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The ACT equaled the record high for new daily COVID-19 cases, recording 52 more cases in the 24 hours as of 8 p.m. Friday. Thirty are linked and the other 22 are under investigation. Ten of those infected were in quarantine for the duration of the infection, and at least 29 were contagious in the community. Thirteen people are in hospital, three of whom are in intensive care and need ventilation. ACT Premier Andrew Barr said September was a very difficult month for Canberra. “But the signs are that there is a very strong vaccination program in place by the end of October and going into November … and then in the summer there will be better times ahead for our city,” he said. “There will be more opportunity for family and friends to be reunited and for more people to go back to work.” But we have the next four weeks of intensive vaccination to make that safer period in late spring and summer. our city. “Mr. Barr said there has been no change in the roadmap for removing restrictions in the coming weeks. The ACT government and health authorities will over the coming days review the recent increase in cases and provide an update on Tuesday, but Mr. Barr said the Territory’s high vaccination rates were an encouraging sign. Read more : Mr. Barr said he did not want to give the impression that the ACT was about to move away from the planned easing of restrictions, but that authorities were closely monitoring the situation. “Vaccination rates are really an important way in which we can protect the community. As always, we will take advice from [chief health officer] Dr [Kerryn] About the burden of the case, Coleman and the epidemiologists said, “We’re also very aware of the impacts across our health system. And the other factor that’s been there all along, is what’s happening on the other side of the border. I think Queanbeyan had quite a number of issues again today and we have [large number of cases from regional NSW]. “…I’d prefer the case numbers to be in the teens, not the 50s, but what we’ve seen from these cases is that we know where the virus is, in large parts, and it’s a continuation of a pattern that we’ve seen during this wave of cases in the ACT, once someone is infected With the virus, they bring it home with them and they infect pretty much everyone at home.” He didn’t want the numbers to go from the 50s to the 100s, but “that’s in the hands of the Canberrans.” “I would tell people not to take risks on the long weekend and not to take risks for the next two weeks,” he said. He noted a shift in the ACT’s vaccination program on Friday. “There were more second doses of the vaccine delivered than the first through ACT government clinics,” he said. “We are now at the stage where 63 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, and we have approximately 92 percent of the population eligible for the first dose of the vaccine,” he said. Read more: Mr. Barr has again appealed to those who have not yet booked a vaccination to do so as soon as possible. “There are appointments available over the coming days, over this long weekend and next week. So please put your name on one of those reservations,” he said. 3,241 tests were conducted on Friday, and Barr said that was a good level. Saturday’s numbers track the two deaths and what was then a record high of 52 new COVID-19 cases reported in Friday’s daily update, when some lockdown restrictions were eased across the territory. Among the changes, Canberrans are now allowed to have two guests into their home. Barr described his initial reaction to learning that the ACT had again recorded 52 new cases as “from an emoji perspective, it was a broad reaction.” But he said he was encouraged that nearly 10 per cent of Canberrans infected with the virus required hospitalization, saying that proportion was lower than in some other Australian jurisdictions. But the prime minister said the ACT health system needed support, with more money needed to deal with the pressures on it. He said all state and territory health ministers have written to the federal government “identifying a range of issues that will need to urgently be addressed to prepare the health system for what’s ahead.” “These are crisis funding for hospital demand pressures, support for COVID case management in the community, ways to address discharge delays for elderly care and NDIS participants within the hospital system, funding to extend the operation of existing mental health crisis clinics, and expansion of crisis support across all Australian jurisdictions,” he said. Mr. Barr. “The Commonwealth has been asked to look into these issues and respond to them as quickly as possible.” Meanwhile, Dr Coleman said that so far 939 total cases have been recorded in Canberra during the current outbreak. Of those, 617 people have recovered, five more than the number given on Friday. There are 319 active cases. Of the 30 new associated cases, 14 are household contacts. The ages of the 13 people in the hospital ranged from their twenties to their eighties. Eight of these are unvaccinated. Four had a first dose, and one had an unknown vaccination status. Meanwhile, southern New South Wales reported 27 new cases on Saturday. Eleven of them were in the Queanbeyan Palerang District, and seven of them are linked to known cases. Are you looking for more information about exposure sites? Read the latest updates here. More COVID-19 news: Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT and the closure is free for anyone to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please sign up here. If you are already subscribed, thank you for your support. You can also subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to bring up-to-date local news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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