Latest Covid-19 restrictions

 

Updated:  20 October, 2021

 

Total active cases - 27,118

Locally acquired last 24 hours - 828

Overseas acquired last 24 hours - 1

Under investigation last 24 hours - 1,218

Locally acquired last 7 days - 5,614

Overseas acquired last 7 days - 20

Under investigation last 7 days - 10,347

 

SUMMARY

 

The light is at the end of the tunnel, and it looks like it might be sunlight and not a steam train...  

 

After four months, it looks like all areas will be out of lockdown soon.  After the identification of the Delta variant of the Coronavirus in a limousine driver on 16 June (the Bondi Cluster), the pandemic has spread far and wide.  

 

Stay at home orders were issued for areas of Greater Sydney on 3 July, and these spread to affect the whole city, from the Central Coast to the Illawarra/Shellharbour and out to the Blue Mountains.  

 

"Areas of concern" were identified, incurring more stringent restrictions, and questions were asked about who could continue working.  

 

At the zenith of this outbreak, approximately 60% of Australia's population and GDP was from areas affected by lockdowns.  Concerns about further hotspots led to police and military personnel walking the streets to enforce curfews.  

 

Since the pandemic began last year, Australia has recorded 149,398 cases, with 1,577 people unfortunately passing away.   

 

The crisis has driven a strong push for vaccinations, and Australians have responded (though not always voluntarily), and we're now nearing levels of coverage that should see the population protected.   

 

Australia now has 85.5% of the population (17,622,159) over 16 with at least one dose of a vaccine, while 70.0% of the same cohort (14,435,341) is double-vaccinated:  

 

Jurisdiction

1st dose

2nd dose

ACT

>95%

82.8%

NSW

92.5%

82.3%

TAS

85.1%

70.0%

VIC

89.2%

69.3%

SA

77.2%

60.0%

NT

71.7%

59.8%

QLD

73.2%

58.1%

WA

74.3%

57.0%

 

Unfortunately, the restrictions also drove protests, as citizens resented the restrictions on their personal freedoms, and legal challenges have been posed against mandatory vaccinations.  

 

As time goes on, we will no doubt find out what the less reported impacts of the restrictions have been, and how it may have affected the economy, employment, personal relationships, and mental health.   

 

For those affected by the current restrictions, a COVID-19 disaster payment is available to help workers unable to earn income due to public health orders, and the Federal, state, and territory governments have all announced assistance packages for those affected.  

 

And, if you have been struggling, please reach out to services such as Beyond Blue or the Black Dog Institute for help.  

 

Like everyone, we hope that we all return to a state of normality before Christmas, and that we can reunite with friends, family, and colleagues. 

 

Fingers crossed that it happens faster than we anticipated.  

 

Details of the current restrictions in each state and territory are outlined below:  

 

 

 

Please note:  FPA Australia tries to keep these pages as accurate and up-to-date as possible.  However, Coronavirus policy is changing rapidly, so practitioners should check the links to confirm what is required of them.