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NSW has recorded another 825 new local cases

It’s the highest number ever recorded by an Australian jurisdiction in a 24-hour period.

Only 149 were linked to known cases or clusters.

The isolation status of 637 cases remains under investigation, while 58 were infectious in the community.

Three people have also died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths during the state’s Delta outbreak to 68.

All of Victoria is now in lockdown 

Regional Victoria has gone into lockdown in response to a growing number of cases emerging in Shepparton.

Victoria has recorded 61 new cases of COVID-19, including a number of cases in Shepparton already announced yesterday.

The Health Department said an additional 16 cases were recorded on a rapid PCR testing platform and would be reported in tomorrow’s numbers.

Several new exposure sites in Shepparton were listed on the health department’s website last night, including a 24-hour gym.

Childcare centres will also be restricted to essential workers after a number of cases at centres over the past week, including 27 cases at the MyCentre Child Care venue at Broadmeadows in just two days.

Queensland introduces vaccine rules on border

No new locally acquired cases were recorded in Queensland overnight, although there were two cases in hotel quarantine.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young is encouraging Queenslanders aged 16 years or older to come forward to receive their vaccine.

A “no jab, no entry” rule has now taken effect for essential border zone workers wanting to come into Queensland. 

Only border zone workers who health authorities consider “genuinely necessary” to the function of Queensland are allowed in.

They will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or they will be sent back by police.

Those who apply for exemptions will have their circumstances closely assessed by a relevant government department.

ACT Government says restrictions appear to be working 

The ACT has recorded eight new COVID-19 cases in the past day, all of which are linked to existing infections.

More than a week into Canberra’s lockdown, none of the new cases were infectious while they were in the community.

The ACT now has 102 active cases of the disease.

Of these, 100 are now linked to known cases or coronavirus exposure sites.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said this morning the city’s restrictions appeared to be working, but warned of ongoing risks.

“The lockdown has significantly reduced the risk around exposure sites, but there will be some,” he said.

NT declares all of Victoria a COVID hotspot

A spokesperson for the Northern Territory Chief Minister says the entire state of Victoria will be declared a COVID hotspot.

Greater Melbourne has been a declared hotpot since August 5 and Greater Shepparton became a hotspot on Friday.

But as the number of new infections continue to rise, the NT government has made the decision to place all of Victoria under the border restriction.

The NT recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

Western Australia records zero new cases

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Western Australia on Saturday.

WA Health said there were four active cases in the state, while 1339 people were tested in state-run clinics on Friday.

New Zealand records 21 new cases as Delta variant spreads across the country

There were 21 new locally acquired cases announced in New Zealand on Saturday. 

Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay said 18 of the new cases were detected in Auckland and three were in Wellington, the capital.

The new infections brought the total number of coronavirus cases in New Zealand to 51, she said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the additional cases were unsurprising given the infectiousness of the Delta variant.

She said cases could be expected to increase into next week.

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