total for current outbreak ).Over 127,428 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded seven new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 107 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 957 in hospital ,160 in ICU ,64 on Ventilators.

Sept 03 2021-Victoria has recorded 208 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one more person has died with the virus in the state.Of the new cases, 96 are linked to known outbreaks.It is the first time in more than a year the state has recorded more than 200 new cases in a day.The death recorded overnight is the third fatality this week from Victoria's Delta outbreak, which now stands at 1,180 active cases.The new cases were identified from 48,572 test results received yesterday, while there were 33,511 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites.

According to federal health department figures, 58.1 per cent of the eligible Victorian population has received their first dose of a vaccine, while 36 per cent are fully vaccinated. The Victoria - New South Wales border bubble has been tightened, with few permitted reasons to cross the border.Victoria has 41 people in hospital with 20 cases in ICU.

Sept 03 2021- ( Day 70 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1431 new cases of COVID-19 ( 25,291 total for current outbreak ).Over 154,654 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Marianne Gale NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 12 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 119 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 979 in hospital ,160 in ICU (127 not vaccinated ),63 on Ventilators.NSW has recorded over 827,000 vaccinations in the past week.

Sept 04 2021-Victoria has recorded 190 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as data reveals schools and workplaces have been some of the biggest drivers of the outbreak. Of the new infections, 103 have been so far linked to known outbreaks or cases. Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews said contact tracing interviews were taking more time due to the higher case load and more "complex" cases.Victoria recorded over 49,584 tests processed on Friday. There were 35,464 vaccines administered in state-run vaccination centres. Regional Victoria may have freedoms sooner, with the Premier foreshadowing changes to those settings next week.Premier Daniel Andrews is hatching plans to give vaccinated Victorians more freedoms and "lock out" others refusing to get the jab from venues such as sports stadiums, cinemas and pubs.Discussions are under way with industry to see how a "vaccinated economy" would work, Mr Andrews confirmed, with the required technology set to be trialled in regional Victoria after it exits lockdown.

Sept 04 2021-( Day 71 ) NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced that NSW recorded 1533 new cases of COVID-19 (  26,824 total for current outbreak ).Over 131,174 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Jeremy Mcanulty NSW Health announced that NSW recorded 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 123 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1041 in hospital ,173 in ICU ( 137 not vaccinated ) 62 on Ventilators.

Sept 05 2021-Victoria has recorded 183 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as the state pushes to get vaccination rates ahead of a rapidly growing outbreak.Of the new infections, 101 have been so far linked to known cases.The state has stopped providing detail on how many people were in the community while infectious as contact tracers deal with hundreds of new cases.It brings the total number of active cases in the state to 1,417.The new local cases were found from 48,487 test results processed on Saturday.Victoria has 53 in hospital and 23 in ICU..

Sept 05 2021-( Day 72 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1485 new cases of COVID-19 (28,309 total for current outbreak ).Over 115,495 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Jeremy Mcanulty NSW announced that NSW recorded 3 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 126 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1030 in hospital ,175  in ICU ( 137 not vaccinated )72 on Ventilators.

Sept 06 2021-Victoria has recorded 246 new cases of COVID-19 as the state races to vaccinate people to curb the spread of its Delta outbreak.The new cases resulted from 42,258 test results processed on Sunday, when 29,955 vaccine doses were delivered at state-run sites.Victoria has 89 people in hospital with 24 in ICU.

Sept 06 2021-( Day 73) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1281 new cases of COVID-19 (29,590 total for current outbreak ).Over 136,455 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 5 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 131 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1071 in hospital ,177 in ICU ,67 on Ventilators.

Sept 07 2021-Victoria has recorded 246 new cases two days in a row. Similar daily numbers were last recorded in mid-August 2020, during the state's second wave. Contact tracers have so far linked 90 of the cases to existing outbreaks.The cases were detected from 43,858 test results processed on Monday, when 32,300 doses of vaccine were delivered at state-run sites.Victoria has 110 in hospital ,30 in ICU ,14 on Ventilators.

Sept 07 2021-( Day 74 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1220 new cases of COVID-19 (30,810 total for current outbreak ).Over 100,745 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 8 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 139 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1151 in hospital ,192 in ICU ,75 on Ventilators.

Figures as of 07 September 2021.

Sept 07 2021-Another war of words between state and federal leaders has erupted over vaccine allocation, with Premier Daniel Andrews accusing the Commonwealth of shortchanging Victoria on vaccine allocations.“I signed up to a national plan to vaccinate our nation, not a national plan to vaccinate Sydney," he said.He said hundreds of thousands of vaccines that should have been given to Victorians were given to Sydney GP clinics."Some allocations, well I don't begrudge that, Sydney are in a very different set of circumstances, but they were known, they were announced," he said."This was not announced. This was done without anyone knowing, and the Commonwealth have got caught doing it."
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt disputed the notion the allocation was unfair,pointing to the extra doses Victoria received during its first Delta outbreak.He said allocation decisions had been made to "save lives" and Victoria had received "a higher per capita rate of doses delivered than NSW".Mr Hunt said Victoria's state-administered vaccination system had received 3 million doses, and the NSW government had received just over 3.3 million doses. That includes both AstraZeneca and Pfizer doses.The minister said "occasionally" he got the sense "some people are looking for a fight"."We're not. We want to work with everybody constructively," he said.

Sept 08 2021-Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the lockdown for Regional Victoria will end at 11.59pm 09 September 2021 with regional schools and business to re-open.Victoria has recorded 221 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, the majority of whom are mystery cases.Contact tracers have been able to link just 98 of those cases to existing outbreaks so far.The cases were among 42,429 test results processed on Tuesday, when 36,716 vaccine doses were delivered at state-run sites.Police have issued fines and say they are still investigating a religious gathering in Melbourne’s south -east that breached the public Heath orders yesterday.The Victorian government has committed to a slight easing of restrictions once 70 per cent of Victorians aged 16 years or older have had at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.Victoria currently has 120 in hospital ,33 in ICU ,15 on Ventilators.

Current Cases age breakdown -
1920 active cases 
Aged 0-9 285 cases
Aged 10-19 305 cases 
Aged 20-29 498 cases 
Aged 30 plus 315 cases 
With 86% of all active cases are under 50 years old.
Victoria is at 62.2% first dose and 38.6% fully vaccinated..


Read the New table of restrictions for Victoria PDF 

Sept 08 2021-( Day 75 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1480 new cases of COVID-19 ( 32,290 total for current outbreak ).Over 130,341 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Marianne Gale NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 9 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 148 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1136 in hospital ,194 in ICU( 158 not vaccinated ) ,78 on Ventilators.


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Sept 09 2021-Victoria has recorded 324 new local COVID-19 cases, as regional Victoria counts down the hours until the lifting of the current lockdown Of the 324 new cases, just 107 have been linked, meaning 217 are currently classed as mystery cases.There were 37,604 vaccinations administered and 54,242 tests received on Tuesday.The 324 new cases follows daily tallies of 221, 246 and 246 cases so far this week.It's the first day cases have topped 300 since August last year. As of tomorrow, all of regional Victoria (except greater Shepparton) will tentatively exit lockdown.However, the slight easing of rules has not been entirely welcomed, with Regional hospitality businesses saying the new rules are not viable.

Sept 09 2021-( Day 76 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the NSW Road Map to Freedom today.NSW recorded 1405 new cases of COVID-19 ( 33,695  total for current outbreak ).Over 156,481 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant  NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 6 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 154 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1175 in hospital ,202 in ICU, 80 on Ventilators.

Read the NSW ROADMAP TO FREEDOM HERE.

Sept 10 2021-Victoria has recorded 334 new local COVID-19 cases, as regional Victoria wakes to eased lockdown restrictions.Of the 334 new cases, 149 have been linked, meaning 185 are currently classed as mystery cases. There was also one death recorded, bringing the toll from the state's latest outbreak to four.There were 39,027 vaccinations administered and 42,998 tests received on Thursday.It's the highest daily caseload since August, 2020.It comes as regional Victoria, with the exception of Greater Shepparton, begins its first day out of lockdown with schools reopening to some students and travel restrictions eased. Hospitality venues have reopened, with strict capacity limits of 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors. 

Sept 10 2021- ( Day 77 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1542  new cases of COVID-19 ( 35,237 total for current outbreak ).Over 133,226 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Marianne Gale NSW  Deputy Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 9 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 163 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1156 in hospital ,207 in ICU, 89 on Ventilators.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that the daily press conferences would cease as of Monday and be delivered by a NSW health representative via Zoom.

Sept 11 2021-( Day 78 ) NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced that NSW recorded 1599 new cases of COVID-19 ( 36,836 total for current outbreak).Over 147,975 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Jeremy MCanulty NSW Health announced that NSW recorded 8 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 171 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1164 in hospital ,221 in ICU, 94 on Ventilators.

Sept 11 2021-Victoria has recorded 450 new cases of COVID-19. The positive cases were detected from 42,765 test results and contact tracers have only been able to link 75 to existing cases.Authorities have been increasingly concerned about the spread of Delta in Melbourne's north and west.More than 1,000 exposure sites remain, New COVID exposure sites have popped up in regional Victoria in Lorne and Daylesford a day after areas outside Melbourne, except Shepparton, exited lockdown.Victoria has 143 in hospital and 34 in ICU.

Sept 11 2021-Queensland authorities are on high alert again after five new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were detected in the community.The case of a 13-year-old girl, who attends a high school in Sunnybank on Brisbane's southside, has caused several venues to be added to the state's list of exposure sites after other members of her family also tested positive ,her mother, a staff member at Griffith University's Nathan campus, tested positive late last night.

Sept 11 2021- The ACT has recorded 15 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19.Six of those cases spent some time infectious in the community.Only one of the new cases is not yet linked to a known source.ACT Health has also confirmed a "day detainee" at Canberra's jail has tested positive to COVID-19 and will be included in tomorrow's case update.There are currently 16 patients in ACT hospitals, including three (3) in intensive care and one (1) requiring ventilation.Over 3,200, tests were collected across the ACT yesterday, from both Government and private providers. There were also 2,272 negative test results in the 24 hours to 9am today.

Sept 12 2021-Victoria has recorded 392 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as concerns grow over cases in regional areas.Of the new cases, only 107 have been linked so far to known outbreaks.The infections were detected among 48,063 test results yesterday.There are currently 3,112 active cases in the state, with the vast majority of those acquired in the community.There were 36,534 vaccinations administered at state-run sites yesterday. Authorities are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 regional Victoria, with the virus detected in Ballarat wastewater and a number of exposure sites added around Geelong, Lorne and Daylesford.It follows the easing of lockdown restrictions in regional Victoria, except Greater Shepparton, on Friday.Victoria has 147 in hospital and 34 in ICU with 28 on a ventilator.

Sept 12 2021- ( Day 79 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1262 new cases of COVID-19 ( 38,098 total for current outbreak ).Over 105,105 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Kerry Chant NSW Chief Health Officer announced that NSW recorded 7 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 178 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1206 in hospital ,220 in ICU, 92 on Ventilators.

Sept 13 2021-Victoria has recorded 473 new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day tally of the outbreak so far.Of the new cases, 202 have so far been linked to known outbreaks.There were 49,037 test results received yesterday, and 30,032 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites.Four Melbourne childcare centres were listed as tier 1 exposure sites overnight, bringing the number of venues to nearly 1,100.The latest figures show at least 66.2 per cent of the eligible 16+ population has had one dose of a vaccine, and 40.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Sept 13 2021-( Day 80) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1257new cases of COVID-19 ( 39,355 total for current outbreak ).Over 137,668 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Dr Jeremy Mcanulty  NSW Health announced that NSW recorded 7 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 185 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1189 in hospital ,222in ICU, 94 on Ventilators.

Sept 14 2021-Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino announced that Victoria recorded 445 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and two more deaths, as the state's Delta outbreak continues to spread.Of the new cases, 129 are linked to known outbreaks.There were 42,694 test results received yesterday, and 36,615 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites.The latest figures show 65.5 per cent of the Victorian population aged over 16 has had at least one dose of vaccine, and 41 per cent are fully vaccinated.Victoria has 158 in hospital with 45 in ICU and 23 on a ventilator..

Sept 14 2021- ( Day 81) Dr Jeremy Mcanulty announced that NSW recorded 1127 new cases of COVID-19 ( 40,482 total for current outbreak ).Over 114,084 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 2 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 186 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1253 in hospital ,231 in  ICU, 104 on Ventilators.

Sept 14 2021-ACT Chief Minster Andrew Barr announced the lockdown in the ACT would be extended for a further four weeks ( until 15 October 2021 - The ACT has been in lockdown since August 12.)ACT announced 22 new cases of COVID-19 with at least 13 being infectious in the community..ACT has 10 in hospital with 2 in ICU..3721 test were conducted over the past 24 hours..

Sept 15 2021-( Day 82 ) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that NSW recorded 1259 new cases of COVID-19 ( 41,741 total for current outbreak ).Over 137,498 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 12 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 198 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1241 hospital ,234 in ICU, 108 on Ventilators.Today NSW reached 80% single dose Vaccine with 47.5% fully vaccinated.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also announced the lifting of the curfew in the LGA,s of concern from tonight..

