Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Canberra's lockdown continues until October 15.  Photo: Newswire / Gary Ramage
Canberra’s lockdown continues until October 15. Photo: Newswire / Gary Ramage

The ACT has called on the government to allocate more vaccines to the territory’s mass vaccination clinics, as it admits that a return to Covid Zero is unlikely.

Canberra on Tuesday registered 16 locally acquired cases, bringing the total outbreak to 641.

Only three cases were isolated throughout their infectious period, and at least 11 spent some time in the community while contagious.

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Nine cases have been linked to existing cases or transmission sites, while the rest are still under investigation.

Ten people are in treatment at the hospital, and two people are in intensive care in need of ventilation.

Chief health officer Kerryn Coleman admitted it was unlikely the state would return to Covid zero, and the focus was now on slowing transmission.

“I think we accept that we are unlikely to get back to zero at this stage,” she said.

The shutdown in ACT continues as cases rise back to double digits.  Photo: Newswire / Gary Ramage
The shutdown in ACT continues as cases rise back to double digits. Photo: Newswire / Gary Ramage

Dr. Coleman said 31 percent of Canberra’s cases had been recorded in people under 18 years of age.

“Especially those under the age of 12 make up 17 percent of all cases in the ACT. Another 8 percent are between the ages of 12 and 15. And then 5 percent are between the ages of 16 and 18,” she said.

In total, the health authorities have not been able to link 77 cases to other known sources.

Prime Minister Andrew Barr called on the government to allocate more Pfizer doses to the territory-run vaccination clinics, which he described as more effective.

“In larger, more decentralized jurisdictions, the medical and pharmacy model really has advantages because we can not have a mass vaccination center in small communities, but we are a city-state,” he told reporters.

“Ultimately, we just want more vaccines so we can vaccinate people faster. That is the way out of our current public health restrictions. “

The business community still has no further details on when ACT may open up.  Photo: Newswire / Gary Ramage
The business community still has no further details on when ACT may open up. Photo: Newswire / Gary Ramage

It happens when the prime minister unveiled millions of dollars in additional funding for mental health.

Mental health, alcohol and other drugs will be supported by the $ 14 million fund.

“It’s okay not to be okay at the moment and support is available,” Mr Barr said.

The federal government will contribute $ 2.5 million. to support a Head to Health pop-up clinic for mental health in ACT.

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