Canberrans is warned that the number of cases will continue to grow as the state on Tuesday registered 17 new Covid-19 infections.
That brings the total number of cases in the ACT to 45. Of those, the health authorities confirmed that 37 had links to other cases. Eight are under investigation. No one is in the hospital.
More than 7,500 people are now in home quarantine across Canberra, and the list of venues has increased to 80 venues.
There are now more than 6,500 known contacts with confirmed contacts.
Prime Minister Andrew Barr warned that the next few days would be “critical” for the ACT.
“The point of lockdown and the success of lockdown is very much dependent on what happens over the next few days. This is a really critical time … it’s not the time to ease the restrictions, ”he said.
ACT Policing will be convened to help companies crack down on compliance after authorities identify “pressure points” in retail spaces.
“By changing our public health guidelines, we require companies to take all reasonable steps to ensure that everyone who enters their business gets what they need and leaves immediately,” Barr said.
“ACT Police will actively enforce this in partnership with companies.”
Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerryn Coleman said investigations into how Covid-19 reached Canberra were underway.
“I sometimes think in these cases that it is difficult to find the exact source of an outbreak,” said Dr. Coleman.
“We continue to investigate the group of first cases that were identified to see if we can identify any of the connections that arise there.
“My public health priority on that issue is to ensure that we have not missed any potential transmission chains.
“I think we are doing very well in identifying where all our cases are coming from.”
Dr. Coleman also warned that the list of exposure sites would soon reach 100 sites.
“As I monitor NSW locations and Victoria locations, I was hoping we would never be in that position, but we will reach 100 locations, probably tomorrow or the next day,” she said.
Barr also announced an extension of a business support program.
It will provide $ 10,000 for business employment and $ 4,000 for non-employment businesses.
“In addition to business and individual household support, we will also make additional resources available in partnership with the community sector to support the most vulnerable in Canberra,” Barr said.
That comes after Canberra’s lockdown was extended by two extra weeks on Monday.
With the two-week extension, ACT’s lockdown is now set to end on September 2 instead of August 19.