Sept 15 2021-(42nd day of current lockdown ) Victoria has recorded 423 new local COVID-19 cases, the day after Ballarat recorded its first COVID case in more than a year.Of the 423 new cases, 149 have been linked, meaning 274 are currently classed as mystery cases.There have also been two deaths recorded.There were 41,856 vaccinations administered and 54,649 tests received on Tuesday.
The Regional town of Ballarat will be plunged back into lockdown after less than a week of slight freedom.Premier Daniel Andrews announced the localised lockdown would be implemented at 11.59pm tonight (Wednesday).It will last for at least seven days and the rules will be the same as we previously saw and the same as metropolitan Melbourne.However, a curfew will not apply.There have been two additional cases overnight, both household contacts of yesterday's case that was announced.
Read the updated table of restrictions for Ballarat and Metro Melbourne

 

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Sept 16 2021-Victoria has recorded 514 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as regional communities in the state transition in and out of lockdown.Contact tracers have linked just 148 of the new cases to known outbreaks.There were 61,961 test results received on Tuesday, and 41,758 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites.Around 68.3 per cent of Victorians have now had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with the state expected to reach its 70 per cent first-dose vaccination target for those aged 16 or older today or tomorrow.
Victorians will enjoy more minor freedoms but construction workers must be vaccinated and will be banned from travelling to and from Melbourne, under new restrictions from this weekend.
From 11:59pm Friday, up to five adults from two households who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to meet for a picnic or another outdoor social activity.In announcing the change, Premier Daniel Andrews said unvaccinated adults would only be allowed to meet up with one other person from another household.“This is what Victorians have craved for a long time and we're pleased to be able to take these modest but I think significant steps," Mr Andrews said.The amount of exercise or outdoor socialising allowed will double from two hours to four hours and you will be able to travel 10 kilometres from your home.


Read the new Table of Restrictions for Metro Melbourne and Ballarat

Read the Statement regarding new freedoms from Premier Dan Andrews 

Sept 16 2021- ( Day 83 ) NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced that NSW recorded 1351 new cases of COVID-19 ( 43,092 total for current outbreak ).Over 129,266 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 12 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 210 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1231 hospital ,231 in ICU, 108 on Ventilators.Lismore and Albury to re-enter lockdown.

Pic - Frontline COVID-19 testing staff seen at the drive through COVID-19 testing clinic in Ballarat 16 September 2021. 

Sept 17 2021-Victoria has recorded 510 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and one death, as the state prepares for a slight easing of restrictions. The death of a woman in her 50s with COVID-19 marks the ninth coronavirus fatality linked to the current outbreak.Of the new infections, just 124 have been so far linked to known cases or outbreaks.They were detected from 55,476 test results processed on Thursday.It brings the number of active infections in the state to 4,697. Nine new infections have been detected in regional Victoria, including three in locked-down Ballarat, all linked to known cases.Victoria has 208 with 49 in ICU and  32 requiring a ventilator.

Sept 17 2021- ( Day 84 ) NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Marianne Gale announced that NSW recorded 1284 new cases of COVID-19 ( 44,376 total for current outbreak ).Over 155,334 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 12 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 222 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1245 hospital ,228 in ICU, 112 on Ventilators.

Sept 18 2021-Victoria has recorded 535 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and one further death as the state wakes to a slight easing of restrictions.It is the highest single-day tally since the outbreak began.Of the new infections, only 62 have been so far linked to known cases or outbreaks.They were detected from 61,622 test results processed yesterday. There were 45,537 vaccines administered at state-run sites on Friday.The state this week passed a target of having 70 per cent of people aged 16 and over with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.As a result, people in Melbourne and Ballarat are now allowed more time for exercise and recreation, the 5 kilometre radius has expanded to 10km and two households can now enjoy picnics outdoors. It is the first time there are different rules for fully vaccinated people, with up to five people from two households allowed to gather if everyone has had two doses but only two people permitted to meet if they are not double dosed.There are 207 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 56 of those cases are in intensive care, with 40 cases on a ventilator.

Sept 18 2021 -( Day 84 ) NSW recorded 1331 new cases of COVID-19 ( 45,085 total for current outbreak ).Over 120,954  tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 6 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 228 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1219 hospital ,233 in ICU, 123 on Ventilators.

Sept 19 2021-Victoria has recorded 507 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one further death ahead of the unveiling of a roadmap out of lockdown.It takes the number of active cases in the state to 5,262, with the vast majority of those acquired in the community.They were detected from 58,619 test results processed on Saturday.There were 43,441 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in state-run sites.Earlier federal data shows at least 71.2 per cent of Victorians had one dose, and 43.5 per cent were fully vaccinated.With infections expected to keep rising and pressure mounting on the state's healthcare system, Melbourne will stay in some form of lockdown until more of the population has had both doses.From tonight Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell shire surrounds will re-enter lockdown due to increased cases in the region.
A roadmap, underpinned by Burnet Institute modelling, will be released by Premier Daniel Andrews later today.( see below )

Read the Premiers Statement 
Read the Summary of proposed restriction levels  
Read the Road Map for Metro 
Read the Road Map for Regional Victoria 
Read the Road Map Summary


Sept 19 2021
-( Day 85 ) NSW recorded 1083 new cases of COVID-19 ( 46,168 total for current outbreak ).Over 99,782 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 13 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 241 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1238  hospital ,234 in ICU, 123 on Ventilators.

Sept 20 2021-Victoria has recorded 567 new local COVID-19 cases as the state's roadmap to freedom released yesterday left many feeling "despondent".As Melburnians prepare for another five weeks of hard lockdown under the state's new restrictions roadmap The figure is the state's highest COVID-19 daily case number this year.The Department of Health said one person died from the virus yesterday.There were 39,939 vaccine doses administered and 50,915 tests conducted.Victoria has 209 COVID-19 cases in hospital with 59 of those cases are in intensive care, with 40 cases on a ventilator.440 Victorian Pharmacies to roll out Moderna Vaccine from this week.
The Victorian government will forcibly shutdown all construction sites in metropolitan Melbourne and all other locked down local government areas in response to violent protests on Monday. The Andrews government engaged in crisis talks on Monday night with the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, following the heated brawls outside the union's Elizabeth Street offices in Melbourne's CBD.Protesters rallied against the Victorian government's mandate requiring all construction workers to have at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by September 27.Victoria police deployed crowd control equipment and arrested several in attendance. All construction sites in metropolitan Melbourne, and the local government areas currently subject to lockdown restrictions ( Ballarat, Geelong, Mitchell Shire and Surf Coast )will be shutdown, effective from 11:59pm on Monday evening.The shutdown is scheduled to last for two weeks.
Read the Statement from the Premiers office 

Sept 20 2021-( Day 86 ) NSW recorded 935 new cases of COVID-19 ( 47,103 total for current outbreak ).Over 124,650 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 245 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ). 1207 hospital ,236 in ICU, 123 on Ventilators.

Sept 21 2021- Victoria has recorded 603 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.(403 cases are linked to 186 construction sites.)There were also one death recorded, 13th for the current outbreak.It is the highest daily figure since last year's deadly second wave.The cases were detected from 48,829 test results received on Monday, when the state delivered 40,811 vaccine doses at state-run sites.Victoria 241 in hospital ,60 in ICU ,39 on Ventilators.

Sept 21 2021-( Day 87 ) NSW recorded 1,022 new cases of COVID-19 ( 48,125 total for current outbreak ).Over 121,661 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 10 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 255 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ).1266 hospital ,244 in ICU ,( 181 not vaccinated ) 118 on Ventilators.NSW has 53% of the population fully vaccinated..

Sept 22 2021-Deputy Premier James Merlino announced that Victoria has recorded 628 new cases of COVID-19 amid fears the virus infections could explode as mass construction protests took place in the Melbourne CBD yesterday.The Department of Health said three people died from the virus overnight.Today's case numbers are a high for the 2021 wave.More than 60,829 people came forward for testing yesterday and there were 43,056 vaccine doses administered across the state. There are 257 in hospital with COVID-19 ( 81 not vaccinated )with 58 in ICU and 37 on a ventilator..Ballarat in Regional Victoria will end their seven day lockdown at 11.59 tonight.
Victoria’s deputy premier, James Merlino, has also confirmed that a vaccine mandate will be brought in for all teachers and staff in the state’s primary and high school system and staff at early childhood learning settings, with the deadline for the first does set for just over three weeks times on 18 October and all staff or be fully vaccinated by 29 November 2021.
A "watch and act" emergency warning has been issued for Victoria as residents are told to brace for more aftershocks after a record-breaking earthquake struck the state.The 5.9 magnitude quake hit near Mansfield, 180km north-east of Melbourne, about 9.15am today, according to  Geoscience Australia.The earthquake is the largest Victoria has ever experienced.

Sept 22 2021-( Day 88 ) NSW recorded 1,035 new cases of COVID-19 ( 49,096 total for current outbreak ).Over 133,839 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 5 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 260 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ).1232 hospital ,242 in ICU ,122 on Ventilators.

Sept 23 2021-Victoria has recorded 766 new local cases of COVID-19 and four deaths.It is the highest single-day tally ever recorded in Victoria.The new infections were detected from 62,408 test results processed on Wednesday.There were 40,957 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered at state-run sites.Victoria has now reached 74.4 per cent first dose vaccination coverage and at least 45.2 per cent double dose.

Sept 23 2021-( Day 89 ) NSW recorded 1,063 new cases of COVID-19 ( 50,159 total for current outbreak ).Over 139,182 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 6 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 266 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ).1244 hospital ,233 in ICU ,112 on Ventilators.83.6% of NSW adults have received their first dose on vaccine.

Sept 24 2021-Victoria has recorded 733 new local cases of COVID-19 and one further death.The new infections were detected from 56,520 test results processed on Thursday.It brings the total number of active cases to 7,160, the vast majority of those acquired in the community.There were 41,029 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in state-run sites.The latest federal data shows more than 75 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 have had one dose, and more than 45 per cent have had two.The tally comes after a man who attended protest at the Shrine of Remembrance earlier this week tested positive to COVID-19.The man is in hospital but not in ICU, health sources yesterday told the ABC.Victoria had 297 in hospital with 66 in ICU and 46 on a ventilator.

Sept 24 2021-( Day 90 ) NSW recorded 1,043 new cases of COVID-19 ( 51,202 total for current outbreak ).Over 131,668 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 11 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 277 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 ).1186 hospital ,232 in ICU ,110 on Ventilators.

Sept 25 2021-Western Australia has closed the border to Victoria.Effective 12.01am Wednesday, September 29, Victoria will transition to 'extreme risk'.Travel will not be permitted from Victoria into WA except in extraordinary circumstances. This means that under the 'extreme risk' category, travel from Victoria to Western Australia will not be permitted unless approved under the strictest of conditions.

Sept 25 2021-Victoria has recorded 847 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one further death, amid warnings to stay home this grand final day.The new infections were found from 57,342 test results processed on Friday. It is the highest single-day tally of the outbreak to date.It brings the total number of active infections in the state to 7,611, the vast majority of those acquired in the community.Parts of the state remain in lockdown and a strict curfew is still in place in Melbourne, which will come into effect midway through tonight's AFL grand final.Victoria has 321 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 65 people in intensive care, 45 of whom require ventilation.

Sept 25 2021-( Day 91 ) NSW recorded 1,007 new cases of COVID-19 ( 52,209 total for current outbreak ).Over 108,105 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 11 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 288 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 )1,187 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 229 people in intensive care, 118 of whom require ventilation.

Sept 26 2021-Over the past 24 hours, Victoria has recorded 779 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and two further deaths, as locked-down parts of the state wait to find out if restrictions will ease.The new infections were detected from 46,322 test results processed on Saturday.It brings the number of active infections in the state to 8,011, the vast majority of those acquired in the community.Case numbers had been rising sharply, with yesterday's tally of 847 a record-high count.Geelong, Surf Coast and the Mitchell Shire are on their seventh day of a scheduled week-long lockdown.Health Minister Martin Foley yesterday confirmed restrictions would lift in Victoria's Surf Coast from 11:59pm tonight, but warned that the lockdown could be extended in Geelong and Mitchell Shire.There were 34,280 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in state-run sites yesterday.The latest federal data shows nearly 77 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and above have had one dose of a vaccine, while nearly 47 per cent have had both.Victoria had 325 in hospital with 73 in ICU and 54 on a ventilator.

Sept 26 2021-( Day 92 ) NSW recorded 961 new cases of COVID-19 ( 53,170 total for current outbreak ).Over 106,541 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 9 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 297 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 )1,146 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 222 people in intensive care, 117 of whom require ventilation. Across NSW, 85.2 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 59.2 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on Friday 24 September 2021.

Sept 27 2021-Victoria has recorded 705 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one more death.It brings the total death toll of the current outbreak to 25.The cases were detected from 51,252 test results processed on Sunday.At state-run sites, 29,657 doses of the vaccine were administered.The City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire left lockdown at 11:59pm Sunday, with only metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire remaining in lockdown. Victoria is expected to reach its target of having 80 per cent of the population aged 16 and older vaccinated with at least one dose this week. The Victorian government will conduct trials in businesses and events across highly vaccinated parts of regional Victoria to help the state open progressively as a vaccinated economy when it
meets the key double dose thresholds outlined in the state government's roadmap.

Sept 27 2021 - ( Day 93 ) NSW recorded 787 new cases of COVID-19 ( 53,957 total for current outbreak ).Over 93,577 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW recorded 12 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 309 for the current outbreak since 16 June 2021 )There are currently 1,155 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 214 people in intensive care, 115 of whom require ventilation.NSW unveils 3 stage reopening roadmap.

