ACT records 13 new coronavirus cases - eight infectious in the community

Of the new cases, eight are household contacts of previous infections and five were in quarantine the whole time.

A woman waits outside the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Tuesday, September 14 2021

A woman waits outside the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Tuesday, September 14 2021 Source: AAP

Canberra has recorded 13 new coronavirus cases following a four-week extension of the ACT's lockdown.

Of Wednesday's cases, eight are household contacts of previous infections and five were in quarantine the whole time.

More than half of Canberrans aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr expects the ACT to be able to start to reopen gradually from between mid-October and early November.

"Soon, we will have administered first doses to everyone who wants one," he told reporters.

"And then the balance of the vaccination program will shift to second doses, and it will significantly pick up pace."

Minor tweaks to restrictions will start from 11.59pm on Friday, when the lockdown had been due to end following two prior extensions.

It will now run until 15 October, with a review of the situation in two weeks' time.

The return of senior school students, starting with year 12s, to classrooms is a priority for term four unless Canberra's outbreak deteriorates.

Groups of up to five will also be able to gather outdoors for sport.

Small businesses can have up to five people on site for click and collect or delivery services.


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Published 15 September 2021 at 12:39pm, updated 15 September 2021 at 12:42pm
Source: AAP - SBS