Canberra Covid cases rise to 32 with more than half of residents contagious while in community
- Canberra registers 32 new Covid cases on Saturday, 19 contagious in the community
- 24 infections were linked to ACT exposure sites or identified close contacts
- 10 people hospitalized with Covid with youngest patient under 16
- More than 2,500 Covid-19 tests were conducted in the ACT on Friday
The ACT has registered 32 new cases in its latest reporting period, at least 19 of which are contagious in the community.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said 24 of the new cases are related to current exposure sites or identified close contacts, with only eight quarantined while contagious.
Mr Barr said “the most worrying element for us right now” is the number of people who were contagious in public.
Canberra registered 32 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, 19 of which were contagious in the community
Ten people are in hospital in Canberra, two in intensive care and one on a ventilator.
“Our thoughts and love go out to those families who have loved ones in intensive care. It has to be extremely, extremely difficult,” said Mr Barr.
The youngest person in hospital with COVID is under 16 years old.
More than 2,500 people were tested on Friday with some pop-up clinics closing on Saturday due to inclement weather.
The prime minister again urged people to get vaccinated and told reporters he expects 70 percent of Canberrans to have received their first dose by Sunday.
Mr Barr expects Canberra to deliver approximately 65,000 Pfizer vaccines as part of Australia’s four million dose swap with the UK.
More than 2,500 Covid tests were conducted on Friday, but some pop-up clinics will have to close on Saturday due to inclement weather
The nation’s capital will receive about a week and a half worth of Pfizer shots under the deal.
Students of the 12th grade and their teachers will also be given priority with the vaccines from Monday before the exams.
This stems from more than 8,000 doses allocated to the ACT as part of a separate and smaller federal vaccine swap with Singapore.
Other early childhood educators in Canberra will be able to book Pfizer shots in the coming weeks.
With the additional new cases, the number of active infections in the country’s capital stands at 287.
Barr is optimistic that the area’s vaccination rate will exceed 90 percent.
Given the scale of NSW’s outbreak, he calls the comments ‘madness’ about reopening the country once 70 percent of adults are fully vaccinated.