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Sitting here in Lockdown again in Regional Victoria Australia we though we might just compile a short synopsis of the Lockdowns we have had to endure over the past year and a half in Victoria and Regional Victoria..Its has been a trying period for all involved and absolutely devastating for all business and the just the whole economy and the just the health and wellbeing of all the millions of residents of the state of Victoria.Through the camera lens I covered a lot of the early stages of the lock downs in Melbourne CBD and other events relating to the pandemic which I have included with the following article which just gives you a brief description and timeline with key dates and events during our lock down periods..

COVID-19 became real and hit home for me when I standing in a Photographers Pit on turn 2 at Albert Park on 10am on the 13th March waiting for Practice One for the Supercars followed later by free practice one for the Formula One and the news filtered through that the GP was cancelled..

Pic-Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 13th Mar, 2020. FIA Formula One World Championship 2020 - Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix - Press Conference to formally announce the cancelation of the Australian GP - Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott (center) with Formula 1 senior management personnel addressing the Large Media Gallery - Image Credit: Brett Keating
 


Lockdown One - 2020 ( Australia  Wide )

Australian borders were closed to all non-residents on 20 March, and returning residents were required to spend two weeks in supervised quarantine hotels from 27 March.Many individual states and territories also closed their borders to varying degrees, with some remaining closed until late 2020, and continuing to periodically close during localised outbreaks.Social distancing rules were imposed on 21 March, and state governments started to close “non-essential” services. “Non-essential services” included social gathering venues such as pubs and clubs but unlike many other countries did not include most business operations such as construction, manufacturing and many retail categories.The number of new cases initially grew sharply, then levelled out at about 350 per day around 22 March, and started falling at the beginning of April to under 20 cases per day by the end of the month.
A second wave of infections emerged in Victoria during May and June 2020, which was attributed to an outbreak at a Melbourne quarantine hotel. The second wave, though largely localised to Melbourne, was much more widespread and deadlier than the first; at its peak, the state had over 7,000 active cases.Victoria underwent a second strict lockdown which eventually lasted almost four months.

March 10 2020-  Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews warned Victorians to expect “extreme measures” in the wake of the federal government updating the travel advice for Italy. These could include cancelling major sporting events, requiring entire economic sectors to work from home, and calling recently retired health professionals to return to work.

April 14 - Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos announced that Victoria would have the widest coronavirus testing in Australia, with anyone having COVID-19 symptoms able to get tested.The statement was issued that those who presented with fever or chills, in the absence of any other alternative diagnosis that explained the issue, or acute respiratory infection characterised by coughing, sore throat or shortness of breath should be tested for coronavirus.

Key Dates -

March 14 - 13 new cases, Victoria’s first day of a double-digit increase

March 16 - A state of emergency was declared on 16 March, which was extended on 12 April, with existing directions remaining in place including staying at home, restrictions on particular activities, detention, restrictions on airports and cruise ships, aged care, hospitals and isolation for people diagnosed with COVID-19.It was extended further on 11 May.On 22 March, the school holiday was brought forward from 27 to 24 March.


Read the Premier Dan Andrews Statement on the State of Emergency
Read the Extension to the State of Emergency 
Read the Update 22/03 Coronavirus Measures - Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Read the Update 25/03 CoronaVirus Measures- Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Read the 3 step framework for a COVID-19 safe Australia - Federal 

March 26 - First coronavirus deaths in Victoria, with three in 24 hours
March 27 - National cabinet announces returned overseas travellers must complete 14 days of hotel quarantine. Victoria decides to use private security guards in its program

March 28 - Peak of Victoria’s first wave, with 111 new cases
May 31 - Victoria’s state of emergency extended for three weeks ahead of stage-three restrictions easing the next day. Four new cases, 74 active cases
June 6 2020- No new cases for the first time since March 5. A Black Lives Matter rally draws thousands of protesters to the Melbourne CBD

PIC - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: Protesters march in Bourke Street on June 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Events across Australia have been organised in solidarity with protests in the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota and to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia. Image Brett Keating

June 14-2020 - Further easing of restrictions announced for June 21-Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the state will further ease coronavirus restrictions on June 22, allowing cinemas and theatres to reopen and boosting customer capacity for hospitality venues.Under the changes, the number of people allowed inside enclosed spaces at cafes, restaurants, pubs, cinemas, concert venues, theatres, libraries and community centres and halls will rise from 20 to 50.But the venues will remain subject to a density requirement of one customer per 4 square metres, meaning entry will need to be carefully restricted by businesses and some will be unable to reach the 50-person cap in place.

June 17 - While discussing border restrictions with South Australia, Premier Daniel Andrew sparks a cross-border spat by asking “Why would you want to go there?”. The comment comes after confirmation of 21 new coronavirus cases - Victoria’s highest increase in more than a month.

June 20 -  the Victorian Government re-tightened restrictions on household gatherings following a spike in community transmitted cases over the previous week, reported to be mainly caused by family-to-family transmission in large household gatherings. From 22 June, households could once again only have five visitors; and most easing of restrictions that were to take place were postponed.
June 25 - Cases continue to rise, a testing blitz is announced and the defence force called in, but the number of personnel becomes a point of confusion.
June 26 - Concerns grow about Melbourne’s hotel quarantine program for returning international travellers. It’s revealed 30 per cent of them are refusing tests.
June 29 - Hot spot suburbs in Melbourne’s north and northwest return to lockdown and all international flights into the city are put on hold
June 30 -  the Victorian Government re-enforced local lockdowns across 10 different Melbourne postcodes. Residents there would need to comply with the four acceptable reasons to leave their houses: shopping for essentials; for medical or compassionate needs; exercise in compliance with the public gathering restriction of two people; and for work or education purposes.

July 02-  the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the “Judicial Inquiry into Hotel Quarantine Program”. This followed some cases of coronavirus in Victoria being linked by DNA sequencing to a breach in hotel quarantine infection control. The Inquiry was to “… examine the operation of Victoria’s hotel quarantine program for returning travellers.” It was headed by retired judge Jennifer Coate, and was scheduled to deliver its report to the Governor by 25 September.The inquiry was delayed by lockdown restrictions.Andrews noted that “it is abundantly clear that what has gone on here is completely unacceptable and we need to know exactly what has happened.”An interim report was published on 6 November,and the inquirys final report was published on 21 December.The Government response to the interim report was published in November.July 4 - A full lockdown is announced at short notice for nine Melbourne public housing towers, described as “vertical cruise ships”, as Victoria records 108 new cases - its first day above 100 since late March.

July 04 -  the Victorian Government announced two more postcodes affected by the lockdown until 29 July 2020.Nine public housing towers housing 3,000 residents were also added, with the additional condition that residents could not leave the tower under any circumstances for five days, with the possibility of an extension to 14 days.The Victorian ombudsman later found the lockdown of the public housing towers breached human rights laws.

Pic-Police Patrol the CBD Streets during the Second lock-down.

 

Lockdown Two - ( Victoria )
Began July 08 2020 ( 111 Days )

 


Graph of Daily Victorian cases during the second lockdown..peak of 725 cases on 5 August 2020 and 723 cases on 30 July 2020.


View the Complete daily Cases and Stats for Lockdown 2 in Victoria

On 6 July, the Victorian and NSW state Governments announced that their interstate border would be re-closed from the start of 8 July.

On 7 July, after recording 191 new cases, Premier Andrews announced that metropolitan Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell would re-enter lockdown from 12 am on 9 July, for 6 weeks.
View the Table of Restrictions Metro Melbourne & Mitchell Shire PDF

July 09 2020 - Melbourne's five million residents will be barred from leaving home for six weeks, except for essential reasons and police erect the RING OF STEEL to seperate greater Melbourne from regional Victorian communities.

 On 19 July, following a “concerning increase in coronavirus cases”, Premier Andrews announced that “face coverings” were to be made mandatory in metropolitan Melbourne, and Mitchell Shire. This was not enforced until after 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday 22 July to allow the populace time to acquire a face covering.In addition, the state of emergency was extended until 16 August 2020.

On July 20 - Hotel quarantine inquiry begins.

On July 20 - Australian Lamb company in Colac has one of the worst outbreaks in regional Victoria as the cluster will grow to over 83 workers testing positive to COVID-19.

Pic - COVID-19 Frontline Medical testing staff are seen at a pop-up site at Colac Area Health. Victoria has recorded 374 new cases overnight with 3 further deaths, health workers are busy at the Colac drive through testing facility in Regional Victoria.21 Jul 2020-Image Brett Keating

From 22 July, as the chance of coronavirus infection remained high in aged care and health care settings, visits were restricted to carers only, and with a limit of one hour per day.

From 23 July, “face coverings” in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire became mandatory whenever residents leave their homes. A fine of A$200 was imposed to those not complying, though medical and other exemptions were allowed, such as not being required for children under 12 years of age.

On 02 August 2020 -  Victoria records 671 cases and seven deaths a state of disaster was declared and metropolitan Melbourne was moved to Stage 4 restrictions. A curfew across Melbourne from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. was imposed, a 5 km (3.1 mi) radius restriction as added, and other restrictions that had previously been applied only to selected postcodes were applied to the whole of metropolitan Melbourne. A permit system was introduced for any residents that still needed to travel to work outside of their 5 km radius.
View the Premier Dan Andrews Statement
View the Permitted industries Stage Four PDF
View the Table of Restrictions PDF

On Aug 5 - Peak of 725 new cases.

On Aug 11 - Peak of 7880 active Victorian cases

On 6 September (Father’s Day), the “Roadmap for Reopening” was announced; a series of four steps towards “COVID Normal” which would begin on 13 September. In the “First Step”, which applied to metropolitan Victoria, several restrictions were eased including a reduction of the curfew, some loosening of rules around outdoor exercise and social interactions, the introduction of a “bubble” that allowed single people living alone to nominate one person to be allowed to visit them during the first two steps, and increased limits for weddings, funerals and religious gatherings. At the same time, it was announced that regional Victoria would move to the “Second Step”, which included a staged return of students to onsite learning as well as the reopening of outdoor public pools and further increases to limits for weddings, funerals and religious gatherings. 
Victorian RoadMap PDF

On Sept 25 - Mr Andrews appears before the inquiry, apologises to Victorians

On Sept 26 - Health Minister Jenny Mikakos resigns.

On Oct 1- Victorian death toll reaches 800

On Oct 5 - Victorian school students start returning to the classroom

On Oct 12 - Top Victorian government bureaucrat Chris Eccles resigns

On 18 October, regional Victoria was moved to “Step Three”, which included the reopening of most businesses to the public, increased seating for hospitality, the allowance of visitors for all residents and the resumption of some indoor sports. At the same time, the 5 km limit in metropolitan Victoria was increased to 25 km and the two-hour time limit was removed, however the border between metropolitan and regional Victoria (often referred to as the “ring of steel”) was strengthened with extra checkpoints added. 
Second Step Restrictions for Greater Melbourne PDF

On 26 October, First clean slate of no new cases, no deaths since June 9. Mr Andrews is emotional as he announces the end of Melbourne’s lockdown, with hospitality venues and retail reopening.
metropolitan restrictions were eased, with residents allowed to leave home for any reason, all retail businesses allowed to reopen, hospitality venues allowed to seat patrons, further relaxations on outdoor gatherings, and allowance of visitors to all residents, with some caveats. The 25 km restriction and “Ring of steel” remained in place, however. With a length of 111 days, Victoria’s second lockdown was the longest continuous lockdown world-wide.

Third Step Summary Restrictions PDF
 

On 8 November, metropolitan restrictions were brought into line with regional restrictions with travel now being allowed to and from anywhere in the state. Indoor recreation, community and entertainment venues were also reopened. Restrictions on accommodation were also loosened in an effort to encourage intrastate tourism. It was also announced that, subject to public health advice, Victoria would move to the “Last Step” on 22 November.
Last Step Summary PDF 

On Nov 9 - Melbourne’s “ring of steel” and the 25km travel limit end

On Nov 12 - DHHS Secretary Kym Peake steps down

On Nov 13 - SA to reopen Victorian border on Dec 1

On Nov 23 - NSW reopens Victorian border, further easing of restrictions, including masks no longer mandatory outdoors

On Nov 24 - No active cases in Victoria for the first time since Feb 29

On 27 November, Victoria recorded its 28th consecutive day of 0 new cases and 0 deaths, and had 0 active cases, epidemiologically eliminating the virus.
ParlimentVictoria-Question-time-8ParlimentVictoria-Question-time-8Parliament of Victoria Question Time - Dan Andrews. PIC - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: Premier Daniel Andrews speaks during Question Time of the Victorian Legislative Assembly on 10 November, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. COVID-19 restrictions have eased further across Victoria, with the metro-regional border and 25km travel limit from home no longer in force.Image Credit: Brett Keating

Resumption of hotel quarantine

On 30 November, the Victorian government announced that a new dedicated agency, “COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria” (CQV), had been created. The interim Commissioner of CQV is the Commissioner of Corrections, Emma Cassar. CQV is part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Enquirys’ interim report. It will oversee all parts of the Victorian quarantine program: mandatory quarantine for people entering Australia, Health Hotels for positive and suspected cases, or close contacts, and Frontline Worker Accommodation. The CQV Commissioner will be supported by three Deputy State Controllers. Deputy Chief Health Officer Professor Ben Cowie will lead the CQVs’ health management. Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther will provide expertise in enforcement.As of 15 January 2021 the third Controller was still to be appointed. On 5 May 2021, the CQV general manager of infection control, Matius Bush, was stood down by the Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson pending a conduct review. Bush breached infection controls twice by: refusing a COVID test at a quarantine hotel when requested by Defence personnel; and failing to sanitise or change his mask when returning to a quarantine hotel from a coffee shop. Reports about the breaches were leaked and published in The Australian newspaper.

