Lockdown in Canberra extends for a MONTH as ACT registers 22 new Covid cases – and the HIGHEST vaccination rate in the country
The ACT extended the area’s lockdown for another four weeks after 22 new coronavirus cases were registered on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirmed the extension of current restrictions in his daily Covid press conference after 13 of the new cases were contagious in the community.
There are 8 new transfers unrelated to previous cases with 10 people hospitalized, including two in the ICU.
The shutdown will last until October 15 after an initial seven-day shutdown was introduced on August 12.
Police are checking cars at the New South Wales-ACT border after the area extended the current lockdown for a further four weeks on Tuesday
Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirmed the extension of current restrictions in his daily Covid press conference after 13 of the new cases were contagious in the community
Mr Barr said the priority now is to vaccinate as many residents as possible, with half of the population currently fully vaccinated.
As the nation reaches the vaccination thresholds set out in the national plan to transition Australia’s COVID-19 response, we will be able to support the gradual easing of restrictions in the ACT,” he said Tuesday morning.
“Based on current vaccination trajectories, the country is expected to reach 70 percent and 80 percent effective vaccination milestones by mid-October and early to mid-November.
“This is driven by the strong vaccination program in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT, which together make up 60 per cent of the national population.”
He said the goal is to get the area “as close to zero cases” as possible, but said the threat of cases coming from NSW was constant.
“New South Wales has been problematic for the nation throughout this process and they are incredibly problematic for the ACT as we are a jurisdiction that is entirely in that state,” Barr said.
“We are seeing an incursion of the virus outside the Greater Sydney region. So I’ve said this from this stage, probably a dozen times in the last 30 gigs, that we’ve been in danger from New South Wales.
“We are at risk from New South Wales and we continue to be at risk from New South Wales.”