SA declares a state of emergency, Victoria extends its curfew, and NSW reports 78 new cases.

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South Australia is going into lockdown tonight as Victoria’s lockdown is extended and new cases are reported in numerous Australian states.

NSW recorded 78 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying 21 were infectious while in the community and eight were in isolation for part of their infectious period.

The isolation status of 12 cases remains under investigation.

Some 63,000 tests were done in the past day and they picked up cases in people who were not symptomatic, something the premier said was good news.

However, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said officers yesterday busted an office party after stumbling across a gathering while patrolling George Street in Sydney CBD.

One attendee was found passed out on the floor.

“Seven people in a small office suite. Birthday cake, alcoholic drinks, birthday food, and a person passed out on the floor.

“No evidence of any mask wearing, no good reason to be in that office suite, no good reason to have a party.”

He said seven fines were issued for breaching public health orders.

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Chief health officer Kerry Chant said a woman who died yesterday after contracting Covid-19 was offered care and support beforehand.

“That family were offered care, and were offered transport to alternate facility to support them with their isolation and care,” she said.

“They made the decision to stay at home.”

South Australia

Premier Steven Marshall of South Australia has verified a fifth Covid-19 case in the state, involving a person who dined at The Greek on Halifax on Saturday, at the same time as the outbreak’s first case, while health officials confirmed the epidemic was the Delta strain.

Marshall declared that the state would be placed on lockdown starting at 6 p.m. local time, with just five reasons for residents to leave.

The curfew will be in effect for seven days.

A fourth case was announced earlier this morning, but Marshall said the fifth case – not from among the original family – was “far more worrying”.

He said they were trying to “significantly reduce movement”.

“The reality is, we’re dealing with a different variant than we were this time last year,” he said.

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“This is highly transmissible, we’ve seen this in Victoria. It’s moving extraordinarily quickly and we don’t want this moving across our state.”

The only reasons to leave home would be to care for someone, for essential work, to purchase essential goods such as food, exercise with people from the same household and healthcare – including Covid-19 testing and vaccination.

Exercise must be within 2.5km of home and only for up to 90 minutes per day.

Victoria

Lockdown in Victoria has been extended for another seven days, till midnight on July 27. Any travel requiring red-zone permits would also be temporarily halted, according to Premier Daniel Andrews.

Twelve of the 13 new locally acquired cases in Victoria were linked to ongoing outbreaks, while one was still being investigated. Yesterday, the state received 49,454 test results.

The number of cases, transmission chains, and whether or not all of the cases were linked to current outbreaks, according to Andrews, are the three elements that will determine how long the limitations will stay.

Queensland

Three new cases have been reported in Queensland, with two in hotel quarantine and one new locally acquired case who travelled from Melbourne to Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast on July 13th.

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She visited Sunshine Coast Plaza and Rice Boi at the Mooloolaba wharf on Thursday 15 July after receiving a negative test and having been to a location of interest in Melbourne, then on Friday took a bus from Maroochydore station to Landsborough, then a train to Eagle Junction in Brisbane.

The woman had been properly vaccinated, but would have the Delta variant, according to Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young.

– ABC

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