On 17 December, the Victorian ombudsman tabled a report in the Victorian Parliament in which she found the 4 July lockdown of public housing towers In Melbourne breached human rights laws.

On 30 December, Victoria’s 61-day streak of zero community cases came to an end as three community cases were identified, linked to the New South Wales outbreak. As a precautionary measure for New Year’s Eve the Victorian Government reduced household gatherings from 30 people to 15 and mandated masks within an indoor setting. The border to New South Wales closed at 11:59 pm on 31 December, with returning Victorian residents from “green zones” that returned before the deadline made to isolate until they received a negative test result. Those that returned afterwards would have to get tested and isolate for 14 days, aligning the restrictions with visitors from the Northern Beaches and Greater Sydney that had been enforced 11 days prior.

On 3 February 2021, a quarantine hotel worker at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, a “resident support officer” involved in the Australian Open tennis quarantine program, was found to have COVID-19. From 11:59 pm Victoria immediately reintroduced some rules, tightened some, and put off imminent easing of some restrictions. The plan to, from 8 February (Monday), allow up to 75 per cent of office workers back into their workplaces was put on hold. Masks are mandatory inside, and only 15 persons are allowed at private events. The man visited at least 14 businesses from 29 January to 1 February, but was able to give contact tracers a detailed list of places and times. Anyone who was at those places at those times, must be tested, and isolate for 14 days. Testing site hours were extended from 4 February, opening at 8 am. More drive-through lanes were added, and additional testing sites opened.By 5 February, genomic sequencing confirmed that the Hyatt worker was infected with the more contagious “UK strain” of COVID-19.

Australian_Open_Tennis_Players_In_Melbourne_ Quarantine-026Australian_Open_Tennis_Players_In_Melbourne_ Quarantine-026MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: A tennis player is seen leaving the Pullman Hotel for their training session on January 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Tennis players and support are currently in 14 days of quarantine after arriving in Melbourne on International flights, ahead of the 2021 Australian Open

PIC - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: A General View of the Grand Hyatt as Victoria Police Gaurd the entrance on January 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Tennis players and support are currently in 14 days of quarantine after arriving in Melbourne on International flights, ahead of the 2021 Australian Open

Lockdown Three - ( Victoria )
Began Feb 12 2021 ( 5 Days )
7 Day Circuit Breaker Restrictions PDF

 

On 12 February, it was announced that a five-day lockdown under Stage 4 restrictions would take effect beginning at 11:59 pm. AEDT, due to a cluster of 13 cases tied to a Holiday Inn quarantine hotel near Melbourne Airport, which have been assumed to be the UK variant. It was alleged by health officials to have been spread on a hotel floor due to a patient’s use of an aerosol-generating nebuliser, which is normally banned under hotel quarantine.By 14 February the cluster had grown to 16,and by 16 February, the number of confirmed infections had increased to 19.By 19 February, the Melbourne Holiday Inn outbreak had increased to 22, one person was admitted to intensive care, and about 3,515 contacts were quarantined.

Residents may not leave their homes except for essential shopping, exercise, caregiving, essential work, or participating in a professional sporting event. Residents may only shop or exercise within five kilometres of their homes. Face masks are mandatory at all times out-of-home, all public gatherings are banned, and all schools are closed. As they account for the majority of UK variant cases, international arrivals into Victoria were also suspended.All Australian states and territories have placed travel restrictions upon Victoria.Premier Andrews stated that these infections were “moving at a velocity that has not been seen anywhere in our country over the course of these last 12 months.” Special dispensation was given to the 2021 Australian Open, which became crowdless effective 11:30 pm. AEDT on 12 February in the midst of the night’s final match (play was temporarily suspended at that time to remove all spectators from the court).

The lockdown was lifted as anticipated at 11:59 pm on 17 February.Despite this, Victoria will not allow any incoming international flights “indefinitely”.

Remaining restrictions included:
-Masks mandatory inside,
-Masks outdoors when unable to keep social distance,
-5 person limit on home visits,
-20 person limit for outdoor gatherings.

As of 9 May 2021 Victoria had no cases of community transmission for 72 days.

On 24 May in northern Melbourne, 4 cases of COVID-19 in the community were reported; this broke Victoria’s streak of 86 days with no community transmission. Another 5 community cases, for a total of 9, were reported on 25 May. 4 of them were family contacts of a man, who may be the source of the outbreak, who tested positive on 2 May. As a result, restrictions in Greater Melbourne were again tightened from 6pm on Tuesday, 25 May, to at least Friday, 4
Began May 27 2021 
7 Day Circuit Breaker Restrictions PDF

 

By 27 May the Melbourne outbreak had risen to 26 cases. There were over 150 exposure sites and 11,000 contacts had been linked through contact tracing to the outbreak.As a result of the growing outbreak Victoria entered its fourth lockdown, statewide, as of 11:59pm on 27 May. The restrictions were initially planned to last for at least 7 days until 11:59pm on 3 June.By 1 June the number of cases in the Victorian outbreak had reached 60 and on 2 June the lockdown was extended for another 7 days.By June 7 there were 81 active COVID cases in the outbreak.The lockdown ended, with some restrictions remaining, just before midnight on 10 June.

Due to the outbreak, all Australian states imposed a range of restrictions on travellers from Victoria, either banning entry, only allowing state residents back in, requiring home isolation for 7 days under Victorias’ rules, 14 days hotel quarantine, or other measures. New Zealand paused the travel bubble with Victoria from 7:59pm on 25 May.

The fourth lockdown meant that a number of other interstate professional sporting matches that were due that week had to either be played in empty stadiums, or relocated to alternative venues. 

After the number of cases in the Victorian outbreak had reached 60 by 1 June, on 2 June the lockdown was extended for another 7 days. Some restrictions were eased: 

The 5 km travel limit was extended to 10 km,
School attendance allowed for years 11 and 12,
Authorised work now includes some outdoors work.
Use of the Service Victoria QR code check-in is required across Victoria for places like supermarkets and shops.
The Victorian outbreak rose to 63 cases by 3 June, all in Greater Melbourne. As a result, from 11:59 pm that day some lockdown restrictions in regional Victoria were eased:
Movement in regional areas was unrestricted (to Melbourne is still restricted)
Students could return to school.

There were 81 active COVID cases in the outbreak by June 7.There were also 3 separate clusters with unknown sources in Victoria by then: 32 cases in Whittlesea; 9 at the Arcare aged care centre in Maidstone; and 14 at a cluster in West Melbourne. The West Melbourne cluster was found to be of the fast spreading Delta COVID variant, raising the possibility the fourth Victorian lockdown could be extended again.

The lockdown ended on 10 June at 11:59 pm, with some restrictions remaining:
-No visitors in the home
-Must wear a mask both indoors and outdoors
-Travel limited to 25 km (16 mi) radius of home.
 

June 09 2021 - FedEx flight FX 77 June 9 from Honolulu arrives in Sydney …an unvaccinated limo driver collects the flight crew and becomes infected..and starts the Sydney COVID-19 delta strain infections in Sydney and Australia.

June 17 2021 -Further easing of Restrictions for Both Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
View the Table of Restrictions PDF

June 24 2021 -Further easing of Restrictions for Both Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria was announced by victorian acting premier James Merlino.
Read the Table of Restrictions PDF 

June 27 2021- as the outbreaks increase within NSW , the Northern Territory,Queensland and Western Australia Victoria has increased its border restrictions.

NSW-The border is closed to NSW and NT red zones: Greater Sydney, including Central Coast, Shellharbour, Blue Mountains & Wollongong, and Greater Darwin. Regional NSW, ACT, Greater Brisbane, and Perth & Peel in WA are “orange”: Arrivals must isolate until testing negative. All travellers need a permit.

NZ- From 11.59pm on Friday 26 February, travellers to Victoria from New Zealand must apply for a Victorian Travel Permit. â€¯The Victorian traffic light system allows areas across New Zealand to be designated as green, orange or red zones according to their risk.

SA- The border is closed to all but Essential Travellers from NSW, QLD, WA, NT and ACT. All VIC arrivals must isolate until returning a negative test, with travel banned for anyone who has been at a Tier One or Two exposure site. Cross Border Travel Registration is mandatory for all travellers.

Queensland-The border is closed to Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong & Shellharbour. Anyone already in QLD who was in NSW’s lockdown zone since June 21 must isolate. There are also rules for other interstate exposure sites. Travel or border declarations are needed for all arrivals.
June 26 2021 - NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian places Greater Sydney into a two week lockdown as a cluster of cases of the highly infectious coronavirus Delta variant rose to 110.

June 28 2021 - NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced 18 new infections overnight bringing the states total for the current outbreak to 130 confirmed cases
June 28 2021 - Premier Dan Andrews returns to work.
June 28 2021-WA Premier Mark McGowan has announced a four-day lockdown for people in Perth and the Peel region, while the Northern Territory has announced a 72-hour lockdown for Darwin and South Australia has introduced new restrictions for at least one week.
June 29 2021 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that the astrazeneca vaccine will be made available to everyone over 18 years via a GP.
June 29 2021 - Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces a lockdown from 6.pm today for parts of the the south-east, Townsville, Magnetic Island and Palm Island after an unvaccinated hospital concierge carrying the Delta strain travelled through the state while infectious.
July 08 2021- Premier Dan Andrews announces that 
Restrictions ease further in greater Melbourne to co-aline with regional Victoria. 
View the Easing of Restrictions PDF
July 11 2021- Premier Dan Andrews / Victoria places a hard border with all of NSW and the ACT after cases spiral out of control in NSW.
July 12 2021- Victoria has recorded one new COVID-19 case in addition to two others,The three positive cases are all members of the same family from Craigieburn, in the City of Hume and An apartment block at Maribyrnong has been locked down after being visited by two infectious movers from NSW.
July 13 2021 - NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced 89 new infections overnight bringing the states total for the current outbreak to 767 confirmed cases
July 14 2021 - NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a two week extension to the lockdown with NSW recording 97 new cases overnight of Covid-19 with 24 people still infectious while in the community and with 71 people in Hospital and 20 people in ICU.

July 14 2021- Victoria has recorded seven additional locally-acquired coronavirus cases.Four of the new cases are residents on the third floor of the Ariele Apartments in Maribyrnong, which has been in lockdown since Monday evening.The cases were not included in the original morning release, but were announced later by testing commander Jeroen Weimar.He said the tests had all been returned "in a matter of hours" on Wednesday morning.Initially, there had been just one new case confirmed overnight - a close contact of a previously identified case.Among the seven new cases is a man in his 60s who subsequently infected his parents, who are aged in their 80s and live in Craigieburn.The man attended an AFL match between Carlton and Geelong on Saturday and was seated in level two of the MCC section of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.He also visited Highpoint shopping centre.

July 15 2021 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison will propose a new and streamlined system of coronavirus relief to state and territory leaders that would see people receive payments from the second week of a lockdown.Under the new arrangements, the payments would start when a lockdown goes into a second week but would also be backdated to cover the first week.People who have lost more than 20 hours of work each week because of a lockdown will get a $600 weekly payment and those who have lost less than 20 hours of work receive $375. There will be no liquid assets test applied.After 14 days of lockdown, business support in line with that announced earlier in the week would also kick in, with payments of between $1500 and $10,000 on offer.
Mr Morrison will ask national cabinet to agree to this new plan when it meets on Friday.
More than 50,000 applications for federal coronavirus disaster support have been denied or are being processed under the scheme as it stands as a result of rapidly shifting rules.It was initially set at a rate of $500 a week for people who had lost more than 20 hours of work a week and $325 a week for those who had lost fewer than 20 hours, but the rates were upgraded to $600 and $375 respectively on Wednesday.

Lockdown 5
( it will be the fifth lockdown for Victoria since the start of the pandemic and the third in 2021 )

View the Table of Restrictions PDF


Lockdown 5 - Victoria - 15 July 2021 - ( Proposed 20 July 2021?? )  ended 27 July 2021 at 11.59pm.
Premier Dan Andrews held a press conference late on Thursday 15 July 2021 to announce a 5 day snap lockdown from midnight on 15 July to midnight 20 July in an effort to contain the growing outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the state.
On Thursday, Testing Commander Jeroen Weimar said there had been two new local cases since the 10 cases were reported in the official figures.A 60-year-old Melbourne Cricket Club member from the locked down apartment building tested positive after going to the Carlton v Geelong match at the weekend.He attended with a friend, a man aged in his 50s, and they spent the day together on Saturday July 10.That man lives in Barwon Heads and there are now two positive cases in his household, which are a nine-year-old child and another man in his 60s.

