ACT outbreaks are growing as Canberra detects 32 new Covid-19 cases

ACT has been warned to prepare for a “hard spring” as the Canberra Covid-19 outbreak hit another 32 locally acquired cases on Saturday.

The 32 new cases bring the ACT’s total to 359, with 239 active cases across the state.

While announcing the figures at the daily coronavirus press conference, Prime Minister Andrew Barr said thousands of additional vaccine doses would go to doctors in the coming weeks.

Barr said the state should receive an additional 87,000 vaccine doses, which would be delivered “week by week” to GPs and pharmacists.

These doses are part of the federal government’s agreement with the UK under the 4 million dose Pfizer swap.

Sir. Barr could not speculate that the current shutdown was being extended, telling reporters he was concerned as 19 people were contagious in the community.

Another 10 have been hospitalized, with one person currently in ventilation.

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Camera iconGym equipment is taped off during lockdown at Commonwealth Park in Canberra. NCA NewsWire / Martin Ollman Credit: Corp Australia company profile

Barr said it would be a “hard spring” for ACT.

“We are very conscious of the mental health, the economic consequences of public health directives,” he said.

“But it is clear from the experience of other Australian jurisdictions that if you lose control of the virus in society … things will (will) get worse than they are now.”

Chief health officer Dr. Kerryn Coleman acknowledged that these were high numbers, but warned that the numbers would continue to fluctuate with infection in the community.

She encouraged anyone who had even the mildest symptoms to stay home and be tested.

“I recognize that we may not always get this right … we will constantly review the risk level of our community and will adjust these settings accordingly,” she said.

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