Canberra outbreak continues to grow with ACT registering 52 new Covid cases and 3 deaths

Canberra outbreak continues to grow with ACT registering 52 new Covid cases and 3 deaths

  • A further 52 locally acquired COVID-19 cases have been reported in ACT
  • ACT Health Manager Dr. Kerryn Coleman said 30 cases are linked to existing cases
  • There are 13 Covid patients in the hospital and there are three on respirators in the ICU


A further 52 locally acquired COVID-19 cases have been reported in ACT along with three more deaths.

The area’s total number of cases is now 939, of which 617 have recovered and 319 are active.

ACT Health Manager Dr. Kerryn Coleman says 30 of the new infections can be linked to existing cases. Ten of them were quarantined, the status of 13 is under investigation, and 29 are known to have been in the community for at least part of their infectious period.

Pharmacist Chloe Langfield gives Georgia Meir, 14, her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Cooleman Court Pharmacy in Canberra

Pharmacist Chloe Langfield gives Georgia Meir, 14, her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Cooleman Court Pharmacy in Canberra

Pharmacist Chloe Langfield loads injections of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine into Cooleman Court Pharmacy in Canberra

Pharmacist Chloe Langfield loads injections of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine into Cooleman Court Pharmacy in Canberra

Thirteen COVID-19 patients are in Canberra hospitals. Three of them are on intensive care and all three are currently requiring breathing.

Prime Minister Andrew Barr says plans to end the ACT lockdown as planned in two weeks will depend on Dr. Coleman’s advice.

No one walked away from the obligation to reopen, he said. But he continued to be concerned about the high case numbers and the high numbers that were also recorded in neighboring Queanbeyan.

“Our vaccination rates are a really important way we can protect our community,” he told reporters Saturday.

Nearly 92 percent of ACT residents have now received at least one vaccine dose, while 63 percent have had both stings.

More than 3,240 virus tests were also conducted in ACT on Friday.

Dr. Coleman said Friday that she hoped ACT did not have to deviate from the reopening plan in mid-October.

Residents rarely seen on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra

Residents rarely seen on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra

A further 52 locally acquired COVID-19 cases have been reported in the ACT along with three more deaths (pictured: Canberra Center in Canberra)

A further 52 locally acquired COVID-19 cases have been reported in the ACT along with three more deaths (pictured: Canberra Center in Canberra)

‘All this will play into next week’s discussions. My goal is to leave the options that we have announced going forward, ‘she said.

Barr described Friday’s new case number – also 52 – as a shock and an important reminder that the virus remained active in the community.

‘When we reach higher vaccination rates and we begin to reduce our measures to protect public health further, daily case numbers like this become the norm. We are not at that time yet, he said.

‘I do not want to exclude anything in or out based on a day’s numbers. They are not good. They are not where we want them. But one day is not a trend. ‘

ACT on Friday eased the restrictions a bit, including allowing two visitors into a home.

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