Where did the Coronavirus 19 Originate from? and anything relative to the virus.

 

Where did the Coronavirus 19 originate from? and anything relative to the virus.

 

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Australia COVID-19 update 13 August 2021.

Australia wide — 416 new locally acquired cases, 2 new OS acquired case, 2 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 391 new from 127,988 tests, 390 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in hotel quarantine, 2 deaths.
• Over 6,000 active cases, 391 in hospital, 63 in ICU (55 unvaccinated), 30 ventilated.
• An unvaccinated SW Sydney woman in her 40s died at home and a vaccinated man in late 90s died while under palliative care in the Newcastle area.
• There have been 6,874 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 38 deaths.
• Of the 390 new local cases, 98 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 43 in isolation for part of their infectious period, 58 cases were infectious in the community with 191 still under investigation.
• 140 are linked to a known case or cluster (118 household contacts, 22 close contacts), with the source of infection for 250 cases under investigation.
• In the past seven days, 705 of the 2,133 COVID cases in NSW were among children. The Giant Steps school for autism in Gladesville is closed after being linked to 18 COVID cases.
• New case locations include 138 in Western Sydney, 123 in SW Sydney, 47 in Sydney, 32 from Nepean Blue Mountains, 30 in SE Sydney, 7 in Northern Sydney, 6 in Western NSW, 5 in Hunter New England and 2 from the Central Coast. No new cases in Tamworth, Armidale and Byron Bay areas. 
• Authorities very concerned about Western NSW with 19 new cases now detected, 17 in Dubbo and 2 in Walgett bringing the total to 25 in the area. Wastewater viral fragments also detected in Bathurst, Parkes and Bourke.
• Another man has tested positive Bathurst jail, as a new arrival the 29-year-old man was routinely swabbed. He is not believed to be linked to the earlier case and has been in a single cell since arriving on Wednesday. Contact tracing is underway.
• Newcastle COVID outbreak allegedly caused by a Sydney woman who lied to police twice and twice defied orders to return to Sydney, before spreading the virus in Newcastle over several days. More.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 15 new from 40,737 tests, all locally acquired.
• 148 active cases, 2 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
• Of the 15 new locally-acquired cases, 8 were in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
— 11 linked to current outbreaks: 4 Al-Taqwa College, 2 Newport Football Club, 1 Caroline Springs shopping centre, 1 City of Melbourne cluster, 1 inner north case from Thursday, 1 student Glenroy West Primary School, 1 contact of a Glenroy case.
— 4 "mystery cases" (total now 8) ...  including unconnected families in Glenroy and Brunswick West, a Wyndham Vale delivery driver, an individual from Roxborough Park and a person from Middle Park who attended the South Melbourne Market.
• The Western Autistic School has been closed, after a positive case was linked to the school's bus service. Students and carers affected in quarantine for 14 days.
• Viral fragments found in wastewater in "unexpected" areas including outside Melbourne at Lakes Entrance and Camberwell, and in the western suburbs of Tarneit, Williams Landing and Truganina.
List of exposure sites. Now over 415 including South Melbourne Market.

QUEENSLAND
• 8 new from 35,503 tests, 7 locally acquired, 1 returned OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 158 active cases, 43 in hospital, 1 in ICU not ventilated.
• All new local cases are linked to the Indooroopilly schools cluster and all were in home quarantine during their entire infectious period. Cluster now totals 137.
• Anyone testing positive must remain in home quarantine for 14 days after the positive result.
• Thousands of parents, students gradually being released from home quarantine across SE Queensland. Indooroopilly State High School campus will reopen today. Ironside State School, Brisbane Grammar School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School will open on Monday.
• Anyone who has been in the ACT since August 9 must immediately home quarantine for 14 days.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 4 new from 1,331 tests, all locally acquired. 
• 5 active cases, 0 in hospital.
• 4 close contacts of the man in his 20s reported yesterday have tested positive, cluster now totals 5.
• 2 additional cases announced later today including a Gold Creek School student with no known links to known cases or locations. School campuses closed. Staff, visitors and student families to get tested and quarantine.
• At least 3,000 close contacts have been identified, testing clinics struggle under record demand.
List of exposure sites.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 1,679 tests.
• 7 active cases, 0 in hospital.
• Police remind people not to travel to the NT without all relevant approvals, 11 infringement notices issued yesterday.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 5,000 tests.
• 5 active cases, 3 in hospital, 1 in ICU.
• A quarantined male OS traveller escaped his Adelaide medi-hotel overnight, spending 8 hours in the community before returning voluntarily. Police are investigating how he escaped and what charges may apply.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 4,275 tests.
• 4 active cases, 1 in hospital, 1 in ICU.
List of exposure sites.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 1,362 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 1 new from 6,060 tests, a returned OS traveller in managed isolation.
• 44 active cases, 0 in hospital.

Australia COVID-19 update 14 August 2021.

