Australia Covid live news update: NSW records 452 new cases, Victoria 24; nation on edge as more than 13 million under lockdown

Posted by on August 17, 2021 3:30 am
Categories: Global Stories

Court throws out Victoria lockdown challenge; NSW records 452 local cases; Victoria records 24 cases; Queensland records one case; ACT and parts of NT under lockdown. Follow all the day’s news

8.24am BST

Tasmania is lifting border restrictions with Queensland but much of Australia’s mainland could remain shut out for some time, AAP reports.

The high-risk declarations for south-east Queensland and Cairns will no longer be in place from midnight on Tuesday, the Tasmanian premier, Peter Gutwein, says.

8.13am BST

For those in northern Sydney in lockdown but seeing some smoke outside.

Smoke over northern Sydney this afternoon is from a hazard reduction burn near Maroota on the Hawkesbury. This smoke isn’t expected to affect the Sydney Metro but may affect the Central Coast and northern parts of Greater Sydney near the Hawkesbury:

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