Auslan Update - 13 September, 2021

From yesterday Victoria has recorded 473 new community cases of COVID-19, 202 have so far been linked to known outbreaks.

  • With most new cases over the weekend being found in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, the Government has asked those living and working in the North to be extra vigilant with COVID-19 safety.
  • There are now 3 507 active cases of COVID-19 across the state.

From yesterday NSW has recorded 1 257 new cases of COVID-19.

  • Starting today, in Sydney COVID-19 restrictions will start to ease for people who are fully vaccinated.
  • For people living in Sydney who are not in the 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Concern, people who are fully vaccinated can meet outdoors in groups of up to 5 people.
  • If you do live in LGA of concern and everyone over the age of 16 in your household is fully vaccinated, you are allowed to leave home outdoor recreation time of up to two hours, including picnics, but only with members of your household.
  • You must be able to provide proof of everyone’s vaccination or all people on that outing could be fined.
  • This is the first time in Australia different rules apply to restrictions based on whether or not you are vaccinated.

Today a parliamentary enquiry found that the NSW government waited 2 days to lockdown all of Sydney after health authorities discovered it had not contained an outbreak at a party in Sydney’s South-West back in June.

  • June 21- NSW Health interviewed a positive case who attended the party on June 19 and started responding, making sure all known attendees were placed in isolation.
  • June 24- NSW Health were notified that there had been other attendees that they didn’t know about who were not yet in isolation. They started contacting the new list of amended to isolate, 3 days after other party-goers were contacted.
  • June 25- The state government announced stay-at-home orders, but only for Sydney's city and east.
  • June 26- June 26 the lockdown was extended to Greater Sydney because of the West Hoxton cluster.
  • At least 51 cases have been linked to the super spreader party which has been blamed for the Delta outbreak in Sydney's south-west, with 30 attendees and another 21 of their contacts infected.
  • Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Chief Health Officer Chant have repeatedly refused to say whether Dr Chant had advised that Sydney should lock down sooner.