Australia wide —  494 new locally acquired cases, 2 new OS acquired case, 4 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 467 new from 129,352 tests, 466 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in hotel quarantine, 4 deaths.
• Over 6,300 active cases, 378 in hospital, 64 in ICU, 29 ventilated.
• Deaths: An unvaccinated palliative care northern Sydney woman in her 40s died in Concord Hospital, a SW Sydney vaccinated man in his 70s died at Liverpool Hospital, a SW Sydney woman in her 70s died at Campbelltown Hospital and an unvaccinated SW Sydney man in his 80s died at Concord Hospital.
• There have been 7,337 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 43 deaths.
• Of the 466 new local cases, 76 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 19 in isolation for part of their infectious period, 68 cases were infectious in the community with 303 still under investigation. 121 are linked to a known case or cluster (101 household contacts, 20 close contacts), with the source of infection for 345 cases under investigation.
• New case locations include 166 in Western Sydney, 106 in SW Sydney, 59 from Nepean Blue Mountains, 37 in Sydney, 30 in SE Sydney, 26 from Western NSW, 16 from Hunter New England, 15 in Northern Sydney, 5 from Central Coast, 4 from Illawarra Shoalhaven and 3 from unknown addresses. Armidale lockdown extended for 7 days despite no new cases.
• Wastewater virus detection in Broken Hill of “particular concern” because there are no known cases in the area. Viral fragments also found in Ballina and Raymond Terrace.
• Sydney restrictions tightened, residents of Greater Sydney now must have a permit to leave the region, increased police patrols. No travel to second residences. 5km rule (including shopping for essentials) now in place for Greater Sydney.
LOCKDOWN ... NSW entered whole statewide lockdown from 5.00pm.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 21 new from 33,675 tests, all locally acquired.
• 163 active cases, 1 in hospital, 1 in ICU.
• The 21 new local cases are all linked to previously reported cases with 11 in quarantine during their entire infectious period and 10 infectious in the community.
• Links as follows: 15 Glenroy Primary School (includes 2 students, 1 teacher plus 10 in 3 households), 3 Al-Taqwa College, 2 Newport Football, 1 Caroline Springs Shopping Centre.
List of exposure sites. Over 457 sites right across Melbourne.

QUEENSLAND
• 7 new from 22,774 tests, 6 locally acquired, 1 returned OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 165 active cases, 43 in hospital, 1 in ICU not ventilated.
• All new local cases are linked to the Indooroopilly schools cluster, all in home quarantine during their entire infectious period. Cluster now totals 143.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 1 new from 4,500 tests, 1 locally acquired, close contact of a known case. 
• 7 active cases, 0 in hospital.
List of exposure sites.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 3,719 tests.
• 7 active cases, 0 in hospital.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 4,826 tests.
• 3 active cases, 3 in hospital, 1 in ICU.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from Yesterday, 968+ tests.
• 3 active cases, 1 in hospital, 1 in ICU.
List of exposure sites.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

The NSW Government has announced a snap state-wide lockdown which will last for at least the next seven days.NSW Health confirmed any existing coronavirus restrictions in regional areas of NSW will now be replaced with the new public health orders matched for the entire state."This means the whole of New South Wales will be under stay at home restrictions from 5pm today," NSW Health said.

Australia COVID-19 update 15 August 2021.

Australia wide —  442 new locally acquired cases, 3 new OS acquired cases, 4 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 417 new from 126,790 tests, 415 locally acquired, 2 OS travellers in hotel quarantine, 4 deaths.
• Over 6,300 active cases, 381 in hospital, 62 in ICU, 24 ventilated.
• Deaths: a woman in her 50s died at Campbelltown Hospital, a woman in her 80s died at RPA Hospital, a man in his 80s died at Liverpool Hospital and a woman in her 70s died at Royal North Shore Hospital.
• There have been 7,745 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 48 deaths.
• Of the 415 new local cases, 76 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 24 in isolation for part of their infectious period, 42 cases were infectious in the community with 273 still under investigation. 139 are linked to a known case or cluster (122 household contacts, 17 close contacts), with the source of infection for 276 cases under investigation.
• New case locations include 167 Western Sydney, 98 SW Sydney, 42 Sydney, 36 Nepean Blue Mountains, 31 SE Sydney, 21 Western NSW, 9 Hunter New England, 6 Northern Sydney, 2 Central Coast, 3 case addresses to be verified.
• Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Marayong, Merrylands, Auburn and Guildford now areas of major concern.
• NSW sewage surveillance detected fragments in Bourke, Lennox Head, Parkes and Wallacia areas. 
• Broken Hill/SA border bubble now closed after wastewater virus fragments detected yesterday.
• Rapid antigen testing to be rolled out in greater Sydney aged care facilities.
• NSW in statewide lockdown. Rules.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 25 from 32,286 tests, all locally acquired.
• 185 active cases, 4 in hospital, 1 in ICU.
• Of the 25 new local cases 20 are linked to previously known outbreaks with 12 in quarantine during their entire infectious period and 13 infectious in the community.
— 5 new "mystery cases" across Melbourne including a possible contact of a Middle Park case, a Greater Dandenong commercial cleaner, a West Footscray construction worker and a mother and her adult son from St Kilda East.
— 20 inked cases are: 10 household members Al-Taqwa College including two entire families (6/3), 7 Glenroy West Primary School cluster, 3 Caroline Springs Shopping Centre.
• Premier urges people to "take the rules seriously".
• An extra 84,000 vaccine appointments added today.
List of exposure sites. Over 494 sites right across Melbourne.

