Canberra records 21 new cases of covid Friday in lockdown | The Canberra Times

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The ACT has reported 21 new cases of coronavirus by 8pm on Thursday. Of the new cases, 15 are related to known cases. Six people were contagious while in the community. The isolation status of a case is still under investigation. A child under the age of 12 is among 11 people who have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19. The remaining 10 people are adults, including a woman in her 40s who is still in critical condition on intensive care. ACT Health Manager Dr. Kerryn Coleman said the vast majority of people were unvaccinated or had a dose that reflected that most infections in Canberra were in people under 45. Dr. Coleman said two people have recovered from the virus and that there are now 209 active cases. She said there are 15 cases linked to Bright Bees’ early learning center and 46 cases linked to Lyneham High School, a further 34 cases linked to the nightclub Fiction. Nearly 8,000 people were released from quarantine on Friday after entering 14 days ago when territorial lockdown began. There are now 3,500 close contacts and 3,300 random contacts identified. ACT Chief Executive Andrew Barr has announced that click and collection services will be allowed to start for small non-essential retail businesses. The new public health direction will take effect from Friday at 23.59. Retail companies with a maximum of 20 full-time equivalents can conduct contactless pick-up and delivery. There can be no more than two people in the business premises at a time. All other companies that have not been allowed to operate during the lockdown can now have up to two people enter the premises due to emergencies or significant maintenance. Important services, including hardware stores, pet stores and office supplies, must now also move to clicks and collect services. Sir. Barr has also announced that there will be a gradual return to the construction sector from 3 September. Hundreds of exposure sites listed on the ACT Health website have been archived, with 247 sites now listed. Exposure locations are archived when more than 14 days have passed since the exposure date. Mr Barr has predicted, however, that it will take a long time before Canberra returns to life before the outbreak and that small, moderate steps would be taken out of the lockdown. The closure ends on September 2. More to come. READ MORE COVID-19 NEWS: Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, you can subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our regular newsletter. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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