July 17 2021- ( Day two) of the current outbreak Victoria records 19 new cases of COVID-19. 
July 18 2021 - ( Day Three ) Premier Dan Andrews announces 16 new cases overnight with more that 30 Tier one exposure sites ( and still growing) and more than 217 exposure sites with over 14000 people currently in isolation..53283 Victorians got tested for COVID-19 in the 24 hours.
July 18 2021 - NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced 105 new infections overnight bringing the states total for the current outbreak to 1242 confirmed cases since 16 June 2021, when the first case in the Bondi cluster was reported.
There are currently 76 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 18 people in intensive care, seven of whom require ventilation. There were 66,671 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s record daily high of 81,970.NSW Health administered 16,877 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,390 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 3,031,331, with 1,175,756 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,855,575 administered by the GP network and other providers, to 11.59pm on Friday 16 July.
July 19 2021 - Victorian Premier Dan Andrews announces the lockdown will be extended past Tuesday 20 July 2021 due to 16 new cases overnight and still major concerns over potential “super-spreading” exposure sites such as the England-Italy Euro final party at the Crafty Squire, the Carlton-Geelong game at the MCG, Wallabies-France game at AAMI Park, and six trams on routes 48, 72, 75 and 109.There are 72 active cases in total.One of those cases was isolating throughout their infectious period.15,800 primary close contacts are in quarantine.It comes on the back of a bumper testing day, with nearly 55,000 results received on Sunday.More than 250 exposure sites are connected to the current outbreak, stretching from Phillip Island to the Mallee.More than 3000 of those 15,800 are linked to MCG.Premier Daniel Andrews said the state wasn’t in a position to lift the lockdown on Tuesday, but couldn’t clarify how long it would be extended for.

July 19 2021 - NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced 98 new infections overnight with 20 being still infectious in the community whilst being infectious.
July 20 2021- South Australian Premier Steven Marshal announces that South Australia will got into a seven day Lockdown as of 6pm (20 July) due to the state recording 5 cases of the Delta Variant of COVID-19.
July 20 2021 - NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced 78 new infections overnight with 27 being infectious in the community..
July 20 2021- Victorian Premier Dan Andrews formally announces the lockdown will be extended until midnight on Tuesday 27 due to 13 new cases overnight.


July 21 2021- Victoria has recorded 22 new local COVID-19 cases as the state begins its second week of lockdown.The new infections are all linked to known outbreaks, which now stand at 107 active cases with 5 people in hospital and one in ICU.As of last night, there were three people in hospital with COVID in Victoria.There were a record 59,355 test results received yesterday, and 18,099 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites.There are now more than 350 venues listed as exposure sites in Victoria.Victoria will deem South Australia a red zone and  close the border as of midnight July 21.

July 21 2021 - NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces 110 cases of Covid-19 with 43 were infectious in the community as the Delta Outbreak in New South Wales has taken a turn for the worse, as the virus spreads to the central west of the state to trigger a snap lockdown.Parts of the  NSW Central West are waking up to their first morning in lockdown after an infectious delivery driver from SYDNEY spread COVID-19 to a factory worker.More than 40,000 people in Orange, Blayney and the Cabonne Shire must follow stay-at-home orders for at least seven days.NSW has 106 people in hospital with 23 in ICU and 11 on ventilators …NSW recorded 83477 test in the previous 24 hours.

July 21 2021- South Australian premier Steve Marshal has announced  one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 as the state's snap lockdown begins.The new case is linked to The Greek restaurant on Halifax, the state's chief health officer has confirmed.It comes as people in Adelaide are heeding the call to get tested but queues at one drive-though clinic are lengthy, with some waiting nine hours to be seen.

July 22 2021 - Victorian Covid 19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar announces 26 new local cases with 2 still active in the community.43674 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours with four cases in hospital and one in ICU.

July 22 2021 - South Australian announces two new cases of the Delta Strain.12,899 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

July 22 2021 -Queensland announces a hard border with the entire state of NSW a from 1 am July 23..

July 22 2021 - NSW records 124 new cases of the Delta Strain from 85,185 tests in the last 24 hours with 48 people that were still infectious in the community. NSW had 118 in hospital with 28 in ICU and 14 on ventilators.NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian expects the numbers to grow higher..

July 23 2021-Victoria has recorded 14 cases of the Delta variant of COVID 19 ahead of the second consecutive weekend residents will spend in lockdown.They are all linked to known outbreaks and ten of them were isolating for their entire infectious period. This brings the total of the current outbreak to 147.43542 tests in the last 24 hours..there are currently 21,000 victorians in isolation..
"If Sydney has been declared a national emergency, then my message is very clear, on behalf of all Victorians I am saying, there is a national responsibility to put a ring of steel around Sydney just as we did last year, because that will help stop the spread of the virus across the whole nation." The Premier Dan Andrews said, Victoria could get back to helping other states if the Sydney situation were contained.

July 23 2021-NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a national emergency in NSW as the state recorded 136 local covid cases in the past 24 hours with 53 still infectious while in the community..87,000 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.Residents in the Blacktown and Cumberland LGA,s have further restrictions imposed.

July 23 2021-South Australia has recorded just one new case of coronavirus with officials "hopeful" lockdown will ease as planned.However, Premier Steven Marshall said he is apprehensive to hand over any of the state's vaccines to New South Wales where 136 new cases were recorded today."I'm not wanting to send any of our vaccination doses anywhere else, we're in the middle of a major emergency declaration and a lockdown in South Australia," Mr Marshall said.

July 23 2021 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison holds a press conference in response to the state of emergency in NSW and says the wait time between receiving Pfizer doses in NSW will increase from three weeks to six, in an attempt to deliver more first doses sooner.

July 24 2021- Victoria records 12 new cases in the previous 24 hours.All 12 cases are linked to the current outbreaks and 10 of those cases were in quarantine during their infectious period. It brings the total number of cases in Victoria in the 12 days of this outbreak to 158 and puts the state’s fifth lockdown is on track to end as planned on Tuesday.

July 24 2021- NSW Health minister Brad Hazzard  announces 163 new cases ( 1940 in total from the current outbreak) in NSW with 86 not linked to a known cluster and 45 infectious in the community.. over 93500 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.NSW Has 139 in hospital 37 in ICU ,17 on ventilators and NSW recorded one death in the last 24 hours, total of six deaths from the current outbreak.

July 24 2021 - Mass Lockdown protests were held Australia Wide and have authorities worried as they could be super spreading events..

July 25 2021 - Victorian recorded 11 new cases of Covid -19 with all cases being linked.With 32385 test being undertaken in the last 24 hours.Despite the outbreak appearing under control, authorities have raised concerns that Saturday's anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne could jeopardise the lift on restrictions.Thousands of people defied lockdown yesterday to march through the city in protest against stay-at-home rules.Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius said he was concerned the event could spread the virus and undo much of the gains that the state had made through the lockdown."It was disappointing to see so many people blatantly disregard the Chief Health Officer's directions, putting the health of Victorians at risk," Assistant Commissioner Cornelius said on Saturday."It beggars belief that the protest could – if mass spreading occurs – result in an extension of the very thing they are protesting for: an end to the current lockdown and a reopening of business, which is something we are all working so hard to achieve.”

July 25 2021-NSW recorded 141 new cases ( 2081 total for this outbreak )with 38 infectious in the community after 102,000 tests were undertakes..43 people are in ICU and 18 are on Ventilators and the state recharged two further deaths overnight ( with one female in her late 30's ).New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has expressed her disgust with Saturday’s anti-lockdown protests in Sydney and says protestors will be met with the “full force of the law”.In a statement, she said, “I am utterly disgusted by the illegal protestors in the city today whose selfish actions have compromised the safety of all of us.”“The protestors have shown utter contempt for their fellow citizens who are currently doing it tough.“I want to thank the brave police officers who put their own safety on the line to ensure the protest action ceased.

July 26 2021 - Victoria has recorded 11 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, all of which were quarantined throughout their infectious period.The new cases were detected from among 25,404 test results processed on Sunday. Premier Dan Andrews said masks were likely to remain in use until the "maximum number" of people were vaccinated.Victorians are eagerly awaiting an announcement on weather they will be released from the lockdown at midnight on the 27th July.

July 26 2021 - NSW ( day 31 of current lockdown )records 145 new cases with 51 still infectious while in the community Which brings the total number for this outbreak to 2226.NSW conducted over 98,000 tests in the last 24 hours.NSW had 156 people in hospital with 44 in ICU and 18 on ventilators..Crime stoppers received over 10,000 calls to police regarding the protests.

July 27 2021 -Victoria has recorded 10 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, all of which were in quarantine throughout their infectious period.The cases were detected from 24,340 test results processed on Monday.Government authorities met this morning and Premier Daniel Andrews formally announced the restrictions will ease when the lockdown will lift at 11.59 on 27 July 2021 and ending the stay-at-home orders and allowing students to return to classrooms and dining in hospitality venues.But Premier Daniel Andrews said visits between households would remain barred for another two weeks, as authorities managed thousands of close contacts still in quarantine. Masks remain compulsory in both indoor and outdoor settings outside the home, unless an exemption applies.The restrictions apply statewide, meaning there is no longer any restriction on travel within Victoria.Public gatherings are capped at 10 people, while workers in the office is capped at 25 per cent or 10 people if the workplace is 40 or fewer people.Density limits of one person per 4 square metre apply to workplaces, community facilities, sports centres, creative studios, hospitality venues, hairdressers and beauty services. Weddings and funerals will be capped at 50 people.
These settings listed below will be in place for a period of two weeks until 11.59 on Tuesday 10th August 2021.

View the table of Restrictions PDF 

  • Victorians able to leave their homes for any reason.
  • Masks required everywhere indoors and outdoors (except private residences).
  • Schools reopen on Wednesday.
  • No visitors to the home for the next fortnight.
  • Public gatherings allowed with up to 10 people.
  • Hospitality, retail, beauty, personal care, entertainment venues and community facilities open in line with density limits.
  • Live music venues, dance classes and physical recreation facilities, including gyms, open with density requirements of 1 person per 4sq m.
  • Businesses and venues reopen with capacity and density limits of 1 person per 4sq m.
  • If you can work from home, you should work from home. Office workers able to return up to 25 per cent or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.
  • Cap of 50 attendees at funerals and weddings.

July 27 2021- NSW records 172 new cases with 60 still infectious in the community.2398 total cases for the current outbreak .NSW had 171 in hospital 46 in ICU and 19 on ventilators with 2 further deaths recorded in the 24 hours.85,000 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

July 27 2021 - The NSW crisis cabinet has signed off on another month of lockdown as the state records 172 new cases.Lockdown will be extended by four weeks but crisis cabinet resolved on Tuesday night not to dramatically tighten any restrictions to bring cases down.Instead, as NSW recorded 172 cases – the highest of the outbreak – the government made a plan to lift the construction ban and introduce a “singles bubble”, despite concerns about mobility from the chief health officer.
Restrictions will remain in place in Shellharbour and the Central Coast despite lobbying from local MPs for them to be freed.
The government also closely considered using rapid antigen testing on Year 12 students to get them back into the classroom and is also considering a similar rapid testing ­regime for essential workers.But four days after declaring a “national emergency” Premier ­Gladys Berejiklian stopped short of instituting any further restrictions on movement such as a curfew or stricter distance limitation.Ms Berejiklian warned on Tuesday Greater Sydney faced an “extremely difficult” few weeks, saying that easing restrictions “too early” could “waste” the pain of Sydney’s lockdown.

Construction is expected to return from July 31, but will be banned in the five hot spot LGAs of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Blacktown and Cumberland.  Tradies in those LGAs will not be able to partake in construction.The singles bubble comes amid concerns for the mental health of hundreds of thousands of Sydneysiders now facing an indefinite lockdown. The proposal was pushed by Customer Services Minister Victor Dominello and supported by Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet.

July 28 2021 - Victoria has recorded eight new local cases of coronavirus on the first day of Lockdown lifting.The cases were all linked to current outbreaks and were all in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period.As of midnight, a raft of restrictions eased across the state, with schools, gyms, and hospitality and retail outlets reopening today.Public gatherings outdoors have been capped at 10 people, while visitors to homes are not permitted under the current rules.

July 28 2021-NSW  ( Day 33 ) records 177 new cases (2575 total for current outbreak )with 46 being infectious while in the community.94,532 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a four week extension to the current lockdown and that the List of NSW high risk LGA,s to 8 and would be expanded to include Parramatta,George’s River and Campbelltown.A singles Bubble and essential shopping 10 km rule was also out in place for the duration of the lockdown.construction would also resume in a covid contactless manner in certain LGA,s.NSW recorded one new death in the last 24 hours with 165 in hospital , 56 in ICU.

July 29 2021 - Victoria has recorded seven locally acquired COVID-19 cases, including the drive-through testing site traffic controller whose infection was revealed by authorities yesterday.All the new cases, except for the traffic controller, were in quarantine throughout their infectious period. The cases were detected out of 42,009 test results processed on Wednesday.

July 29 2021- NSW  ( Day 34 ) records 239 new cases (2814 total for current outbreak )with 70 being infectious while in the community.111,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded 2 new deaths in the last 24 hours with 182 in hospital , 54 in ICU, 22 on ventilators.A 5km radius for residents in 8 LGA,s and a fine increased to $500 for mask mandate breach was announced..

July 30 2021 - Victoria has recorded three new local COVID-19 cases as health authorities continue to investigate a case linked to a Moonee Valley testing site.All of the new cases have been linked to known outbreaks and were quarantining throughout their infectious period.The cases were detected from 43,542 test results processed yesterday, while 19,136 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites.

July 30 2021- NSW ( Day 35 ) records 170 new cases ( 2984 total for current outbreak )with 42 being infectious while in the community.95,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded no new deaths in the last 24 hours with 187 in hospital , 58 in ICU, 24 on ventilators.

July 31 2021 - Victoria has recorded two new local COVID-19 cases, both linked to a mystery case who works as a traffic controller at a testing site in Melbourne's west.

July 31 2021 - NSW ( Day 36 ) records 210 new cases ( 3194 total for current outbreak )with 21 being infectious while in the community.105,963 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded one new death in the last 24 hours ( 14th death current outbreak )with 203 in hospital , 53 in ICU, 27 on ventilators.

