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NSW COVID restrictions: What are the rules across the state?

By Jamie Berry and Andrew Taylor

NSW entered a snap statewide lockdown at 5pm on Saturday after recording 466 new cases of COVID-19, which continues to spread across the regions.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to say the stay-at-home orders would be introduced for all of regional NSW to “minimise movement and protect our communities from the evolving COVID situation in Sydney”.

Mr Barilaro used an online call on Saturday afternoon to tell regional NSW MPs that the entire state would be in lockdown for at least seven days, an MP unauthorised to speak on the issue told the Herald.

So with more than 8 million people now in lockdown for a week, what does it all mean?

Click here to read the story.

Richmond, Caroline Springs have new entries on exposure list

By Roy Ward

The Jolly Miller Cafe at CS Square in Caroline Springs has two tier one entries in the Victorian exposure site list on Saturday night.

Anyone who attended the cafe on August 6 from 7am to 4.30pm and August 7 from 8am to 11am needs to get a COVID-19 test and quarantine for 14 days.

Goodstart Early Learning in Richmond also has two entries on the list as a tier two exposure site.

Anyone who attended the centre on August 5 from 5.15pm to 5.50pm and August 12 from 4.30pm to 5pm needs to get a COVID-19 test and isolate until receiving a negative result.

Click here to check the updating exposure list.

Richmond

Goodstart Early Learning Richmond

319 Church Street Richmond VIC 3121

05/08/2021 5:15pm – 5:50pm

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result Anyone who has visited this location during these times should urgently get tested, then isolate until confirmation of a negative result. Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

Richmond

Goodstart Early Learning Richmond

319 Church Street Richmond VIC 3121

12/08/2021 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result Anyone who has visited this location during these times should urgently get tested, then isolate until confirmation of a negative result. Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

Caroline Springs

The Jolly Miller Cafe – CS Square

Shop L01 68/69, CS Square, 29-35 Lake Street Caroline Springs VIC 3023

06/08/2021 7:00am – 4:30pm

Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure Anyone who has visited this location during these times must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure.

Caroline Springs

The Jolly Miller Cafe – CS Square

Shop L01 68/69, CS Square, 29-35 Lake Street Caroline Springs VIC 3023

07/08/2021 8:00am – 11:00am

Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.

‘Can you please do your job?’: Births, Deaths and Marriages registry complaints jump

By Rachael Dexter

There’s one key problem stopping Will Richardson from moving out of home, getting a new job and getting on with his adult life – the 19-year-old can’t get a copy of his birth certificate.

For over a year the university student from Wallan has been waiting for the document from the Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages registry. The taxpayer-funded office shut its doors and closed its phone lines to the public in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Will Richardson, 19, and his mother, Charlotte Robinson, have been trying to get a replacement birth certificate for him for over a year.

Will Richardson, 19, and his mother, Charlotte Robinson, have been trying to get a replacement birth certificate for him for over a year. Credit:Jason South

Without it, Mr Richardson, who lives with autism, can’t move forward.

Click here to read the story.

Victoria downgrades travel restrictions to south-east Queensland

By Roy Ward

Victoria has downgraded south-east Queensland from a red zone to an orange zone which should make it easier for residents to return to the state.

The state announced on Saturday night it had changed 11 local government areas from red to orange zones which means people who have been in Queensland after 8.01pm on July 31 can travel to Victoria and will only need to get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours and isolate until receiving a negative result.

The 11 LGAs are: City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Regional Council, City of Gold Coast, City of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

The LGA of Cairns and Yarrabah remain red zones.

Click here for more information from the Victorian government. 

Victoria sets new vaccine record but Carlton public housing among wastewater detections

By Roy Ward

Victoria set a new daily record for COVID-19 vaccine doses with 29,490 administered on Friday but concerns remain about more wastewater detections across the state.

Locations in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria showed unexpected wastewater samples in recent days.

Carlton, Glenroy-Broadmeadows, the Sunshine West industrial area, Camberwell and the Truganina-Williams Landing areas in Melbourne all showed positive detections and while some of those suburbs already have COVID-19 cases, the chief health officer’s update on Saturday night said the detections were from parts of those suburbs without cases.

The Carlton wastewater detection was identified as coming from a public housing estate with health officials contacting residents directly and CoHealth setting up onsite testing at the estate.

