Canberra lockdown extended after ACT records 19 new cases

The lockdown in the ACT will be extended for a further two weeks after a significant increase in new COVI infections.

The territory recorded 19 new cases overnight, taking the total number of active cases to 28.

The new cases include a high school student in Lyneham who attended classes for four days while infectious and an aged care worker in Tuggeranong.


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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr described the spike in cases as a “serious situation”, with the lockdown to be extended until September 2.

“As today’s figures demonstrate, the virus is active in our community and there are now thousands of close contacts and a growing list of exposure sites,” Mr Barr said.

“We do not want to see the numbers continue to grow and we do not want to see exponential growth.

“So the best way that we can avoid this is to limit our movement. Please stay at home.

“Lockdowns are a proven measure to suppress chains of transmission of the virus. They have worked elsewhere in Australia and overseas and if we do the right thing it will work here in Canberra.”

Mr Barr did not rule out lifting the lockdown before September 2 if the situation improves.