Canberra plunged into lockdown as COVID reaches capital

The ACT has become the latest part of the country to go into lockdown after a positive case was detected in the community.

The seven-day lockdown will come into effect from 5pm on Thursday.

ACT officials say the infected person had been out in the community and the source of the infection is not known.


It’s the first community case in Canberra in 12 months and the first lockdown since the early days of the pandemic last year.

“This is by far the most serious public health risk the ACT has faced in the past 12 months, and that’s why the ACT is introducing a strict lockdown in response to this positive case,” the ACT Government said in a statement.

“We have said throughout the outbreak in Greater Sydney that we would act quickly and decisively. We have seen that a short and immediate lockdown limits the potential spread of the virus, and is the best path to avoiding longer and more damaging lockdowns.”

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for essential work, healthcare, essential groceries and supplies and up to one hour of exercise.

General retail stores will be forced to close while hospitality venues will be restricted to takeaway only.