ACT
• 2 new from 3,294 tests, both locally acquired.
• 1 new case linked to the Fiction nightclub, the other case is a man in his 20s with no obvious link.
• 9 active cases, 0 in hospital.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 1 new from 13,341 tests, a returned OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 145 active cases, 41 in hospital, 1 in ICU not ventilated.
• Border restrictions with NSW tightened further. Rules.
List of exposure sites.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 648+ tests.
• 3 active cases, 1 in hospital, 1 in ICU.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 4,903 tests.
• 2 active cases, 1 in hospital, 1 in ICU.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 1,890 tests.
• 2 active cases, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 4 new from 4,577 tests, all returned OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 39 active cases, 1 in hospital.

VACCINES
• Australia will receive an extra 1 million Pfizer vaccine doses purchased from Poland tonight.
• Around 530,00 of these doses will be made available to the 12 Sydney LGAs worst affected with the focus on residents aged 20-39.

Australia COVID-19 update 16 August 2021.

Australia wide — 520 new locally acquired cases, 4 new OS acquired cases, 8 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 480 new from 156,495 tests, 478 locally acquired, 2 OS travellers in hotel quarantine, 8 deaths.
• Over 6,900 active cases, 391 in hospital, 66 in ICU, 28 ventilated.
• Deaths: Man in 40s Liverpool Hospital, woman in 70s Royal North Shore Hospital, man in 70s Liverpool Hospital (8th death of that outbreak), 3 men in 80s (2 Campbelltown Hospital, 1 Nepean Hospital), woman in 80s RPA Hospital and a 15-year-old boy from SW Sydney died at Sydney Children’s Hospital after being treated for pneumococcal meningitis and COVID. This is the highest number of daily fatalities NSW has recorded since the pandemic began.
• There have been 8,218 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 56 deaths.
• Of the 478 new local cases, 97 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 30 in isolation for part of their infectious period, 61 cases were infectious in the community with 290 still under investigation. 141 are linked to a known case or cluster (120 household contacts, 21 close contacts), with the source of infection for 337 cases under investigation.
• New case locations include 183 Western Sydney, 144 SW Sydney, 43 Sydney, 35 Western NSW, 25 SE Sydney, 18 Nepean Blue Mountains, 16 Hunter New England, 4 Northern Sydney, 2 Central Coast, 2 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 6 yet to be assigned.
• New fears for Central West NSW after a Subway restaurant in Bathurst, two cafes in Orange and two in Mudgee were added to the exposure list overnight, close contacts urged to get tested immediately. In Western NSW the majority of the 98 active cases are Aboriginal and about 40% are children aged between 10 and 19. Dubbo remains the epicentre of the outbreak, with 95 of the 98 active cases and 32 out of Monday’s 35 new cases, and 49 of the region’s 57 venues of concern are located in the town. But in recent days there have been positive cases in Mudgee and Orange; and the first case has now appeared in Bourke.
• Two staff members and three patients at Kogarah's St George Hospital's oncology ward have tested positive.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 22 from 29,986 tests, all locally acquired.
• 205 active cases, 6 in hospital, 1 in ICU.
• Patients include 2 women in 20s, 1 woman in 40s, 2 men in 40s, 1 child in ICU not serious.
• Of the 22 locally acquired cases, 17 are linked to known outbreaks with 14 in isolation throughout their infectious period and 8 infectious in the community.
• The state now has over 12 chains of transmission. Links include: 11 Al Taqwa- College, 1 Caroline Springs Shopping Centre, 4 original Newport cluster, 2 Glenroy West Primary School, 1 Dandenong case announced on Sunday, 1 St Kilda East social gathering, 2 mystery cases Lygon Street tower.
• 69 people who attended an illegal engagement party in Caulfield, where guests openly mocked restrictions, will be fined $5500 each.
LOCKDOWN extended until to September 2.
CURFEW from 9pm to 5am for two weeks starting at midnight.
List of exposure sites. Over 529 sites right across Melbourne.

ACT
• 19 new from 5,723 tests, all locally acquired.
• 28 active cases, 0 in hospital.
• A Lyneham High School student has tested positive, plus an aged worker from a Tuggeranong village.
LOCKDOWN extended until until at least September 2.
List of exposure sites. Many added.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 2 new from 3,374 tests, both returned OS travellers in hotel quarantine.
• 5 active cases, 1 in hospital, 1 in ICU.
• WA has expanded its Pfizer vaccination program to include people aged 16 to 29.
List of exposure sites.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 1 new from 2,460 tests, locally acquired.
• 3 active cases, 0 in hospital.
• The locally acquired case was an OS traveller who tested negative in hotel quarantine in Sydney. The man in his 30s was tested again in Darwin, as required, and returned a positive result overnight. He is now in isolation in his Katherine hotel and will be transferred to the Howard Springs facility.
LOCKDOWN Snap three-day lockdown for Greater Darwin and the Katherine region.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 0 new from 9,209 tests.
• 129 active cases, 34 in hospital, 1 in ICU not ventilated.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 3,099 tests.
• 2 active cases, 1 in hospital, 1 in ICU.
• Pfizer vaccines now available to people aged 16 to 39 in South Australia.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 1,354 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

VACCINES
• Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration has completed batch testing and approved the release of one million doses of the Pfizer vaccine that arrived from Poland late last night.

NEW ZEALAND
• 5 new from 3,126 tests, all returned OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 44 active cases, 1 in hospital.

Australia COVID-19 update 17 August 2021.

