ACT Health authorities have revealed the Delta strain of the COVID-19 virus has crossed into the ACT at least 10 times since Canberra’s first case in more than a year was detected back on 12 August, triggering the reintroduction of lockdown orders in the Territory.

Since then, 641 cases of the virus have now been recorded within the ACT.

At least two of the introductions have resulted in ‘significant’ community transmission in Canberra, with the others detected through interstate quarantine arrangements.

However, Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman remains concerned about future introductions as other states deal with ongoing outbreaks of their own.

“As these introductions continue to occur it will actually be harder for us to determine between ACT community transmission and introductions from other jurisdictions.”

“This just reemphasises the position that we just need to keep going until we get to our vaccination goals.”

Of the 641 cases of the virus recorded in the ACT during this outbreak, authorities remain unable to find the original source of at least 77 of the cases.

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“This is up from 50 cases at the same time last week.” Dr Coleman said.

The revelations came during Tuesday’s COVID press conference where the Chief Health Officer provided a detailed overview of the Territory’s outbreak so far.

The impact of the virus on Canberra’s kids was also revealed, with Children making up 31% of the total number of infections recorded in the ACT so far.

During the outbreak a total of 9 children with the virus have been hospitalised in Canberra with 6 of those under the age of 12.

Since the ACT’s outbreak began, there’s been an average of 122 cases recorded each week with our highest single day of new infections coming on Saturday 4 September when 32 new cases were detected.

A total of 27 different clusters have been identified in the Territory since the first case was reported, with the average number of cases associated to each now sitting at 13.

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The number of people who are unknowingly infectious in the community also remains a concern for local health authorities.

On average, 40% of the ACT’s positive infections have waited two days after developing symptoms before going to get a test.

More worryingly, 10% so far have been found to have waited five or more days after first developing symptoms.

“Please get tested immediately if you have symptoms.”

“Don’t move around in the community, don’t think you’ll go an do your shopping for the week before you go and get a test.”

 

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Tuesday’s Covid Wrap:

  • 16 new cases
  • 9 are linked to previous cases, 11 were in the community
  • 10 people are in hospital, 2 are in ICU and ventilator
  • 54.8% double dose vaccination rate
  • 2,120 tests carried out
  • 227 Active cases in the ACT
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