Canberra reports 35 new cases and one more death as quarantine ends
The total number of cases for this outbreak is 1394.
The ACT reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours by 8pm on Thursday, as the region enters a new phase of accepting some community transmission of the virus.
A woman in her 70s with COVID also died at the Calvary Haydon Aged Care Facility.
The statement said, “ACT Health extends its deepest condolences to the relatives of this person. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
There are 16 Canberrans in the hospital, eight of whom are in intensive care. That’s an increase in the six people in intensive care reported Thursday. The government did not say how many required ventilation. It also only reports the number of Canberrans in its hospital and does not include those from NSW who may be there.
No details were given about the number of cases considered to be at risk of transmission in the community.
In the ACT, 493 people have COVID and 1394 cases were seen in this outbreak.
The ACT also reached 76 percent for people over the age of 12 with two doses of the vaccine.
The ACT Prime Minister previously said the region has achieved a 99 percent initial vaccination rate.
Barr, who held a press conference before the daily figures were released, said the next relaxation of restrictions is scheduled for 29 October. More details on these next steps will be available by then.
“I don’t want to create an expectation that things will move faster than that,” the Prime Minister said of the next lockdown change, scheduled for 29 October. Said.
Mr Barr also sought to clarify the rules for crossing the border after confusion about what people are allowed to do.
Canberrans can go to NSW border areas for a number of fundamental reasons, not including going to a bar, he said.
“My recommendation from now until November 1st is that cross-border travel be undertaken for these fundamental reasons.”
The reasons are broader than they used to be, but are about a specific reason to go, not for vacation and/or fun.
Canberra adjusts to a new normal
The new cases were announced as restrictions in the region were eased and the nine-week lockdown ended.
Current modeling suggested Over the next few weeks, Canberra hospitals could expect between 17 and 20 cases on wards and up to eight people in intensive care.
ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith described the modeling as a “moving feast” and said it wouldn’t be helpful to post a “fixed time” model as it will be updated weekly, but Ms Stephen-Smith could. Discuss modeling on a weekly basis.
NSW health authorities have eased COVID-19 restrictions for people entering NSW from the area, making Canberrans “subject to the same rules as people living in NSW”.
The change in policy raises expectations for the ACT to increase restrictions for NSW residents arriving in Canberra.
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