ACT Records 13 New COVID-19 Cases As Chief Minister Says Interstate Travel Still A Time For Canberrans

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ACT has registered 13 new cases of COVID-19, at least seven of which spent part of their infectious period in the community.

Of the new cases announced today, 11 are linked to a known case or group, two of which are still under investigation.

There are eight people hospitalized with the virus, including three in intensive care requiring ventilation.

There are currently 243 active cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

ACT yesterday recorded its first death associated with the outbreak of Delta – a man in the ’90s who received end-of-life care at Calvary Haydon senior care facility.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr also announced yesterday a roadmap for the lockdown of the territory, with some restrictions to be eased from this Friday.

But Chief Medical Officer of Health Kerryn Coleman said easing restrictions meant testing was even more important.

“As we plan to relax our restrictions for the immediate future at least, it will be more important than ever that people are diligent in checking exposure sites daily, that they are aware of the symptoms and that they show up for tests, ”Dr. Coleman said.

“Our analysis shows an increase in the number of people waiting five or more days after showing symptoms to get tested.

Canberrans will have to wait a little longer for interstate travel

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said travel between ACT and COVID-free states is unlikely at this time.(

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Mr Barr said that despite the announcement of an ACT lockdown roadmap, the Canberrans would have to wait for the majority of interstate travel to resume.

“As ACT remains a COVID-19 hotspot identified by the Commonwealth government and all other states and territories, there are strict requirements for you if you are traveling outside of ACT,” he said. declared.

“Pending agreements with ACT and the NSW border communities will remain in place to allow these residents to travel to ACT, this will continue beyond October 1.”

Mr Barr said “in time” that ACT, New South Wales and Victoria would have joint travel arrangements.

“The three jurisdictions are on slightly different paths out of the lockdown, reflecting the different circumstances in each jurisdiction,” Barr said.

“I don’t think there will be a different set of arrangements with Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania or South Australia that will apply to distinguish residents of the ACT residents of New South Wales, and possibly even Victorian residents.

Homework should continue as much as possible

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Andrew Barr says the Canberrans working from home shouldn’t expect to return to the office when the lockdown ends.(

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The chief minister also signaled that while some workers may return to the office from October 15, many should consider continuing to work from home.

“In October, the preference is if you can work from home, you still have to work from home,” Barr said.

“In November and December there is clearly a further easing of restrictions at these times and that is when you would expect a higher level of work density.”

Barr said ACT government staff would continue to work from home, and he recommended the private sector do the same.

“This will certainly be the ACT government’s position with respect to our own staff, and I would encourage the private sector to continue working from home.”

Commonwealth “important and welcome” trade support: Barr

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Chief Minister Andrew Barr has said he hopes to continue supporting grants beyond the ACT lockdown.(

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Mr Barr also announced that the ACT government is in talks with the Commonwealth to further support businesses affected by the lockdown.

“We continue to negotiate a package of additional financial support for what has impacted ACT’s businesses, and we are undertaking this negotiation directly with Commonwealth Treasurer Josh Frydenberg,” the Chief Minister said.

“This includes businesses in the hospitality, tourism, arts, events and personal services industries. It may also include other more specialized industrial sectors. “

Mr Barr said he hopes funding will continue after the ACT lockdown ends, as many workers and business owners will still struggle financially.

“In addition to grants funded jointly with the Commonwealth, the ACT government will continue to support affected businesses, beyond the lockdown ends on October 15,” Barr said.

“I have called on the Commonwealth to urgently inform communities not only here in ACT, but also in NSW and Victoria, on the future of this payment during the transition out of lockdown in each. jurisdictions.

“This is a Commonwealth payment – a very important and welcome Commonwealth payment – but needs to be clarified beyond the point where [businesses are] Locked.

No new cases linked to Watson, Calvary Haydon, Canberra hospital

Dr Coleman said a contextual testing site in Watson over the weekend had not resulted in more positive cases and that adoption by residents had been encouraging.

The pop-up testing facility was erected after a high number of unrelated COVID-19 cases were detected in the suburbs.

“We’re probably in the same position as a few days ago when we talked about it, I don’t think the pop-up gave us any other reason to worry, but we will continue to monitor this,” a- she declared. .

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A contextual testing facility in Watson has so far seen no new cases related to the suburbs.(

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ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith also confirmed that none of the cases announced today were linked to the Calvary Haydon senior care facility or the hospital’s surgical ward. from Canberra.

But she said the incubation period was not yet over for either site.

“We have a 10-14 day incubation period where we could continue to expect to see positive cases after that… so it’s possible we may have more cases,” Ms. Stephen-Smith said.

But Ms Stephen-Smith said ACT was in a strong position to start reopening in mid-October.

“[We] have higher vaccination rates than virtually any other jurisdiction in the world as they have opened up, ”she said.

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