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The ACT has registered 32 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours to 20.00 on Sunday, when the territory became the first jurisdiction to fully vaccinate 70 percent of the population aged 12 and over. 25 of the cases have been linked to previous cases and 19 of these are household contacts. Eleven people spent their entire period of infection in quarantine and nine spent time in the community while being contagious and posing a risk of transmission to others. Eighteen patients with COVID-19 were in Canberra’s hospitals. Seven were on intensive care and six required ventilation. More than 1,600 people have identified themselves as close contacts, and there are more than 380 current exposure sites in ACT. There are now 773 people who have recovered, 10 of them in the last 24 hours. This means that there are now 455 active cases associated with this outbreak. Prime Minister Andrew Barr said 98 percent of Canberrans aged 12 years and older had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Based on forward-looking bookings, Barr said it was likely that ACT would reach 99 percent first dose. “Canberra will be among the most vaccinated places in the world,” he said. The AIS Arena Mass Vaccination Clinic will now be open for walk-up vaccinations without bookings to help reach the remaining Canberrans. Immunocompromised people can access a third dose of Pfizer through their GP. A spokesman for ACT Health said: “We are the first jurisdiction in Australia to reach this vaccination coverage and we could not be more proud of our community.” Thanks to everyone who has been vaccinated or is booked to be vaccinated in the coming weeks. “Mr Barr said the ACT government will have confirmation from NSW on Wednesday or Thursday on how Canberrans will be treated with regard to travel restrictions from Friday. He said NSW would enforce the rules aggressively this week while people vaccinated in NSW regional areas had more freedoms than ACT residents. “Today, it is not an option for Canberrans to go to NSW for non-essential reasons,” Barr said. will rise from Friday.The ACT government has changed the way it reports daily case numbers.Monday, a press release was issued before the press conference at 11:45 a.m. The prime minister did not refer to the statistics in his speech at the media event, which was held outside the AIS Arena. Katherine Wakefield, Director of Nurse Canberra Health Services COVID-19 Test and Vaccination Clinics, turned to the media instead of either the head of health or the deputy the health manager. She thanked the staff who had worked hard to administer the vaccinations to such a large part of the Canberra population. Meanwhile, fully vaccinated people in NSW have been given liberties such as visits to shops, pubs and gyms from Monday. NSW recorded 496 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths in 24 hours to 20.00 on Sunday. Victoria has registered 1,612 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths as trials of the state’s vaccine passport system begin. READ MORE COVID-19 NEWS: Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, you can subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our regular newsletter. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:

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