Lakes Entrance in Victoria’s eastern coast and Shepparton in the north-east both recorded unexpected wastewater detections.

The Shepparton catchment takes in Shepparton, Kialla and small parts of Shepparton North and

Orrvale so anyone who worked or visited those locations from August 9-11 should get a COVID-19 test if they have the slightest of symptoms.

The Lakes Entrance catchment takes in Lakes Entrance, Lake Bunga, Kalimna, Lake Tyres and the Lake Tyres Aboriginal Trust with anyone who lived or worked in those areas from August 8-11 asked to get a COVID-19 test if they have the slightest of symptoms.

Victoria recorded 33,675 test results on Friday but the government has requested the number climb past 40,000 per day to make sure they have the best chance to find all cases.

Queensland tightens border zone with NSW

By Roy Ward

Residents in the New South Wales/Queensland border zone will face more restrictions on travelling into Queensland.

From 8pm tonight NSW residents within the border zone can only enter Queensland for essential services, essential work and to shop for essentials that can’t be reasonably obtained on the NSW side.

A police checkpoint at the Queensland-NSW border late last year.

A police checkpoint at the Queensland-NSW border late last year.Credit:Dan Peled

“Following the announcement of a state-wide lockdown in New South Wales, Queensland is requiring any New South Wales resident who lives anywhere in the border zone to follow the same rules as those required for current lockdown (stay at home) zones,” a Queensland Health update read.

Among the permitted reasons are:

  • attend permitted work or emergency volunteering
  • attend school or childcare – only for children of essential workers. Essential workers can transport their children to attend face to face schooling or to attend a childcare facility
  • provide assistance, care or support to a vulnerable person or family member or visit a terminally ill relative
  • fulfill an obligation relating to shared parenting, child contact or contact between siblings
  • get a COVID-19 test or vaccination
  • in an emergency situation
  • for safety reasons (to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm, including domestic violence)
  • as directed by an emergency officer
  • to follow an exemption you have been granted by the chief health officer

Exercising, attending a wedding or funeral or recreation are no longer reasons for entering Queensland.

Click here for more information from Queensland Heath.

Supermarkets in Malvern, Balaclava on exposure list

Supermarkets in Malvern and Balaclava are among the latest additions to the Victorian exposure sites list.

Coles Malvern, Chemist Warehouse Malvern and Malvern Authorised Newsagency, all on Glenferrie Road, all had positive cases at their shops on August 10 with anyone at those places at the listed times asked to get a COVID-19 test and isolate until receiving a negative test.

Coles Balaclava on Camden Street and Alfred Street has three mentions, all listed as tier two, with a case attending the supermarket on August 7 from 7.15pm to 8.45pm, August 8 from 12pm to 1.30pm and August 11 from 12.15pm to 2pm.

Click here to check the updating list.

Balaclava

Coles Balaclava

Camden Street & Alfred Street Balaclava VIC 3183

07/08/2021 7:15pm – 8:45pm

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result Anyone who has visited this location during these times should urgently get tested, then isolate until confirmation of a negative result. Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

Balaclava

Coles Balaclava

Camden Street & Alfred Street Balaclava VIC 3183

08/08/2021 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result Anyone who has visited this location during these times should urgently get tested, then isolate until confirmation of a negative result. Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

Malvern

Chemist Warehouse Malvern

122-124 Glenferrie Road Malvern VIC 3144

10/08/2021 10:00am – 11:45am

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result Anyone who has visited this location during these times should urgently get tested, then isolate until confirmation of a negative result. Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

Malvern

Malvern Authorised Newsagency

114 Glenferrie Road Malvern VIC 3144

10/08/2021 10:30am – 12:00pm

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result Anyone who has visited this location during these times should urgently get tested, then isolate until confirmation of a negative result. Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

Malvern

Coles Malvern

164-178 Glenferrie Road Malvern VIC 3144

10/08/2021 11:00am – 1:00pm

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result Anyone who has visited this location during these times should urgently get tested, then isolate until confirmation of a negative result. Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

Malvern

Woolworths Malvern

112-114 Wattletree Road Malvern VIC 3144

10/08/2021 11:30am – 1:45pm

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result Anyone who has visited this location during these times should urgently get tested, then isolate until confirmation of a negative result. Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

Balaclava

Coles Balaclava

Camden Street & Alfred Street Balaclava VIC 3183

11/08/2021 12:15pm – 2:00pm

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result

‘Probably about time’: Beachgoers take new restrictions in their stride

By Tim Barlass and Andrew Taylor

In Sydney’s winter sunshine, there’s every reason to be out and about. From paragliders to surfers, dog walkers to people watchers, fresh air and exercise was the name of the game around the city’s beaches on Saturday.