Australia wide — 494 new locally acquired cases, 4 new OS acquired cases, 1 death.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 454 new from 151,767 tests, 452 locally acquired, 2 OS travellers in hotel quarantine, 1 death.
• Over 7,500 active cases, 447 in hospital, 69 in ICU, 24 ventilated.
• A woman in her 70s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.
• There have been 8,654 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 57 deaths.
• Of the 454 new local cases, 101 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 24 in isolation for part of the period, 30 cases were infectious in the community with 297 still under investigation.
• 129 are linked to a known case or cluster (105 household contacts, 24 close contacts), with the source of infection for 323 cases under investigation. 75% under age of 40.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 189 Western Sydney, 132 SW Sydney, 32 Sydney, 25 Nepean Blue Mountains, 24 SE Sydney, 18 Western NSW, 13 Northern Sydney, 10 Hunter New England, 1 Central Coast, 1 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 7 yet to be assigned.
• Premier warns residents of Blacktown, Seven Hills, Merrylands, Guildford, Auburn, Bankstown and Greenacre to stay at home but seek vaccination as soon as possible.
• Virus continues to spread in regional NSW with 16 cases in Dubbo, 5 in Maitland, 2 in Newcastle, 3 in Lake Macquarie and 1 in Broken Hill/Wilcannia. The ADF has been enlisted to help with the vaccine rollout in Western NSW.
• Premier continues to warn September and October will be the most difficult months. Freedoms at 70-80% vaccination rate will only come if there are low case numbers as well.
List of exposure sites. NSW no longer listing every Sydney exposure site publicly.

VICTORIA
• 25 from 31,519 tests, 24 locally acquired, 1 returned OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 227 active cases, 6 in hospital, 1 in ICU.
• 50 of the 227 active cases are under the age of 10.
• Of the 24 locally-acquired cases, 21 are linked to known outbreaks and 14 have been in isolation throughout their infectious period with 10 infectious while in the community. 3 are linked to Al-Taqwa college, 9 to Glenroy West Primary School, 4 to St Kilda East community outbreak, 2 to Lygon Street housing tower in Carlton, 3 to Newport Football Club with 3 unlinked.
List of exposure sites. Over 518 sites all across Melbourne.

ACT
• 17 new from 7,380 tests, all locally acquired.
• 45 active cases, 0 in hospital.
• 8 cases are still under investigation, with 3 currently unlinked.
• More than 7,500 people in home quarantine, and more than 80 exposure sites listed.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 2 new from 10,837 tests, 1 locally acquired, 1 returned OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 110 active cases, 28 in hospital, 1 in ICU not ventilated.
• The new local case is linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and was detected in home isolation.
• Police stopped and checked 10,000 cars at the Queensland border in the past 24 hours, and turned back 1,000 of those vehicles.
List of exposure sites.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 1,846 tests.
• 3 active cases, 0 in hospital.
• Authorities have identified about 300 close and casual contacts of yesterday's positive case who was more infectious in Katherine than Darwin. The Uber driver who was in contact with the positive case has been moved into quarantine and has so far tested negative.
List of exposure sites.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 4,655 tests.
• 3 active cases, 0 in hospital.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 5,281 tests.
• 2 active cases, 1 in hospital, 0 in ICU.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 638 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 1 new from 2,587 tests, locally acquired.
• 43 active cases, 2 in hospital.
• The new local case is a 58 year-old man from Auckland who travelled to Coromandel on the weekend. He was infectious from Thursday with 23 exposure sites identified, 13 in the Coromandel region, 10 in Auckland. No links have been established to the border or quarantine facilities so far and the variant is yet to be confirmed.
LOCKDOWN All of New Zealand moves to level 4 lockdown for at least three days.

Australia COVID-19 update 18 August 2021.

Australia wide — 679 new locally acquired cases, 6 new OS acquired cases, 3 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 634 new from 102,749 tests, 633 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in hotel quarantine, 3 deaths.
• Over 8,000 active cases, 462 in hospital, 77 in ICU, 25 ventilated.
• A man in his 60s has died in Liverpool Hospital and 2 men in their 70s died at Nepean Hospital. 
• There have been 9,280 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 60 deaths.
• Today’s total is the largest ever daily total recorded in the state.
• Of the 633 new local cases, 94 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 30 in isolation for part of the period, 62 cases were infectious in the community with 447 still under investigation.
• 158 are linked to a known case or cluster (145 household contacts, 13 close contacts), with the source of infection for 475 cases under investigation.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 224 SW Sydney, 216 Western Sydney, 54 Nepean Blue Mountains, 52 Sydney, 24 SE Sydney, 23 Western NSW, 15 Hunter New England, 6 Northern Sydney, 4 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 4 Far West, 11 cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.
• Western NSW and Far West NSW still a major concern with 17 new cases in Dubbo and cases in Mudgee, Narromine, Gilgandra, Bourke and 3 in Wilcannia. No new cases in Armidale or Tamworth.
• Virus fragments detected in Yamba, Bathurst and Orange sewage areas.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 24 from 39,832 tests, all locally acquired.
• 246 active cases, 12 in hospital, 2 in ICU, 0 ventilated.
• Of the 24 locally-acquired cases, 20 are linked to known outbreaks and 18 have been in isolation throughout their infectious period with 6 infectious while in the community.
— Linked cases include 10 Al-Taqwa college, 4 Glenroy cluster, 2 Caroline Springs Shopping Centre, 1 Newport Football Club, 2 480 Lygon Street.
— The 4 under investigation include 1 in Glenroy, 2 in Altona North and a teenager from Glen Eira who works at pizza store in Malvern East.
• Almost half of Victoria’s 246 active cases are young people aged below 19.
• From 11.59pm last night, authorised workers in metropolitan Melbourne must carry a permit when leaving home for work, and while at work.
• No trains, trams or buses will run between 1:00am and 5:00am on Saturdays and 1:00am and 6:00am on Sundays for the next two weeks.
List of exposure sites. Over 537 sites right across Melbourne.