July 31 2021 - South-east Queensland will go into a snap three-day lockdown from 4:00pm today after six new locally acquired cases of the Delta COVID variant were reported.All are linked to a 17-year-old high school student from Brisbane's inner-west who tested positive on Thursday.The girl's two parents and two siblings have tested positive, as has a medical student who tutors the girl.A staff member from Ironside State School, which one of the siblings attends, has also tested positive.Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said whole genome sequencing had linked the cluster stemming from the school student to two people who had returned from overseas and were in hotel quarantine.

August 01 2021 - Victoria has recorded four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as the state works to wrap up the tail end of its Delta outbreak. The state's health department says all of the cases have been linked to known outbreaks and all were in quarantine throughout their infectious period.The cases were detected from 25,779 test results processed on Saturday. The state is entering its fifth day out of a lockdown prompted by the rapid spread of the highly infectious coronavirus variant. Schools, hospitality and most businesses are back open, but private gatherings in homes remain banned. 

August 01 2021-NSW ( Day 37 ) records 239 new cases ( 3433 total for current outbreak ) with 61 being infectious while in the community.87,712 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded no new deaths in the last 24 hours with 222 in hospital , 54 in ICU, 25 on ventilators.

August 01 2021-Queensland has recorded nine new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, all linked to known cases in the community.There are now 18 cases linked to the cluster of the highly infectious Delta variant that was first detected in a student at a Brisbane school.It comes as millions of residents remain under strict stay-at-home orders on the first day of a snap three-day lockdown across 11 local government areas in the state's south-east. Deputy Premier Steven Miles said this was the most number of new community cases Queensland has had in almost a year.

August 02 2021-Victoria has recorded two new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, both of which are linked to the current outbreak and were quarantined while infectious.The cases were detected from among 21,417 test results processed yesterday.On Sunday, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the state was "tracking really well" for the anticipated easing of restrictions next Wednesday.

August 02 2021-NSW ( Day 38 ) records 207 new cases (  3640 total for current outbreak )with 50 being infectious while in the community.117,009 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded one new death in the last 24 hours ( 15th for the current outbreak )with 232 in hospital , 54 in ICU, 25 on ventilators.

August 02 2021-South-east Queensland’s lockdown has been extended until 4:00pm on Sunday as authorities try to contain the Delta outbreak with 13 new locally acquired cases today. The state recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19 in total, two of which were overseas acquired and detected on a bulk carrier off the Queensland coast.Ten of today's community cases are children younger than nine years of age.The community cases are linked to a growing cluster involving several Brisbane schools

August 03 2021 - Victoria has recorded four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as the state prepares to introduce even tougher border measures with New South Wales.The new cases were all in quarantine for their infectious period and linked to known infections, the department of health said.The local infections and one case in hotel quarantine were detected from 22,217 test results processed on Monday.There were 16,591 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine administered in state-run centres. 

August 03 2021-NSW ( Day 39 ) records 199 new cases (  3839 total for current outbreak )with 50 being infectious while in the community.104,536 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded no new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 15 for the current outbreak )250 in hospital , 53 in ICU. 3.9 Million vaccines administered in NSW.

August 03 2021-Queensland records 16 new cases ( total 47 for this outbreak ).most of the new cases were infectious in the community for up to 6 days.34,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. Stay at home orders for 11 LGA,S.

August 04 2021 - Victoria has recorded its first day without a new locally acquired case of COVID-19 in more than three weeks. The last time the state recorded a day without a new case was on July 11.Since then, an outbreak of the Delta strain of the virus infected more than 200 people and sent the state into a 12-day lockdown, its fifth since the pandemic began.The zero day was detected from 30,117 test results processed on Tuesday.

August 04 2021-NSW ( Day 40) records 233 new cases ( 4,072 total for current outbreak )with at least 47 being infectious while in the community.DR Kerry Chant indicated that 105,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded two new deaths in the last 24 hours (17 for the current outbreak )286 in hospital , 30 in ICU with 23 on ventilators.

August 05 2021 -Victoria recorded six new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 yesterday, including the mystery case reported in the afternoon 4 August.The source of infection is still being investigated for three of the cases, including the school teacher reported yesterday.The other three are linked to known cases and were isolating during their infectious period.The new cases were detected from 27,279 test results processed on Wednesday.The first mystery infection was reported yesterday, just hours after the state confirmed a zero-case day on Tuesday, its first in almost a month.The woman in her 20s lives in the Hobsons Bay local government area and works as a teacher at the Al-Taqwa College in Truganina.She is believed to have been infectious in the community for three days last week. 7 in hospital , 2in ICU with 2 on ventilators.

August 05 2021-Queensland records 16 new cases (  75 total for this outbreak ).of the new cases 4 were infectious in the community. 52351 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.

August 05 2021-NSW ( Day 41 ) records 262 new cases ( 4334 total for current outbreak )with at least 45 being infectious while in the community.DR Kerry Chant indicated that 106954 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded five new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 22 for the current outbreak ) 290 in hospital , 51 in ICU.

Lockdown Six- 8pm Thursday 05 August  - ( Proposed - 11.59 pm Thursday 12 August 2021.) ENDED 21 OCTOBER 2021 (78 Days)
-(Ended for Regional 11.59 9 August 2021)
-Extended for Metro Melbourne on11 August 2021.
-Extended again for Metro Melbourne on11.59pm 16 August ( for two weeks until 11.59 PM September 2nd )
-Regional Re-entered lockdown on 21 August from 1pm until 11.59 02 September 2021??? / 
-Announced on August 29 to extend the lockdown indefinitely..
-Anounced 01 September changed Statewide restrictions to begin 02 September 2021.
( Read the PDF here )
- Ended for Regional Victoria at 11.59 9 September 2021 (Read the Table of restrictions PFD Here )
-Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell shire surrounds will re-enter lockdown 19 Sept 2021 ( Ended 26 Sept 11.59 )

-Ballarat in Regional Victoria re-entered lockdown on 15 September 2021- ( ended 11.59 22 Sept 2021) Read the updated table of restrictions here

View the Table of Restrictions PDF (for the initial Lockdown six )



August 05 2021- It is the sixth lockdown for Victoria since the start of the pandemic and the fourth in 2021.
The state's fifth lockdown ended just nine days ago.Victoria will enter its sixth lockdown from 8:00pm tonight in response to unexpected new mystery cases of COVID-19 in recent days.Eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state today, with six of those from results received on Wednesday.The lockdown will last for seven days and there will only be five reasons for leaving home: getting groceries and supplies, exercise, care or caregiving, authorised work or education that cannot be done from home and getting vaccinated.Under the rules, shopping and exercise must be done within five kilometres of your home.Mask rules will remain unchanged, with masks mandatory in all indoor and outdoor settings except for inside your own home.Premier Daniel Andrews described the decision to lock down again as "I can't tell you how disappointed I am to have to be here doing this again," he said."But with so few in the community with one vaccination, let alone two, I have no choice but to accept advice, and we collectively have to make this important decision to keep Victorians safe."The alternative is we let this run … away from us and our hospitals will be absolutely overwhelmed [with] not hundreds of patients but thousands."Dozens of  new exposure sites have been listed over the past 24 hours, with most in Melbourne's west.Victorians have been given less than four hours notice of the lockdown, unlike previous ones that started at midnight, because a previous outbreak was linked to a dinner on lockdown-eve, Mr Andrews said.

It is the sixth lockdown for Victoria since the start of the pandemic and the fourth in 2021.The state's fifth lockdown ended just nine days ago.
The new rules that will apply in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria from 8pm on Thursday include only five reasons to leave home:

• Getting the food and supplies you need;

• Exercising for up to two hours;

• For care or caregiving;

• For authorised work or education — if you can’t do it from home;

Victorians also must wear face masks indoors and outdoors.

August 06 2021 -Australian Vaccine report as of 06 August 2021- 

Total doses administered - 13,030,257

Percentage of population vaccinated -20.8%

August 06 2021-Victoria has recorded six locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as the state enters the first day of a one-week lockdown.Two of the new cases were reported yesterday and are linked to the Al-Taqwa College teacher who tested positive on Wednesday.The six cases are all linked to previously reported cases but were not in quarantine during their infectious periods, health officials said.The cases were detected from among 29,631 test results processed on Thursday.

August 06 2021-Queensland records 10 new local cases (  85 total for this outbreak )of the new cases 2 were infectious in the community. 48028 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Queensland has declared Victoria as a COVID -19 hotspot.

August 06 2021-NSW ( Day 42 ) records 291 new cases (4625 total for current outbreak )with at least 50 being infectious while in the community.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian indicated that 109,547 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded one new death in the last 24 hours ( 22 for the current outbreak )  304 in hospital ,50 in ICU,22 on Ventilators 

August 07 2021 -Victoria has recorded 29 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, none of which were in quarantine while infectious.The new cases, which are all linked to previous cases in the outbreak, were detected from among 43,618 test results processed on Friday.There are now four schools caught up in the state's latest Delta outbreak, after the Islamic College of Melbourne revealed an infected person attended its campus last month.7in hospital ,2in ICU,2on Ventilators

August 07 2021-Queensland has recorded 13 new community cases of COVID-19, Deputy Premier Steven Miles says.All the cases are linked to the Delta outbreak that started at Indooroopilly State High School, in Brisbane's inner west.Of the new cases, one is a close contact from a karate class, five are household contacts linked to Ironside State School, four cases are household contacts of Indooroopilly State High School, and one is a close contact of a case at Brisbane Grammar School. Deputy Premier Steven Miles said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has had her final COVID test of hotel quarantine after returning from the Olympics."It has come back negative so she is looking forward to being released tomorrow morning," Mr Miles said. There are now 102 cases in the cluster and 144 active cases in the state.

August 07 2021-NSW ( Day 43 ) records 319 new cases ( 4944 total for current outbreak )with at least 51 being infectious while in the community.NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard  indicated that 108,449 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded 5 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 27 for the current outbreak ) 345 in hospital ,56 in ICU, 23 on Ventilators.Armidale Regional LGA to go into lockdown from 5pm tonight.

August 08 2021 -Victoria has recorded 11 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, all of whom were in the community while infectious. All of the cases are linked to previously reported cases, the Department of Health said.The number of exposure sites in Victoria has risen to 150. The new cases were detected from 38,179 test results processed on Saturday.Victoria has 6 people in Hospital with 1 in ICU. Premier Daniel Andrews has announced Victorians aged 18 to 39 will be able to access the AstraZeneca vaccine from selected mass vaccination hubs from Monday, bolstering the existing access through GP clinics. As of Monday ( 9 August 2021) children aged 12 to 15 with medical conditions that put them at increased risk of severe COVID-19 would become eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine at state-run clinics, the government said.Australia's first drive-through vaccination hub will also open its doors on Monday at a former Bunnings Warehouse site in Melton.

August 08 2021-Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she is very concerned about a single positive case in Cairns — a taxi driver who was infectious while in the community for 10 days as she announces 7 new local cases in Queensland. 26,282 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours.Qld lockdown will end as scheduled at 4pm today with some restrictions to remain in place.Cairns and Yarrabah will enter a 3 day lockdown from 4pm.

August 08 2021-NSW ( Day 44 ) records 262 new cases ( 5206 total for current outbreak )with at least 50 being infectious while in the community.NSW Health Officer Dr Jeremy McNulty indicated that 95,000 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded 1 new death in the last 24 hours ( 28 for the current outbreak )362 in hospital , 58 in ICU, 24 on Ventilators.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced The Penrith local government area (LGA) will be subjected to the harsher restrictions imposed on eight other LGAs from 5:00pm today with 12 suburbs causing concern.These suburbs are Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair, and St Mary’s.People in these suburbs must only shop for food or other essential goods within 5 kilometres of their home.They cannot travel to other areas for work unless they are an authorised worker.

August 09 2021 - Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that Regional Victorians will be released from the state's lockdown from 11:59pm, creating the divide between Greater Melbourne and the regions once again. Premier Daniel Andrews said the regions would snap back to the settings that were in place before the lockdown began last Thursday.He said the decision had been made after no cases had been detected in the regions during the first four days of lockdown."So that means the five reasons to leave home are no longer relevant, schools will be open again from tomorrow, hospitality venues will be open," he said.He said authorised workers would be able to go to work but if people could work from home they should continue to do so.
Victoria has recorded 11 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the previous 24 hours.All are linked to known outbreaks, but only one of those new cases was in quarantine while infectious.The cases were detected from 38,987 test results processed on Sunday.


Victorian Regions will assume the restrictions as of 11.59 August 09 2021. with no change to current greater Melbourne restrictions.
View the New table of Restrictions PDF

  • Victorians able to leave their homes for any reason.
  • Masks required everywhere indoors and outdoors (except private residences).
  • Schools reopen.
  • No visitors to the home for the next fortnight.
  • Public gatherings allowed with up to 10 people.
  • Hospitality, retail, beauty, personal care, entertainment venues and community facilities open in line with density limits.
  • Live music venues, dance classes and physical recreation facilities, including gyms, open with density requirements of 1 person per 4sq m.
  • Businesses and venues reopen with capacity and density limits of 1 person per 4sq m.
  • If you can work from home, you should work from home. Office workers able to return up to 25 per cent or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.
  • Holiday accommodation can only be booked with your household, intimate partner or single bubble person.
  • Entry to Victoria's alpine resorts require a negative Covid test and result within 72 hours prior to visiting. Children under 12 years of age not required to be tested. 
  • Cap of 50 attendees at funerals and weddings.

