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Canberra has hit the fully vaccinated mark of 70 percent, although the number of daily cases continues to rise. ACT reported 32 cases on Monday. At least nine spent some time in the community and six are still under investigation. The area is also at 97.8 percent of Canberrans aged 12 and older with a first dose. Canberrans are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel as October 15 approaches. In its ninth week of lockdown, ACT is taking its first steps on the road forward. It comes as the territory is praised as a world leader with “amazing” vaccination rates, and as many Canberra companies prepare to host most of their customers via outdoor events from Friday. On Sunday, ACT registered 30 new cases when a man in his 50s from southern NSW died at Canberra Hopsital. By 8pm Saturday night, 15 people were in the hospital, six on the ICU and five on ventilators. Over the weekend, some Canberra companies, in dire need of a cash inflow, expressed concern that cautious customers would “see and wait” when purchasing capacity increased across the territory. There are now 380 current display locations in ACT, with a bus route and Majura Park supermarkets among the most recently added. Meanwhile, NSW’s harsh lockdown conditions have begun to ease, with the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ being marked in the state today. I’m Miriam Webber and I’ll bring you the territory’s COVID updates today. The live blog appears below this article, and sometimes it takes a moment to appear. READ MORE: 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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