Most beachgoers were ambivalent as news filtered out that restrictions on travel and outdoor activity would be tightened, limiting people’s movement for shopping and exercise to within their local government area or five kilometres from home.

NSW police patrolled Bondi Beach as the government tightened restrictions on Saturday.

NSW police patrolled Bondi Beach as the government tightened restrictions on Saturday.Credit:Steven Siewert

“Oh, [it’s] probably about time,” said Sean Lawrence as he carried his daughter Neve’s surfboard off Mona Vale beach.

“It won’t impact on me any more than it already has. The five-kilometre limit, they should have done it a long time ago. It will stop people travelling around.”

Click here to read the story.

One in 10 COVID-19 patients in UK caught virus in hospital

London: During the first wave of the pandemic, more than one in 10 COVID-19 patients in the UK caught the virus while they were in hospital for other reasons, researchers reported in The Lancet.

The study was based on data from 314 hospitals related to diagnoses that were made before August 2020.

A patient is taken from an ambulance at St Thomas’ Hospital in London last year.

A patient is taken from an ambulance at St Thomas’ Hospital in London last year.Credit:Getty Images

The researchers identified patients as having hospital-acquired infections using a combination of their admission date and symptom onset date, and estimates of their infection date based on the known incubation period distribution of SARS-CoV-2.

To incorporate uncertainty in patients’ incubation periods, they imputed infection dates for patients and identified those admitted before infection as having hospital-acquired infections, their report said.

Click here to read the story.

Sites in Broadmeadows, Glenroy added to exposure list

By Roy Ward

Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre and SK Asian Spices in Glenroy have been added to Victoria’s exposure sites list as tier one sites.

Anyone who was at Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre from 5.45pm to 7.15pm on August 5 or anyone at SK Asian Spices at 813 Pascoe Vale Road, Glenroy on August 12 from 5.50pm to 7pm needs to get a COVID-19 test immediately and quarantine for 14 days.

7-Eleven Sandown, 7-Eleven St Kilda Junction and Coles Dandenong Coles have all been listed as tier two sites.

Glenroy

SK Asian Spices – Glenroy

813 Pascoe Vale Road Glenroy VIC 3046

12/08/2021 5:50pm – 7:00pm

Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure Anyone who has visited this location during these times must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure.

Broadmeadows

Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre

41-85 Tanderrum Way Broadmeadows VIC 3047

05/08/2021 5:45pm – 7:15pm

Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure Anyone who has visited this location during these times must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure.

Noble Park

7-Eleven Sandown

585-589 Princes Highway Noble Park VIC 3174

10/08/2021 6:50am – 7:10am

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result Anyone who has visited this location during these times should urgently get tested, then isolate until confirmation of a negative result. Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

St Kilda

7-Eleven St Kilda Junction

19/37 Punt Road St Kilda VIC 3182

10/08/2021 1:30pm – 1:55pm

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result Anyone who has visited this location during these times should urgently get tested, then isolate until confirmation of a negative result. Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

Dandenong

Coles Dandenong

26-36 Princes Highway Dandenong VIC 3175

10/08/2021 7:30pm – 8:26pm

Case attended venue

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result

Police out and about during lockdown

SMH photographer Steven Siewert has been keeping an eye on how Sydneysiders and police are handling this Saturday in lockdown.

NSW police speak to beachgoers during lockdown on Saturday.

NSW police speak to beachgoers during lockdown on Saturday.Credit:Steven Siewert

Police patrol Bondi Beach.

Police patrol Bondi Beach.Credit:Steven Siewert

Police out and about on Saturday.

Police out and about on Saturday.Credit:Steven Siewert

Coogee Beach on Saturday.

Coogee Beach on Saturday.Credit:Steven Siewert

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