August 09 2021-NSW ( Day 45 ) 283 records  new cases ( 5489 total for current outbreak )with at least 64 being infectious while in the community.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian indicated that a record 133,840 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded 1 new death in the last 24 hours ( 29 for the current outbreak ) 349 in hospital , 67in ICU, 27 on Ventilators. Tamworth to enter a one week lockdown from 5pm tonight.

August 10 2021-Victoria has recorded 20 new COVID-19 cases as the state has once again become divided between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.Once again, those living in the regions have exited the strict lockdown as of Tuesday, but are still Under closely guarded restrictions. Of the 20 new cases, all are linked but only five were in isolation while infectious. Regional Victoria's lockdown is over but people in Melbourne are still days from finding out when theirs will end.The state's regional areas came out of lockdown at 11:59pm on Monday after no new COVID-19 cases were detected outside Melbourne, but some rules remain including a ban on home visits and compulsory mask-wearing. There were 34,892 test results processed on Monday.

August 10 2021-NSW ( Day 46 )records 356 new cases ( 5845 total for current outbreak )with at least 57 being infectious while in the community.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian indicated that a record 95,037 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded 3 new deaths in the last 24 hours ( 32 for the current outbreak ) 357 in hospital , 60 in ICU, 28 on Ventilators.

Our info sources are SKY NEWS / ABC / DHHS Victoria / NSW Health / QLD Health.



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Australian Road National Championships-February-2021-Ballarat,Australia. https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2021/2/australian-road-national-championships-february-2021-ballarat-australia During last week and over the weekend we covered one of our favourite events of the year, the Australian Road National Championships on February 06, 2021 in Ballarat, Australia..Previously over the past few years we have covered the event but this year we covered the event extensively over the period from Wednesdays Time Trials through to the Elite Mens and Women's Road races on Sunday.Although the crowds were down on previous years due to Covid-19 Restrictions and the poor weather forecast a bumper crowd was in attendance os Sunday.

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 Pic - A General View of the Peloton during the Elite & U23 Women Criterium as part of the Australian Road National Championships on February 05, 2021 in Ballarat, Australia.

The U23 Women & Elite Women and Elite Mens Criterium ran their races around the streets of Ballarat in the late evening and despite the poor weather forecast the events preceded in great conditions with a huge crowds..The circuit for both events was 40 laps of the 1.1km track up the main street in Ballarat township which was perfect for spectators to get a view of all of the action that preceded.

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Kaden Groves (Team Bike Exchange) and Annette Edmondson (Australian Cycling Team – Podium Track Endurance) stole the show on Friday evening with stunning victories in the elite criterium at the 2021 Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat.Maeve Plouffe (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) and Matt Rice (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) claimed under 23 honours. Lucy Stewart (Carnegie Caulfield CC) and Canberra's Cameron Rogers took gold in the under 19 events.

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Saturday saw the racing move to Mount Buninyong road race circuit for the Para Road races,( with U19 men/women & U23 men after ) which was a highlight of the week and great to see the riders and sheer power and endurance that was on display over the day..The 2km winding incline that seems to go on and on at the start of the 10.2km circuit up to the top of Mt Buninyong is a test for the avid walker let alone some of the Para cyclist using just their arms must have taken sheer will power and endurance..the distances and laps per race varied per category with some events over the one lap up to other events over 6 laps..
 

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Sunday saw the main events with the U23 & Elite Women race through the course for 104.4km's 9 Laps and the Elite Mens race over 185.6km's and 16 laps.A huge crowd was in attendance to see some very competitive racing by all over the gruelling circuit with Sarah Roy (Team Bike Exchange ) winning the under 23 & elite women’s road race and securing the title for Australia’s only Women’s WorldTour team for another year with a solo victory.Grace Brown joined her teammate on the podium, coming second after beating Lauretta Hanson (Trek Segafredo) to the line while Emily Watts (KOM-Knights) took the under 23 title after coming in fifth.
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Cameron Meyer ( Team Bike Exchange )defended his elite men’s road race title, winning from a group of seven after an unpredictable final couple of laps where the rider in pole position to take the top step seemed to change from moment to moment. Kelland O’Brien (InForm TMX Make) came second in the 185.6 kilometre race while Scott Bowden came third from a group of seven that continued to battle and swap position right up to the line. Meyer was an emotional winner last year when he secured the title after so many near misses and was beaming after taking it a second time. 

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A great event and we love and look forward to covering the event every year..We covered the event for Speed Media Australia so all images a copyright and for any editorial enquires please don't hesitate to get in touch.. 

Don't forget to check out our galleries from the event from the links below..


 

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brettkeating3@gmail.com (Design Photography) Ballarat" Ballarat' City Criterium Criterium-Australian Road National Championships Cycling Elite & U23 Women Criterium Elite Mens Cycling Elite Womens Cycling Junior Men Criterium of Para-Cycling Road Race Para-Cycling Road Race-Australian Road National Championships RoadRace Sports Photographer U23 Mens Criterium Under 23 Men Road Race https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2021/2/australian-road-national-championships-february-2021-ballarat-australia Tue, 09 Feb 2021 03:13:07 GMT
BBL-10/Boxing Day Cricket Test-Australia's Summer of Cricket.. https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2021/1/bbl-10/boxing-day-cricket-test-australias-summer-of-cricket We have had a busy few weeks with basically going from no sport coverage for a couple of hundred days in Victoria, Australia Due to COVID-19 to covering the Boxing Day test at the MCG between the Australian Cricket team and the Indian Cricket team and the following BBL 10 ( BigBash League ) cricket games in Melbourne, which as it turns out were in a block/Hub scenario with all the games being played over a an eleven day period with my coverage consisting of seven games between the MCG and marvel Stadium..We covered the events for Speed Media and we have enjoyed good editorial news coverage through Icon Sports Wire and our partners and publications world wide and locally in Australia through Getty Images and various other news mediums.

   PIC - Boxing Day Test 2021- MCG - Melbourne Australia - Australia V India.

We covered the full four days of the Boxing Day test and thoroughly enjoyed it..after having being locked down for all of those months previously and it was just great to get back out into the field and get some great sporting images from such an iconic event..in the month before the lockdown i had purchased a new Camera lens, a Cannon 500mm F4 which is the standard for sports photography but didn't get to use the my setup until this event so it was a good test drive and the results came out pretty good..

PIC - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 27: Australian Captain Tim Paine removes the bails trying to dismiss Indian Player Ravindra Jadeja during day two of the Second Vodafone Test cricket match between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 27, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.




Having covered the Boxing Day test, did throw up a few issues after the event, with a patron in the crowd testing positive to COVID-19 on the second day and just happened to be in the same stand as the media facility was situated..The phone call came through from Cricket Australia a few days later and I had to partake in a COVID-19 test and a short three days of isolation until my negative test came back...but it was a wake up call for me..because the fact is, covering any events sporting or otherwise is you main income and also great experience, but you also have to be prepared for a fourteen day isolation period if there happens to be an outbreak or positive case.. just a fact of life now I suppose..

Boxing-Day-Test-2020-13Boxing-Day-Test-2020-13Boxing Day Test India V Australia - All Images ©BrettKeating / Speed Media..Please Contact SpeedMedia for Editorial Enquires.. PIC-MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 27: Australian Captain Tim Paine catches the ball to dismiss Indian Player Rishabh Pant during day two of the Second Vodafone Test cricket match between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 27, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.



We survived the Boxing Day test and had a few days down time before heading back to Melbourne for the Big Bash BBL 10 ( BigBash League ) cricket games in Melbourne, which as it turns out were in a block/Hub scenario with all the games being played over a an eleven day period with my coverage consisting of seven games between the MCG and Marvel Stadium..it was busy period with games being played pretty much every day and on some occasions at the same time..

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The BBL threw up some interesting conditions over the next weeks days, extreme heat, rain and cloudy low light conditions, and given most of the games were night games with low light was a learning experience, through shooting trial and error and different shooting techniques which i have learned over the years..
One of the main challenges was the crowds were capped to 12,000 patrons for each game and spread out through out the stadiums..as a sports photographer you are trying to capture the essence and excitement of the game through you images, so the crowd is a must in your images.and you have to spend the time to find the best shooting spots in order to get the best photos.. on some occasions with the shifting light you might have to move several times..and yes that means all the gear, cameras and lenses and shooting live on site so all you computer gear and laptops etc...


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Overall it was great to dust of the cobwebs and get back out there shooting again and doing what we love to do..This year will be a very busy time with i will be covering the National Rugby League and Super Rugby in Melbourne as well as any number of sporting events and codes..
Please feel free to check out all our recent galleries and stay up to date with us through our social pages..
Cheers 
Brett Keating..

PS- I always get asked about my gear i use when covering sporting events so see below..
Canon 1DX Mark 2
Canon 500 F4 USM IS
Canon 24-105 F4
Canon 70-200 F2.8
Canon 1x4 Extender 
Adobe Lightroom CC for Editing etc

Photo Mechanic for live uploading 
Apple MacBook Pro 2020
 

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brettkeating3@gmail.com (Design Photography) "Cricket Australia". "Marvel Stadium" "Melbourne Cricket Ground" "Melbourne" "SpeedMedia" BBL Adelaide Strikers BBL Hobart Hurricanes BBL Melbourne Renegades BBL Melbourne Stars BBL Perth Scorchers" BBL Sydney Sixers BBL-10 BBL-10/Boxing Day Cricket Test-Australia's Summer of Cricket https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2021/1/bbl-10/boxing-day-cricket-test-australias-summer-of-cricket Fri, 29 Jan 2021 03:11:16 GMT
Covid 19 - Daily Life - Coverage of the Restrictions being eased in Melbourne https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/5/covid-19---daily-life---coverage-of-the-restrictions-being-eased-in-melbourne We have been thrilled to cover some the Impact of the Covid 19 Corona Virus in Melbourne and the CBD over the past few weeks..
I have made a few trips into the CBD and surrounding areas of Melbourne to photograph the ever changing situation and especially 
the lifting or easing of the restrictions that have kept all of us at home for the past few weeks.

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  Picture - Southern Cross Station during Morning Peak Hour - shot for Speed Media.

It was surreal to walk the empty streets and areas that usually would be packed with the bustling day to life of the city, and it actually felt uncomfortable like I was in a war zone,or something like that, as on each street in the CBD were teams of Victoria Police Patrolling the area and teams of Cleaning crews, sanitizing and cleaning all the major tram stops, bus stops and rubbish bins etc and literally no other people walking around..
 

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 Picture - Police Patrol the streets in Melbourne CBD during Morning Peak Hour - shot for Speed Media.

I teamed up with fellow Photographer
Dave Hewison  and we covered a large portion of the CBD and surrounding areas such as Queen Victoria Market, the Melbourne Museum and Bourke street Mall, we were trying to capture the easing of restrictions in Victoria where as of Tuesday May 12 Groups of 10 People were allowed outdoors for sports and recreational activities ( while social distancing ) and Restaurants and Cafes were allowed to serve takeaway meals and coffee.

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 Picture - Melbourne Waterfront during Morning Peak Hour - shot for Speed Media.

 
We also headed over to Queen Victoria market where the food portion of the market was open ( the meat & fruit sales ) and there
 was actually a few people at the market and it was great to see that the city had not come to a complete standstill..

 We are planning to head into the CBD to capture the next round of restrictions being eased on the 1st of June 2020.

 Don't forget to view our gallery's from our coverage of the Pandemic..

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brettkeating3@gmail.com (Design Photography) . Corona Virus Melbourne Covid 19 - Daily Life - Coverage of the Restrictions being eased in Melbourne https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/5/covid-19---daily-life---coverage-of-the-restrictions-being-eased-in-melbourne Tue, 19 May 2020 07:15:00 GMT
Editorial Contributor at Speed Media https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/5/editorial-contributor-at-speed-edia We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the Steve and the guys at Speed Media to provide Editorial 
Sports and News worthy editorial Photography Coverage..

In the interim we will be covering the Corona Virus and the Impact of the Virus on the streets of Melbourne and Australia in general.
We are hopeful of Sport starting up soon and should soon be back out covering our normal favourite Sporting events.

Working with Speed Media, our Editorial and Sports images will have a greater reach and more of a chance to reach the 
mainstream media publications because of the reach of the agency who regularly supply images to Getty Images,
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brettkeating3@gmail.com (Design Photography) https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/5/editorial-contributor-at-speed-edia Mon, 18 May 2020 06:00:00 GMT
WrapUp 2020 Formula One Australian Grand Prix https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/3/wrapup-2020-formula-one-australian-grand-prix Well what a few days in Melbourne for the 2020 Australian Formula One Grand Prix..
We arrived on Wednesday eager for our favourite event of the the year covering the F1 action and the massive support card of the Virgin Australian Supercars Beaurepairs Melbourne 400 - TCR Asia Pacific Cup - VHT S5000 and the Porsche Carrera Cup.

Our usual plan of attack is to spend Wednesday and Thursday covering media events and Photo opportunities and leave the on track action for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

But this year due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) the event was called off due to Staff from several teams showing symptoms ( late Thursday Night ) of the virus, and after a call from the the Victorian Government to Run the event without Patrons ( early friday morning) the Call was finally made by the FIA in Conjunction with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation , Formula 1 senior Management, the Teams and the Victorian Government , the decision was made to Cancel the event at 11am on Friday Morning.