ACT
• 22 new from 6,652 tests, all locally acquired.
• 67 active cases, 0 in hospital.
• 63 of the ACT cases have confirmed links, but the 4 unlinked cases include the original case that sent the ACT into lockdown.
• 3 schools added to the exposure sites list overnight, St Thomas Aquinas PS in Charnwood, UC Senior Secondary College in Belconnen and Harrison School. A total of 5 ACT schools are now affected. Up to 40 ACT school principals are in isolation after attending a conference last Wednesday at a school that's been linked to Canberra's current outbreak.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 4 new from 15,040 tests, 0 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in hotel quarantine, 3 mariners.
• 97 active cases, 25 in hospital, 1 in ICU not ventilated.
List of exposure sites.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 1 new from 4,509 tests, a returned OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 3 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 2,128 tests.
• 3 active cases, 0 in hospital.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 6,355 tests.
• 1 active case, 1 in hospital, 0 in ICU.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 1,208 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 9 new from 7,057 tests, 6 locally acquired, 3 OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 39 active cases, 2 in hospital.
• One of the new cases is a workmate of the tradesman detected yesterday. Another 3 are contacts of this workmate. All have the Delta variant. One of the 3 contacts is a fully vaccinated nurse who works at Auckland City Hospital and had been working in recent days. Auckland City Hospital is taking immediate actions to shut down any potential spread including testing and isolating of all staff and patients on the same ward. In addition, a 21-year-old male and a 19-year-old female, also tested positive in Auckland.
• All of New Zealand in level 4 lockdown for at least three days. Schools closed for everyone including children of essential workers. Most new cases are in their 20s and have been very active in the community. The cases are the first NZ community transmissions in 6 months.
List of exposure sites.

Australia COVID-19 update 19 August 2021.

Australia wide — 754 new locally acquired cases, 4 new OS acquired cases, 1 death.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 684 new from 119,310 tests, 681 locally acquired, 3 OS travellers in hotel quarantine, 1 death.
• Over 8,500 active cases, 474 in hospital, 82 in ICU (71 unvaccinated), 25 ventilated.
• A man in his 80s from SE Sydney died at St George Hospital.
• There have been 9,950 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 61 deaths.
• Of the 681 new local cases, 135 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 28 in isolation for part of the period, 59 cases were infectious in the community with 459 still under investigation.
• 170 are linked to a known case or cluster (149 household contacts, 21 close contacts), with the source of infection for 511 cases under investigation.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 291 Western Sydney, 172 SW Sydney, 74 Nepean Blue Mountains, 63 Sydney, 29 SE Sydney, 25 Western NSW, 14 Northern Sydney, 5 Hunter New England, 1 Central Coast, 1 Mid North Coast, 1 Southern NSW, 5 yet to be assigned to an LHD.
• The Western Sydney suburbs of Merrylands, Guildford, Auburn, Granville, Lidcombe, Greenacre and Blacktown remain the highest concern for Health authorities.
• Extra cases detected overnight in regional areas. Regional lockdown extended for a week.
• Viral fragments detected at Forster, Bateau Bay, Yamba and Mittagong sewage treatment plants.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 57 from 49,607 tests, all locally acquired.
• 296 active cases, 14 in hospital (all unvaccinated), 3 in ICU, 0 ventilated.
• Of the 57 locally acquired cases, 54 are linked to known outbreaks and 44 have been in isolation for their entire infectious period, with 13 infectious while in the community.
• Authorities say the jump in cases was to be expected, as many of the new cases had just completed their day 13 tests in quarantine after being identified as a close contact.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 16 new from 6,953 tests, all locally acquired.
• 83 active cases, 0 in hospital.
• Of the 16 new cases, 11 are linked to existing cases with 5 still under investigation.
• About 400 frontline health workers are among the thousands of Canberrans in isolation.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 1 new from 5,912 tests, a returned OS traveller quarantined in a medi-hotel.
• 1 active case, 1 in hospital, 0 in ICU.

QUEENSLAND
• 0 new from 14,336 tests.
• 79 active cases, 21 in hospital, 1 in ICU not ventilated.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 5,585 tests.
• 3 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 2,664 tests.
• 1 active case, 0 in hospital.
• Darwin lockdown lifted at midday, Katherine lockdown extended by another day. Many restrictions remain for another week including mask wearing. Source of the original case remains a mystery.
List of exposure sites.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 1,555 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 17 new from 12,885 tests, 11 locally acquired, 6 OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 56 active cases, 2 in hospital.
• This brings the total number of community cases to 21, 12 confirmed as part of the Auckland cluster and 8 under investigation. All new local cases transferred to an Auckland isolation facility.
List of exposure sites.

Don't the people in NSW have a lock down?

Yes ... statewide.

Australia COVID-19 update 20 August 2021.

