Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

“The program is closed and will remain closed until a COVID-19 cleanup is found and we are advised that we can reopen,” the organization advised parents via its Facebook page.

Australian schoolchildren are likely to start receiving the Pfizer vaccine as early as January, after the National Medicines Agency (TGA) gave it preliminary approval early Sunday morning.

Children aged 5 to 11 years will be able to receive the plug.

It is expected that the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (Atagi) will issue its own independent recommendation to use the vaccine in that age group in the coming weeks.

Health Secretary Rachel Stephen-Smith

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said over the weekend that masks indoors would be the first thing left if restrictions were reintroduced. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

11:00: ACT has registered six new cases of COVID-19 in the last reporting period until 20 last night.

With the new cases, there are now 98 active cases in the territory.

Of the territory’s 12-plus population, 98 percent are now fully vaccinated.

ACT recorded 1511 negative test results at 6 p.m. 20 last night.

There are a total of six active and cleared cases at ACT hospitals at. 20.00 yesterday, of which three in intensive care. No one is in the fan.

As of yesterday, there are two cases of the Omicron variant in Canberra.

It is believed that the first ACT case acquired the virus from Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym in Villawood.

Yesterday, the ACT registered six new cases of COVID-19.

As of Saturday, 53 people in Canberra were in quarantine after being identified as close contacts in an Omicron case, but that number has likely increased.

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said at the weekend that the ACT has not yet made any decision to impose stricter public health or social distance measures. However, the authorities will halt any decision-making on further easing restrictions, including the removal of QR check-in requirements or limits on scrap density.

She said that if any restrictions were to be reintroduced, wearing masks indoors would probably be the first step.

Majura Folkeskole

Majura Primary School was exposed to the virus on Wednesday, December 1st. Photo: Screenshot.

Both Black Mountain School and Majura Primary School in the north of Canberra were exposed to the virus on Wednesday, December 1st.

New display sites added to the ACT Government’s COVID-19 site over the weekend included several popular restaurants and bars.

Informal contact points Tuesday, Nov. 30, are Two Sisters Lao Thai Cusine in Dickson between 6 p.m. 18:00 and 19:00, Marble & Grain between 17.47 and 21.10 and Hyatt Hotel Clubhouse (Gym Gloor area only) between am and 9 in the morning.

On Wednesday, December 1, Dickson Tap House is listed as a casual venue between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Next Gen Canberra is listed as a casual venue on Thursday, December 2nd between 15.00 and 15.45.

The House of Commons remains closed to the public after Green Party political leader Adam Bandt tested positive for the virus over the weekend.


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While a supermarket, graduation party, and gym were all among the first casual Omicron exhibits, the only close contact site for Omicron remains The Knox Made in Watson.

It is listed as a meeting place for concern on Tuesday, November 30 between 6 p.m. 9 and 10.

Health authorities have increased quarantine requirements for close contacts of Omicron cases. Anyone identified as a close contact with someone with the Omicron variant must be quarantined for 14 days. All household members of the local contact must be quarantined for 14 days.

Ms Stephen-Smith acknowledged the difficulty of these isolation requirements for Canberrans, especially at this time of year.

“Many thanks to the Canberrans who are in quarantine. We owe you gratitude,” she said.

Stephen-Smith said quarantine requirements had been tightened at this stage as a precautionary measure, given how little was known about the variant.

“We know that a new variant can change the game, but we also know that we learn a lot during the first few weeks and can adjust our settings accordingly.”


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Today in NSW there are 208 new cases and no deaths.

Today, there are 25 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the state.

There are 152 people in hospitals across the state with the virus and 24 in the intensive care unit.

NSW Health said 94.6 per cent of the population over 16 had received their first dose and 92.8 per cent had received two doses.

In Victoria, there are 1,073 new cases and six deaths.

There are 310 Victorians hospitalized with COVID-19, and more than 91 percent of the state’s eligible population (12 and over) are fully vaccinated.

Across the state, there are 16,503 active cases of the virus.

More on the way.

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