This year, all was not lost for us, having arrived on Wednesday we still had a busy day planned with the Renault F1 Team revealing their 2020 Livery for the R.S.20 with drivers - Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon and then of to tea with Colin and the Guys from 
Canon CPS, which was a great night, with networking opportunities with other Cannon Professional Photographers in a relaxed atmosphere over a meal and few beers..Thanks to the Canon Guys for a great meal and a great Night..
 

Picture Below - Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon from Renault F1 Reveal the 2020 Livery for their R.S.20. Renault F1 Team revealing their 2020 LiveryRenault F1 Team revealing their 2020 LiveryRenault F1 Team revealing their 2020 Livery

Thursday ( our Favourite Day ) because its the day where all the drivers and team principals enter the track via Melbourne walk and greet the thousands of fans waiting to get an autograph from their favourite drivers.This year the Fia released a media statement - “Autograph sessions will now be conducted as Q&A interview sessions. Drivers will continue to utilise the Melbourne Walk but will not be closely interacting with fans for selfies, autographs or other direct engagement." ( FIA Via Twitter 11 March 2020) which was unfortunate but understandable given the current climate. Most of the drivers did walk though Melbourne Walk and but did not stop to address the crowds or take photographs.

Picture Below - Esteban Ocon  ( France ) Racing for Renault F1 Team arrives to Melbourne Walk wearing a face mask..
From Melbourne Walk we headed to the F1 Paddock for the 2020 Formula One Drivers Photos.
This is the first year we have covered the session and we were thrilled to tick it of our bucket list..The session took just on three hours with the drivers filtering though at regular intervals and with all photographers with their cameras at the ready..Some drivers stayed for one or two shots only and some stayed for much longer..it was very interesting but i did not dare move during the whole time in fear of loosing my position within the Photographers Gallery..But i think it payed off and I got some great shots..

Picture Below  - Daniel Ricciardo (Australia ) Racing for Renault F1 Team , Charles Leclerc ( Monaco ) Racing for Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow , Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Racing for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team , Lewis Hamilton ( UK ) Racing for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.
Busy Busy...We left the drivers Portraits and headed to the Williams Pits where myself and Fellow Photographer Dave Hewison were invited to a Q & A session with Williams Head of Technical & Innovation Partnerships Al Peasland.
It was great to hear the Williams teams plans, and hear their ideas for the 2020 season, we finished of the session with a tour of the garage and facility.Thanks to Anna Kocharova from Acronis for the kind invitation..I enjoyed it greatly..


Picture Below -The team prepping the Williams-Mercedes FW43 of George Russell..
Friday we headed to the track at about 6am after all the news stories had broken, and the uncertainty about being locked out and being able to attend the track to pick up all my gear that was stored in the media center..and we just waited for news and updates from the  media center..Finally we received the email for the FIA and covered the Press conference to hear that the event was cancelled..

Picture Below - ( L-R )  Michael Masi, race director for the Australian Grand Prix, Andrew Westacott, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Paul Little, chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and Chase Carey, Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One Group answer questions from the Media Gallery..
Picture Below - In the Media Room - Pack Up Time ( Image - Dave Hewison Photography)

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brettkeating3@gmail.com (Design Photography) australian Grand prix formula One motorsport' Wrap Up Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix 2020 https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/3/wrapup-2020-formula-one-australian-grand-prix Tue, 17 Mar 2020 10:14:57 GMT
ICC Womens T20 World Cup 2020 https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/3/icc-womens-t20-world-cup-2020 This Year we thrilled to be given the Opportunity to cover to the Womens and Mens BigBash games along with some Mens International T20 Games and the ICC Womens T20 World Cup 2020 games that were played in Melbourne..This was untested waters for me and with regards to my gear and captioning and uploading on the field on the fly..I enjoyed the challenge and after a couple of games got my setup and workflow worked out and started getting started getting images in to my sports news desk as they happened..

It was a thrill to cover the Womens T20 World Cup 2020 games and I gave up my other Opportunity to cover the World Super bikes 2020 ( which as always, two events on at the same, which happens a lot ) but I took the view that the World Cup event was a once in a lifetime event..

Picture - ICC Womens T20 World Cup Game 18- New Zealand Women Playing Australia Women-The Australian team During the Australian National Anthem
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brettkeating3@gmail.com (Design Photography) CommBank T20 INTL Tri-Series CommBank T20 INTL Tri-Series Final- Match 7 - Australia Women V India Women - The Australian Team Photo After the Match Cricket Australia https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/3/icc-womens-t20-world-cup-2020 Mon, 02 Mar 2020 08:06:00 GMT
The Bushfire Cricket Legends Bash Charity Match https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/2/the-bushfire-cricket-legends-bash-charity-match The Bushfire Cricket Legends Bash Charity Match
 

We were thrilled to cover the The Bushfire Cricket Legends Bash Charity Match at Junction Oval in Melbourne on the 9th Feb 2020.Recently we have had the pleasure of Covering The Big Bash league for the Both the Mens and Womens Comps and will be covering the Icc Womens World Cup just before we head to the Australian Gp again..It was a such a pleasure to meet the players and cover the event and to witness the some amazing cricket by the legends that we grew up with.The Teams from the event which raised over $7.7m for the communities devastated by the fires that have ravaged Australia for months were as follows-
Ricky Ponting (c), Adam Gilchrist (c), Brian Lara, Yuvraj Singh, Wasim Akram, Courtney Walsh, Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds, Brad Haddin, Brett Lee, Alex Blackwell, Dan Christian, Nick Riewoldt, Elyse Villani, Luke Hodge, Cam Smith.

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brettkeating3@gmail.com (Design Photography) Cricket Australia The Bushfire Cricket Legends Bash Charity Match https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/2/the-bushfire-cricket-legends-bash-charity-match Sun, 09 Feb 2020 07:55:00 GMT
Traveling through New Zealand's South Island https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/1/traveling-through-new-zealands-south-island Christmas 2019/2020 - We headed back to New Zealand's South Island for our Photography Holiday..and to cover some of the amazing sights that we had missed on our previous trips..I just love New Zealand's coastline and mountains, and just love the fact that with a small traveling time you are looking at snow covered mountains to a rugged coastline with amazing views.It just offers some much, and most of the time your breath is taken away with the scenery.

This would be my 5th trip, and on this trip I wanted to see and experience the Franz Joseph Glacier, Wanaka and spend a few days exploring Christchurch (as normally fly in and out).We landed in Queenstown and spent a few days exploring and we took the TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Farm and did the farm tour which was great and highly recommended. We also went up the Skyline Queenstown Gondola,450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak to amazing views of the township. We also toured through the Kiwi Birdlife park and managed to see some amazing wildlife.

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Next stop was traveling down to Invercargill ( the Bottom of the South Island ) to spend a few days exploring the area.
On the trip down to Invercargill we explored Arrowtown, Kingston, Lake Dunstan and Lumsden, and over the next few days headed over to 
Bluff and Riverton as well as some of the local sights like the Classic MotorCycle Mecca and Automotive World.

 

Next we headed for Wanaka, where we had booked for a couple of days and we were eager to visit and get a glimpse of the Snow Capped Mountains.On the Road to Wanaka we stopped at the Clyde Township and Clyde Dam for some photo ops, then on to Cromwell to check out the Cromwell Heritage Precinct which did not disappoint, it was great to see all the old buildings and the heritage from the area.
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Later that day we arrived in Wanaka and the amazing scenery of Lake Wanaka with the backdrop of the mountains behind. It was a warm day and the lake was filled with swimmers and speedboats etc which made for some amazing photos.Your eyes and focus were never far away from looking at the snow caped mountains.Over the next couple of days we explored the area and headed to the Transport and Toy Museum, Wanaka Lavender Farm and Puzzling World which was a test for the senses and great fun.We also set our sights on the Blue Pools Makarora along the Haast Pass, Mt Aspiring National Park which was a short walk to some amazing scenery.

The trip to the blue pools took a little longer, leaving Wanaka you have the views and amazing drive along the winding roads with mountains and blue waters of Lake Wanaka on the left, then shortly up the road you hit Lake Hawea on the right with equally breathtaking views and mountain landscapes.The road has many parking / viewing areas so allow some extra time..The best part about the trip was we had to travel back the same road later that day to get back to Wanaka..


View our Wanaka Gallery

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Next we headed for Franz Joseph Glacier, along the road we stopped at Cameron Flat, Roaring Billy Falls and Bryce Bay for some more photo ops..unfortunately the weather was not the best with low clouds and the smoke haze from the bushfires in Australia covering the mountains for what turned to be the next few days.Once we arrived in the township of Franz Joseph, the town was abuzz with activity and the mountain tips were poking through the clouds and our hopes were high of getting some great landscape shots.

We had booked a helicopter glacier landing for the next morning ( which was the highlight of our trip ) and we were hopeful of heading up the mountain.The next morning we checked in with the helicopter operator and were informed that the cloud and flying conditions were not going to allow any flights for that day..and we rescheduled to the following day.

Next on our list was Lake Matherson ( the world famous mirror lake ). We headed over and did the walk around Lake Matherson which was very scenic but again the low clouds were covering the views of Mt Cook and the other mountain ranges.
The next morning we headed back to the helicopter operator and was informed that the cloud and flying conditions had not changed and all flights were canceled for the day.
Not to worry, next on our list was the was the 1 & 1/2 hour Franz Joseph Glacier walk..This walk was great, and it was amazing to actually walk where the Glacier once was, and eventually after passing a few waterfalls and photo ops, we arrived to the Glacier viewing area.I was glad to have seen the glacier because all reports indicate that the Glacier is receding every year, and eventually will not be in view..


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Our next destination was Greymouth, along the road we stopped at Ross Gold Mining Town and the West Coast Treetop walk before heading to Hokitika and Hokitika Gorge, which was an amazing walk, with some great photo opportunities. After a look around the beach and township of Hokitika we headed for Greymouth which was our base for the next couple of days.

The next morning we were up and out the door to beat the tourists to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki, situated on the coastline. This walk is a must do and another amazing photo opportunity.After some some lunch at the cafe we then headed to explore the area and drove out to Coal Creek Waterfall, if you love your waterfalls as I do, then you will not be disappointed..We also visited the Brunner Mine and Rapahoe and discovered some of the amazing heritage from the area.

 

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Coal Creek WaterFall - South IslandCoal Creek WaterFall - South IslandCoal Creek WaterFall - South Island Our next destination was Christchurch, I had been waiting for this leg of the trip because we were heading through Arthurs Pass ( straight through the mountains) and I had heard that the scenery was amazing, and it was...Firstly we stopped at the Londonderry Rock Walk at Kumara before stopping at the Otira Stagecoach Hotel and Otira Viaduct along the road to Arthurs Pass Village, a small base for the day to explore the many walks and waterfalls in the area.With a short walk in any direction you found you self facing a waterfall. It was truly amazing, with the pinnacle being the long and steep walk up to Devils Punchbowl Falls..The uphill walk to the waterfall is very challenging and isn't for the unfit ( in my opinion ) but when you arrive, after just gaining your breath back, prepare to loose it again. The sound of the water falling from hundreds of metres above you and running under the small platform you are standing on is an experience
I will never forget..The township of Arthurs Pass Village is a must stop. Allow a few hours when traveling through to explore the many walks and sights in the area.

View Our Arthurs Pass Gallery
 

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On to Christchurch - I have been a Christchurch a few times but always just passed through and never spent any real time exploring the area and just seeing the devastation that was caused by the 6.2MW earthquake in 2011.Although the City has moved forward in leaps and bounds in recent years, it is still evident that the devastating earthquake took place almost 10 years ago.Christchurch is just such a lovely place, we spent all day in the city and traveling on the city loop tram, stopping at each point on the route to spend some time and take some photos.It was another bucket list item ticked off when we visited the 185 Empty White Chairs, an unofficial memorial for the 185 individuals who died in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

I strongly recommend taking the tram around the city and listening to the commentary from the tram driver along the route, as it is very explanatory and thorough. You come away from the experience with a lot of history and knowledge about Christchurch..

One last stop was Orana Wildlife Park. Ok, if you love heading to the Zoo for the day, then this is a must stop. The range of wildlife and the up close setup is a standout in my opinion..Orana Park is without a doubt one of the best wildlife parks I have ever attended, and on the top of the list for future visits.I strongly recommend the lion encounter. Its a one in a lifetime ride..




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brettkeating3@gmail.com (Design Photography) Akaroa alps Arrowtown Arthurs Pass background beautiful blue Blue Pools Bluff Brunner Mine Christchurch city cityscape Clyde Coal Creek Mine coast Collection Cromwell destination discover New Zealand environment Fantail Falls Fine art New Zealand Fineart forest Fox Glacier Franz Joseph Glacier FranzJoseph FranzJoseph New Zealand Gore green Hokitika Hokitika Gorge horizon illustration Invercargill island Kingston lake Lake Dunstan Lake Hawea Lake Matherson landmark landscape Lumbsden Milford Sound mountain Napier national natural nature new New NewZealand New Zealand Images new Zealand Landscapes north NorthIsland nz ocean Orana Wildlife Park outdoor outdoors pacific Pancake Rocks panorama park peak Queenstown New Zealand reflection Ross Gold Town scene scenery scenic sea sky skyline"Art snow sound south South Island New Zealand South island NewZealand southern summer tourism travel valley view water Wellington https://www.designandphotography.com.au/blog/2020/1/traveling-through-new-zealands-south-island Fri, 10 Jan 2020 04:06:00 GMT