Wednesday, July 6, 2022

ACT Covid numbers increase to 30, warning to residents in view of school holidays

The Australian Capital Territory has recorded 30 new Covid cases today, a doubling of yesterday’s figures.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr warned residents that breaches of the current lockdown rules won’t be tolerated as school holidays begin tomorrow, calling out a number of “unforgiveable” rule breakers at construction sites.
Just 12 of today’s new cases were in quarantine for their entire infectious period, with at least 14 out in the community.
“A case number that is simply too high.

“Today serves as a timely reminder that every time you are out in the community close to other people there is a risk you will become infected whether you are vaccinated or not.”

There were a large number of new exposure sites which are now available to view online, he said.

Barr reminded residents that as school holidays begin tomorrow, a travel ban remains in place.

“You cannot travel anywhere for a holiday, you cannot leave the ACT unless you have an essential reason.”

There will be a heavy police presence at borders, he said.
“We have to be all over this,” Mr Barr said.
Police check points, which had stopped more than 4000 vehicles in the past 24 hours, will be in place.
There were a number of “significant breaches” of COVID-safe requirements across a number of residential construction sites.
“These breaches are unforgiveable – they put employees and the general community at risk. It is simply not good enough and the sites have been shut down.”
Yesterday the territory reached 76.3 per cent of eligible adults who have had their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, with 52.3 per cent now fully vaccinated.

A number of small changes to the lockdown restrictions will take effect from tomorrow.

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