COVID news near me: Tighter border restrictions imposed as SA, NSW and Victoria closed down

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Countries and territories are once again tightening their borders, with South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria grappling with outbreaks separately.

Here’s what’s happening to COVID-19 across Australia.

We’ll update this story throughout the day as case numbers are released and hear from health officials (so don’t worry if you can’t see your state or territory yet).

New South Wales:

A nursing home in southern Sydney will remain closed for the next two weeks, after a nurse tested positive for COVID-19.

An employee from the nursing home at The Palms Aged Care was diagnosed with the virus Tuesday night, leading to the facility’s closure.

it comes More places have been added to the growing list of COVID exposure locations, including a supermarket in southwest Sydney.

You can find the full list of exposure sites on the NSW Health website.

Press Conference: 11:00 am and

Case numbers: To be announced

South Australia:

South Australians are urged to prepare for more COVID-19 cases today, After six more injuries were reported late yesterday.

Health authorities said five cases were at the Tenavit Creek winery in Yatalonga, north of Adelaide, which was visited by a person infected with the coronavirus on Sunday afternoon.

Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicolas Spurrier said: “I would say that both the Greek in Halifax and this winery are examples of super-spreading events and yes, it is very dangerous.”

You can find the full list of exposure sites on the SA Health website.

Press Conference: 11:00 AM EST (11:30 AM EST)

Case numbers: To be announced

Victoria:

Victoria recorded 26 new local cases of coronavirus, the highest daily number this year.

All new cases are linked to known outbreaks, and 24 of the 26 cases have been in quarantine for the entire period of infection.

There are now over 380 exposure locations across Victoria, with new ones added late last night.

Sunbury Medical Clinic and Mildura Café are among the new Level 1 locations.

New locations have also been added in Craigieburn, Caulfield North, Kew, Bentleigh, Northcote, Narre Warren North and Roxburgh Park.

You can stay up to date with places of interest here.

Press Conference: To be announced

Case numbers: 26 locally acquired cases, 2 cases acquired abroad

Queensland:

Queensland closed its borders with South Australia and parts of New South Wales overnight due to the worsening COVID situation.

Only returning Queenslanders are allowed to enter the state from South Australia and the NSW local government areas of Orange, Blainee and Capone.

Border sign at Cameron's Corner in the remote state of Queensland from South Australia.
Queensland closed its borders with South Australia and parts of New South Wales overnight.(

ABC News: Donna Thorne

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The restrictions went into effect at 1:00 a.m. after hotspot announcements were released earlier in the week.

Queenslanders are again urged to reconsider interstate travel.

Press Conference: 10:30 AM EST

Case numbers: To be announced

In other news…

The federal government has been urged to Securing supplies of COVID treatment drugs amid fears Australia could be left at the back of the waiting list As the world’s focus shifts from vaccines to drugs to treat disease.

Experts say that as Australia moves towards a future where COVID is always present in society, there is an urgent need for drugs to treat the mildest and most contagious cases.

Making news too:

  • Coronavirus infections in Tokyo rose to their highest level in six months, as the Olympic host city recorded 1,832 new cases just two days before the Games opened.
  • Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • During the first 14 months of the pandemic, an estimated 1.5 million children worldwide witnessed the death of a parent, custodial grandparent, or relative who cared for them, as a result of COVID-19 According to a new study.

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