Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirmed the extension of the current restrictions in his daily Covid press conference after 13 of the new cases were infectious in the community.
There are 8 new tranmissions unlinked to previous cases with 10 people in hospital including two in ICU.
The lockdown will extend until October 15 after an initial seven-day lockdown was brought in on August 12.
Police check cars on the New South Wales-ACT border after the territory extended its current lockdown by a further four weeks on Tuesday
Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirmed the extension of the current restrictions in his daily Covid press conference after 13 of the new cases were infectious in the community
Mr Barr said the priority now is to vaccine as many residents as possible, with half the population currently fully vaccinated.
‘As the nation reaches the vaccination thresholds outlined in the national plan to transition Australia’s COVID-19 response, we will be in a position to support the gradual easing of restrictions in the ACT,’ he said Tuesday morning.
‘Based on the current vaccination trajectories, the nation is anticipated to reach 70 per cent and 80 per cent effective vaccination milestones in mid-October and early to mid-November.
‘This will be driven by the strong vaccination program in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT which, combined, comprise 60 per cent of the national population.’
The Chief Minister said the start are recording mystery cases because essential workers in the community unaware of their condition, proving Canberra is not an ‘elite white-collar public sector city’.
‘Many people are essential workers who don’t know that they are infectious in the community until they develop symptoms which is often three or four days after they have been infectious in the community,’ Mr Barr said.
‘We have also experienced through our outbreak the virus spreading into many vulnerable communities. This is the same experience that New South Wales and Victoria have had in their outbreaks.
‘It proves once and for all that Canberra is not some elite white-collar public sector city, that it is very diverse and has people from all backgrounds and all socioeconomic status, and so there has been the same sorts of challenges in our jurisdiction in terms of where the virus has spread as has been experienced in Sydney and Melbourne.’
Mr Barr said the goal is to get the territory ‘as close to zero cases as possible’ but said the threat of cases coming from NSW was constant
‘New South Wales have been problematic for the nation throughout this process and they’re incredibly problematic for the ACT given we are a jurisdiction sitting wholly within that state’
He said the goal is to get the territory ‘as close to zero cases as possible’ but said the threat of cases coming from NSW was constant.
‘New South Wales have been problematic for the nation throughout this process and they’re incredibly problematic for the ACT given we are a jurisdiction sitting wholly within that state,’ Mr Barr said.
‘We are seeing incursion of the virus outside of the Greater Sydney area. So, I have said this from this podium, probably a dozen times over the last 30 appearances, that we have been at risk from New South Wales.
‘We are at risk from New South Wales and we will continue to be at risk from New South Wales.’
The ACT Chief Minister said the ‘nation-leading vaccination rates’ in the ACT will allow them to get ontop of the virus once they go above the 70 per cent threshold.