COVID UPDATE - Monday April 19
The global death toll from Covid-19 passed 3 million yesterday. It's a stark reminder of how bad things remain overseas and how well protected we've been in Australia. While vaccines have dramatically reduced the number of new infections and deaths in the US and (most of) Europe, they're growing massively in other places so it's still going to be some time before the world returns to normal.
Here at home, it's now been 256 days since we had a case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England Health District. Quite extraordinary! No community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, but 8 new cases in quarantine among the returned overseas travellers.
There were a further 22,317 vaccinations in NSW over the past week, bringing the State's total so far to 173,852. Hopefully the Federal Government will get its act together soon and get the rollout moving. You can check eligibility criteria here
NSW currently has 76 active cases (all are returned travellers in quarantine). QLD has 25, Victoria has 14, WA has 23, SA has 13 and the NT has 11. The ACT and Tasmania have zero.
Australia's death toll stands at 910, with 56 of those in NSW.