Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

The Australian capital has registered a further 22 coronavirus cases, bringing the outbreak to 67.

Prime Minister Andrew Barr said 63 cases had been linked. The other four are still under investigation.

“Now is not the time to ease the restrictions,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

There are currently 12,500 people in quarantine, including 10,500 close contacts, after more than 190 exposure sites were built.

ACT Health Manager Dr. Kerryn Coleman said the territory saw “more young people in our case number with new cases identified in a number of additional schools”.

People go out to train in the middle of the lockdown in Canberra.  File.
People go out to train in the middle of the lockdown in Canberra. File. Credit: Gary Ramage/Getty Images

Four new cases have been linked to three new school communities at Harrison School, UC Lake Ginninderra College and St Thomas Aquinas Primary School.

“We will continue to work closely with all schools and the affected communities to ensure they have the support and information they need,” she said.

‘Understandably worried’

ACT Senator Katy Gallagher’s 14-year-old daughter, Evie, is among Canberra’s COVID-19 cases.

“She is at home with us, but feels rather uncomfortable and understandably worried about what it means for her and for the rest of her family,” she wrote online.

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“The rest of our family, including myself, have all returned negative tests. I’m lucky I’m fully vaccinated. Unfortunately, too many Australians have not had that opportunity. ”

The chairman of the committee, which looked at Australia’s COVID-19 response, said Australian youths had been let down.

“I am sitting here tonight where, after doing everything right for 18 months, like millions of other families around Australia, I am left with my children completely vulnerable to COVID -19,” she added.

– with AAP


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