Australia wide — 711 new locally acquired cases, 5 new OS acquired cases, 4 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 646 new from 127,590 tests, 644 locally acquired, 2 OS travellers in hotel quarantine, 4 deaths.
• Over 8,904 active cases, 470 in hospital, 80 in ICU, 27 ventilated.
• A man in 70s died at St George Hospital where he acquired his infection, a man in 80s died at Nepean Hospital where he acquired his infection, 2 women in their 80s died at Royal North Shore Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital.
• There have been 9,950 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 65 deaths.
• Of the 644 new local cases, 65 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 30 in isolation for part of the period, 41 cases were infectious in the community with 506 still under investigation.
• 134 are linked to a known case or cluster (107 household contacts, 27 close contacts), with the source of infection for 508 cases under investigation.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 256 Western Sydney, 222 SW Sydney, 47 Sydney, 35  Nepean Blue Mountains, 27 Western NSW, 25 SE Sydney, 8 Northern Sydney, 3 Hunter New England, 3 Far West NSW, 3 Central Coast, 2 Southern NSW, 1 Mid North Coast, 12 cases yet to be assigned. 
• Viral fragments detected at Cobar, Port Macquarie, Parkes, Coonamble and Bellambi sewage plants.
• LOCKDOWN Greater Sydney lockdown extended until the end of September and a raft of new restrictions introduced, including a curfew for the 12 LGAs of concern.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 57 from 48,273 tests, 55 locally acquired, 2 OS travellers in hotel quarantine.
• 349 active cases, 15 in hospital, 6 in ICU, 1 ventilated.
• Of the 55 locally acquired cases, 49 are linked to known outbreaks and 25 have been in isolation for the entirety of their infectious period, with 30 infectious while in the community.
• New cases include 14 from day 13 testing at Al-Taqwa College, 3 Glenroy West PS, 4 Newport Football Club, 2 Newport elite gym, 4 Pizza Central at Malvern, 6 in two emerging St Kilda clusters, 1 at 510 Lygon Street, 2 household contacts in Altona North, 1 contact of a Doncaster East case, 13 in Broadmeadows Mycentre multicultural youth centre cluster, 1 domestic cabin crew member Tullamarine, 1 each in Pakenham, Point Cook, Port Melbourne and Brunswick.
• Six more cases detected in Shepparton during the day. The initial case found in Shepparton is still a mystery case. They are are family members of this man in his 30s, but live in a different household.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 12 new from 7,882 tests, all locally acquired.
• 94 active cases, 1 in hospital, 0 ventilated.
• 11 new cases inked to known cases, 1 under investigation.
List of exposure sites. Now over 260.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 1 new from 5,344 tests, a returned OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 4 active cases, 0 in hospital.

QUEENSLAND
• 0 new from 13,856 tests, 1 historical Indooroopilly case added.
• 68 active cases, 18 in hospital, 0 in ICU.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 6,108 tests.
• 2 active cases, 1 in hospital, 0 in ICU.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 2,338 tests.
• 1 active case, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 1,555 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 13 new from 27,899 tests, 11 locally acquired, 2 OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 69 active cases, 5 in hospital.
• Of the 11 new cases, 8 are in Auckland and 3 are in Wellington. The three in Wellington had recently travelled to Auckland visiting an exposure location of interest there.
• Auckland’s North Shore hospital and Short Stay Surgical Unit closed for deep cleaning and staff isolated after a positive case was treated there prior to their COVID diagnosis.
• Nationwide lockdown extended for four days. The third Bledisloe Cup clash at Perth Stadium now cancelled.
List of exposure sites.

Thanks for putting up that info every day RnR

Australia COVID-19 update 21 August 2021.

Australia wide — 694 new locally acquired cases, 9 new OS acquired cases, 3 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 832 new from 124,610 tests, 625 locally acquired, 7 OS travellers in hotel quarantine, 3 deaths.
• Over 8,904 active cases, 516 in hospital, 85 in ICU, 29 ventilated.
• A woman in her 90s died at Liverpool Hospital and 2 men in their 80s and 90s died at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital (both residents of Greenwood Aged Care in Normanhurst after an unvaccinated asymptomatic nurse worked two shifts).
• There have been 11,395 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 68 deaths.
• Of the 625 new local cases, 92 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 38 in isolation for part of the period, 58 cases were infectious in the community with 637 still under investigation.
• 149 are linked to a known case or cluster (116 household contacts, 33 close contacts), with the source of infection for 676 cases under investigation.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 290 Western Sydney, 253 SW Sydney, 69 Sydney, 65 Nepean Blue Mountains, 61 SE Sydney, 38 Western NSW, 18 Northern Sydney, 14 Far West, 2 Southern NSW, 1 Hunter New England, 1 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 1 Central Coast, 12 cases yet to be assigned to an LHD.
• Western & Far West NSW are areas of concern with 32 cases in Dubbo, 12 in Wilcannia, 2 in Broken Hill, 2 in Bathurst, 2 in Wellington and 1 in Narromine. Viral fragments detected at the sewage treatment plants in Orange and Lithgow.
LOCKDOWN ... Greater Sydney lockdown continues until the end of September, tougher rules & curfews for LGAs of concern. In addition, the following retail venues must close except for click and collect: garden centres and plant nurseries, office supplies, hardware and building supplies, landscaping material supplies, rural supplies, and pet supplies. Bunnings has closed in-store shopping for non-trade customers in all Sydney stores.
• Due to potential protest concerns, NSW Police have banned all taxi, rideshare and passenger services from entering the CBD.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 61 from 45,670 tests, all locally acquired.
• 389 active cases, 18 in hospital, 8 in ICU, 2 ventilated.
• Of the 61 new locally acquired cases, 48 are linked to known outbreaks and 22 have been in isolation for the entirety of their infectious period, with 39 infectious while in the community.
• Of the current cases, 44% are under the age of 20, with half between 20 and 60. Just 4% are over the age of 60.
• New local cases include detections in the suburbs of Keysborough, Frankston, Mordialloc, Airport West, all the way across to Melton and down to point Cook with 14 linked to a Broadmeadows childcare centre and 17 in Shepparton.
• Tightened Melbourne restrictions for childcare and targeted high-risk industries such as abattoirs, meat processing centres, very large supermarket distribution centres and cool stores.
• Another 16 cases have been detected after the reporting period, all are in Shepparton.
• CHO Brett Sutton says it is likely the virus has spread beyond Shepparton already.
LOCKDOWN ... Regional Victoria is re-entering lockdown.
List of exposure sites. Sites in Shepparton added.

