Wed. Oct 27th, 2021


Canberra has reported 46 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 20.00 on Wednesday, and the sixth death in connection with an elderly care outbreak has been confirmed. Of these 46 cases, 30 are related to known cases or ongoing clusters, and 22 are household contacts. Eighteen of the 46 new cases were quarantined throughout their period of infection, while 16 were assessed as posing a risk of transmission to others. ACT Secretary Andrew Barr said that while the lockdown ended in late Thursday, Friday was not the end of the pandemic. Sir. Barr said that was why the ACT took such a gentle step towards easing the restrictions. “Lockdown has not been easy, but it has kept our number of cases significantly lower than they otherwise would have been,” he said. “Lockdown has allowed hundreds of thousands of Canberrans to be vaccinated, and it has saved tens of thousands of Canberrans from becoming very ill.” Since the lockout began, there have been 1359 registered cases of the virus in the territory, 119 people have been hospitalized, 24 have needed intensive care and seven people have lost their lives, Barr said. “For those families who have experienced a loved one in the hospital, or who have received intensive care, or who have lost someone to the virus, it has been scary, it has been shocking and it has been devastating.” Tomorrow [Friday] is not the end of the pandemic; the virus will continue to spread in the community. “Mr Barr said 98 percent of the eligible population had now received a dose of a coronavirus vaccine.” But the evidence clearly shows that a vaccine is not enough, “he said. That is why ACT focused on double vaccination rates, which would keep the number of admissions down as restrictions continued to ease.” The statistics that are important, and the one we want to focus on is the percentage of our community that is fully vaccinated, “he said. READ MORE: The number of people in the hospital was unchanged from Wednesday at 4 p.m. There are still five people on intensive care that require ventilation.There are now 860 recovered cases after this outbreak, 27 that recovered during the last 24 hours.This means that there are now 492 active cases associated with this outbreak More than 1,600 people have identified themselves as close contacts, and there are more than 380 sites of exposure. About 3,400 tests were performed on Wednesday. and stands at 74.7 percent for the second dose. A sixth death in connection with the Calvary Haydon Retirement Community was announced on Thursday, bringing the total COVID-related deaths in Canberra to 10 since the start of the pandemic. It was a man in his 80s who received care at the end of his life. “This brings the number of lives lost in this current outbreak to seven and the total number in ACT to 10 since the start of the pandemic,” ACT Health said in a statement. “ACT Health sends its sincere condolences to this person’s loved ones, and our thoughts are with their family and friends during this difficult time.” A statement from Calvary said that the resident received treatment at the end of his life before testing positive for the virus on September 28. Contact trackers have identified the source of the outbreak as a resident, despite initial reports that an employee was the source. 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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