Chief Minister Barr announced that Canberra recorded 7 news COVID-19 cases. 2 were in quarantine for their entire infectious period.

Those aged 12 to 15 years of age are now able to book their vaccine through the AIS Mass Vaccination clinic. Chief Minister Barr did flag that it may be quicker for those in this cohort to get vaccinated through their GP.

401 cases have now recovered from the virus since the second outbreak. There are now 224 active cases in the ACT.

Announced at the press conference Chief Minister Barr flagged that the easing of restrictions will be announced well in advance of them being implemented and he would expect to ease from mid-October onwards with the focus on outdoor activities. Chief Minister Barr stated that there would be a staggered approach similar to last year, with venue size limits and ease of return to work.

Tomorrow the Chief Minister will announce Government support for further mental health initiatives.

Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan also spoke at the press conference and wanted to remind Canberrans that all reserves to the west of Canberra are closed and are not open to the public. The Deputy Commissioner wanted to reinforce Canberrans to abide by the signs shown in these areas.

Today’s Summary:

  • 7 new cases
  • 5 hospitalised
  • 2 in ICU with one on a ventilator
  • 2,819 negative tests in last 24 hours
  • More than 300 current exposure sites
  • 224 active cases in the ACT

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