ACT
• 8 new from 6,781 tests, all locally acquired.
• 102 active cases, 2 in hospital, 0 ventilated.
• All 8 new cases linked to other known cases and none were infectious in the community.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 2 new from 11,162 tests, both OS travellers in hotel quarantine.
• 51 active cases, 17 in hospital, 0 in ICU.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 4 active cases, 0 in hospital.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 4,135 tests.
• 2 active cases, 1 in hospital, 0 in ICU.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 5,278 tests.
• 1 active case, 0 in hospital

TASMANIA
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 24 new from 41,464 tests, 21 locally acquired, 3 OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 93 active cases (51 in the community), 5 in hospital.
• Of the 21 new cases, 18 are in Auckland and three are in Wellington.
• Positive cases have been found in five Auckland high schools and two universities.
• Residents are reminded that masks are mandatory inside businesses and services that are still open under the current nationwide lockdown, including supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations.
List of exposure sites.

WORLD
• Britain's coronavirus outbreak continues to grow with the country now averaging more than 31,000 cases per day. Deaths have risen by 14% since last week.
• Israel, which reopened completely after reaching the 80% vaccination mark, has been hit by a resurgence of COVID. The seven day average daily case numbers surged past 6,500 this week.
• Brazil reported 33,887 new cases in the past 24 hours and 870 deaths, bringing the country's pandemic totals to 20,528,099 and 573,51 deaths.
• Sri Lanka announced a nationwide lockdown, bowing to intense pressure from medical experts as coronavirus infections overwhelmed hospitals.
• Vietnam has reported its biggest single day rise in coronavirus infections yet, with 10,657 new confirmed cases.

CORRECTION

Australia wide — 894 new locally acquired cases, 9 new OS acquired cases, 3 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 832 new from 124,610 tests, 825 locally acquired, 7 OS travellers in hotel quarantine, 3 deaths.

AUSTRALIA
• Australia experiences its worst day of the pandemic to date with 825 new local cases in NSW, 61 in Victoria and 8 in the ACT and 3 deaths.

 

NSW Lockdown extended

Greater Sydney's lockdown will be in place until the end of September, at least. 

The premier says Shellharbour and the Central Coast will be removed from the Greater Sydney definition to become rural areas. 

The lockdown in rural and regional NSW is due to end on August 28 but that could be extended depending on case numbers.A decision on that will come next week, the premier said.

 

Australia COVID-19 update 22 August 2021.

Australia wide — 914 new locally acquired cases, 1 new OS acquired case, 3 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES ... another worst day!!
• 830 new from 206,193 tests, all locally acquired, 3 deaths.
• Over 10,000 active cases, 557 in hospital, 97 in ICU, 31 ventilated.
• A man in his 60s died at RPA Hospital (infection acquired Canterbury Hospital), a man in his 70s died at St George Hospital (his infection source) and a woman in her 80s died at Wollongong Hospital.
• There have been 12,217 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 71 deaths.
• Of the 830 new local cases, 67 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 19 in isolation for part of the period, 50 cases were infectious in the community with 694 still under investigation.
• 137 are linked to a known case or cluster (118 household contacts, 19 close contacts), with the source of infection for 694 cases under investigation.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 317 Western Sydney, 237 SW Sydney, 82 Sydney, 70 Nepean Blue Mountains, 47 SE Sydney, 36 Western NSW, 20 Northern Sydney, 2 Far West NSW, 7 Hunter New England, 12 yet to be assigned.
• More than 900 people fined for breaching health orders.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 66 from 44,147 tests, 65 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 440 active cases, 27 in hospital, 12 in ICU, 5 ventilated.
• Health Minister Martin Foley has expressed a concern for a “significant” spike in hospitalisations.
• Of the 65 local cases, 55 are linked to current outbreaks and 10 are under investigation. 16 of today's 65 local cases were announced yesterday and are linked to the Shepparton area.
• Premier urges people to get tested immediately after data shows many were symptomatic for a number of days before getting tested.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 19 new from 3,640 tests, all locally acquired.
• 121 active cases, 2 in hospital, 0 ventilated.
• 17 are linked to known outbreaks and in isolation with 2 under investigation, 6 in the community while infectious.
• A cluster has been identified within Canberra's disability community including 4 disability clients, 7 support workers and 1 trades person.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 0 new from 9,918 tests.
• 39 active cases, 18 in hospital, 1 in ICU.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 4 active cases, 0 in hospital.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 4,502 tests.
• 2 active cases, 0 in hospital

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 3,604 tests.
• 1 active case, 0 in hospital

TASMANIA
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 24 new from 41,464 tests, 21 locally acquired, 3 OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 116 active cases, 6 in hospital.
• Of the 21 new local cases, 18 are in Auckland and 3 in Wellington, bringing the total number infected in the latest outbreak to 72. 32 are linked to known cases with 19 under investigation.
• Several new cases are linked to a church service at the Samoan Assembly of God in Auckland last Sunday plus seven schools are now affected. 
List of exposure sites.

