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The ACT has registered 52 new COVID-19 cases.
At least 29 of the new cases were contagious in the community.
There are currently 13 people in hospital with the virus.
Three people are in intensive care and need a ventilator.
Today’s number of cases equals the highest daily number of COVID-19 cases in the area since the start of the pandemic.
Yesterday, 3,241 tests were conducted across the ACT.
ACT chief Andrew Barr confirmed today that 63 percent of the population in the ACT is now fully vaccinated, and 92 percent are receiving their first dose of the vaccine.
Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerryn Coleman confirmed there are two positive cases at the Canberra hospital.
One was a positive case working in ward 12B of the hospital, and the other will be included in tomorrow’s numbers.
dr. Coleman said she hoped there would be no further spread of the worker at the hospital.
“All indications are that they were wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and we hope there will be no further spread of it, but we are working on it,” she said.
‘I’d rather the case numbers were in the teens’: Barr
Mr Barr said vaccination remains an important part of the ACT’s future roadmap.
“Our vaccination coverage is a very important way to protect the community,” he said.
But he said the government would focus in the coming weeks on the impact of the increased number of cases on the health system, with the system already experiencing “significant demand” from regional New South Wales.
Mr Barr said that despite today’s case numbers, the government is not considering any changes to the roadmap.
“I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to get the impression today that we’re talking about stepping away from everything we’re committed to right now,” he said.
“But we are of course monitoring the situation closely.
“I’d rather the number of cases were in the teens, not 50…but what we’ve seen from these cases is that we know where they contracted the virus to a large extent.”
The Chief Minister confirmed today that the “less restricted travel in our region” referenced in the ACT roadmap as of October 29, refers to the regions surrounding the ACT.
Exactly what that will look like remains to be seen.
Mr Barr said it would depend on the COVID-19 situation in regional NSW and whether NSW would allow Canberrans to travel.
“We hope by then the region will have a greater number of postcodes than the permanent exemptions we have now. Broadly speaking, we would be talking about probably within 100-150 kilometers of Canberra,” he said.
“By November, I expect the number of zip codes to increase to include a wider range of areas, for example places like Goulburn or Braidwood, which are currently out of the schemes.”
More to come.
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