20 August 2021

COVID-19 update 20 August 2021

WA Health is reporting one new COVID-19 case today.

The man, in his 20s, arrived from overseas and is in hotel quarantine.

The State’s total is now 1063. To date, 1050 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

WA Health is monitoring four active COVID-19 cases, all currently in hotel quarantine.

Testing clinics

A list of all testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website. To date, there have been 1,606,993 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 191,491 were from regional WA*.


Since vaccination numbers were reported yesterday, 28,249 vaccine doses were recorded in WA, of which 14,215 were second doses. The total includes 4887 historic vaccine doses**. These figures represent vaccinations at State-run clinics and doses administered through the Commonwealth rollout***.

This week, the vaccination program was opened to Western Australians aged 16 to 29 years old and more than 86,000 people in this age group have now registered and booked a COVID vaccination appointment at State-run clinics.

People in this cohort can book their vaccination by visiting rollup.wa.gov.au, create a profile and then make an appointment.

For the latest WA vaccination figures, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus: Vaccination dashboard (external site).***

Border controls

New Zealand update

Based on the latest health advice, New Zealand transitioned to a ‘low risk’ jurisdiction under Western Australia’s controlled border, effective from 12pm Wednesday, 18 August.

Anyone who has entered WA from New Zealand is subject to the following strict conditions. They must: 

  • present for a COVID-19 test on arrival (within 48 hours) and on day 12.
  • self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises.
  • complete a G2G Pass declaration prior to arrival, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions they have been in during the previous 14 days.
  • land arrivals are to be met at the border checkpoint for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to their self-quarantine premises.

It is important that recent travellers from New Zealand familiarise themselves with the latest exposure sites (external site), as contact tracing continues to uncover more locations of concern.

Northern Territory

All passengers arriving into Western Australia from Northern Territory are required to get tested immediately (within 48 hours) and isolate until they have received a negative result.

Any passenger who refuses to get tested will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Anyone who has been at the listed NT exposure venues on the dates and time specified are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested immediately (within 48 hours) and again at day 11.

Anyone from the Darwin and Katherine areas who did not visit the venues and has arrived from August 12 to 16 is advised to get tested if they develop any symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.

WA has transitioned New South Wales to high risk. The Australian Capital Territory and Queensland are at medium risk (external site), while South Australia is assessed as low risk (external site). Tasmania is considered very low risk (external site).


To date, 126 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 57 Delta strain.

Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19. 

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*Daily swab numbers not available today.

**Historic vaccine doses are vaccinations that were administered up to 10 days before the current date but were recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register since the last report.

***WA vaccination data for the WA COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard is sourced from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). AIR is a national register maintained by the Australian Government that records all vaccines given to all people in Australia. WA data includes all COVID-19 vaccinations in WA, whether administered by WA Health, Australian Government providers or other providers (including GPs). WA previously reported only WA Health data. Note that the dashboard does not update until after 2pm Monday to Friday. A vaccine dashboard data interpretation guide (external site) is also available to help you.