NEW SOUTH WALES

830 new cases ... with the source of infection for 694 cases under investigation.

Seems like the current situation has totally overwhelmed NSW contact tracers to me.

Wonder how many cases will occur on the Gold Coast and in Northern NSW after yesterday's protest at Tweed Heads/Coolangatta?

Australia COVID-19 update 23 August 2021.

Australia wide — 906 new locally acquired cases, 3 new OS acquired cases, 3 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 818 new from 311,083 tests, all locally acquired, 3 deaths.
• Over 10,000 active cases, 586 in hospital, 100 in ICU, 32 ventilated.
• 3 people in 80s have died, a man at Liverpool Hospital (his infection source), a man at Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital (infected at a local aged care facility) and a woman at Campbelltown Hospital.
• There have been 13,022 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 74 deaths.
• Of the 818 new local cases, 47 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 15 in isolation for part of the period, 42 cases were infectious in the community with 714 still under investigation.
• 120 are linked to a known case or cluster (94 household contacts, 26 close contacts), with the source of infection for 698 cases under investigation.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 350 Western Sydney, 237 SW Sydney, 74 Sydney, 56 Nepean Blue Mountains, 35 SE Sydney, 24 Western NSW, 19 Northern Sydney, 3 Far West NSW, 2 Hunter New England, 2 Central Coast, 2 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 14 yet to be assigned an LHD.
• Authorities particularly concerned about the Sydney suburbs of Merrylands, Guildford, Auburn, Greystanes, Greenacre and Bankstown, and Dubbo in regional NSW where there were 14 new cases overnight.
• Police issue 31 infringement notices following an illegal church gathering at a Blacktown church after they found around 60 adults and children inside with the attendees from a number of local government areas of concern, including Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool.
• Curfew from 9:00pm to 5:00am commences for Sydney's 12 LGAs of concern. Exercise in these areas has also been limited to an hour a day.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 71 from 46,446 tests, all locally acquired.
• 492 active cases, 29 in hospital, 9 in ICU, 5 ventilated.
• 21 of the 29 people hospitalised are under the age of 50. Within ICU 1 is in their 20s, 1 in 30s, 5 in 40s, and 2 in 50s. Nobody in ICU has been vaccinated.
• Of the 71 local cases, 49 are linked to known outbreaks and 22 are under investigation. Just 16 of the 71 were in isolation for their entire infectious period.
• Links include 14 Shepparton outbreak, 10 Newport cluster, 8 Broadmeadows MyCenter Childcare, 5 Royal Melbourne Hospital, 12 household contacts of previous cases with 22 mystery cases spread in new suburbs such as Essendon West, Camberwell, Thornbury, Fitzroy North, Maidstone and Sorrento. 
• Victoria's health system under pressure as hundreds of health workers were forced into isolation after an outbreak at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Another 50 are isolating after a positive case went to the Werribee Mercy Hospital and Goulburn Valley Health has also furloughed more than 150 staff in Shepparton plus 23 emergency department staff now furloughed at NE Health Wangaratta after an infected patient presented to the department.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 16 new from 3,740 tests, all locally acquired.
• 137 active cases, 4 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
• 13 are linked to known outbreaks and in isolation with 3 under investigation, 3 were in the community while infectious.
List of exposure sites. Now over 460 locations.

QUEENSLAND
• 2 new from 8,437 tests, 1 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 38 active cases, 20 in hospital, 2 in ICU.
• The locally acquired case is linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and was detected in home quarantine and in isolation for their entire infectious period.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 1 new from 11,485 tests (over 72 hours), an OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 4 active cases, 0 in hospital.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 1 new from 4,571 tests, an OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 3 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 1,400 tests.
• 1 active case, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 3,391 tests (over 72 hours).
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 38 new from 35,766 tests, 35 locally acquired, 3 OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 154 active cases, 8 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
• Of the 35 new local cases, 33 are in Auckland and 2 are in Wellington. Total now 107.
• All of the cases have or are being transferred safely to a managed isolation facility.
• NZ contact tracing system has hit capacity, with more people are being urgently recruited.
• LOCKDOWNS ... nationwide NZ will stay in alert level 4 lockdown until at least midnight on Friday, and Auckland will stay locked down until at least midnight on Tuesday next week. 
List of exposure sites. Over 300 in Auckland, the Coromandel, and Wellington.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The cargo ship Ken Hou has docked at Fremantle Port carrying several crew members possibly infected with COVID. The ship was due to berth in Albany on Saturday, before 16 of its 22 crew reported respiratory problems and elevated temperatures.

WA Health said they would be tested on the dock, similar to the crew of other ships with suspected cases of the virus. Once the test results come back WA Health will decide which crew members go into hotel quarantine and which stay on the ship.

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