Covid 19 Australia: 8 deaths including one teenager, snap lockdown for Darwin and Katherine

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Publish Date
Mon, 16 Aug 2021, 2:16PM
Northern Territory (Photo / 123RF)
Northern Territory (Photo / 123RF)

Covid 19 Australia: 8 deaths including one teenager, snap lockdown for Darwin and Katherine

Author
Newstalk ZB/news.com.au,
Publish Date
Mon, 16 Aug 2021, 2:16PM

New South Wales

New South Wales has recorded 478 new local cases of Covid-19.

Of the new cases, 141 are linked to known outbreaks and the source of infection for 337 cases is under investigation. There have been 8,218 cases reported since the outbreak began in mid-June.

Yesterday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the Delta strain was "not possible to eliminate completely." And that the best way to live freely and safely was to "get the case numbers down as low as possible."

The Australian state's also had seven deaths - and one additional death in a Covid-positive teenager.

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says the 15-year-old died at Sydney Children's Hospital.

She confirmed the boy died of pneumoccocal meningitis and was also Covid-positive.

 

Snap Lockdown for Darwin and Katherine

Parts of the Northern Territory are heading into a snap-three day lockdown.

One new local case has prompted Darwin and the Katherine region to go into lockdown from midday local time.

The case was a man in his 30's had been in hotel quarantine in Sydney after flying in from overseas, then flown from Canberra to Darwin on Thursday evening.

It's the second lockdown in three months for many in the Northern Territory. Alice Springs and Greater Darwin was sent into lockdown in June after a number of workers at the Tanami mine tested positive to the virus.

 

Victoria and Queensland

Victoria's recorded 22 new local cases today and Queensland none.