ACT reports highest daily COVID-19 tally of 52 new cases and two deaths

The ACT has recorded two more COVID-related deaths, as well as a record 52 new infections on Friday.

The entry to the Haydon Retirement Community is seen in Canberra on 30 September 2021.

The entry to the Haydon Retirement Community is seen in Canberra on 30 September 2021. Source: AAP

Two COVID-positive aged care residents have died in Canberra with the territory recording a daily high of 52 new infections.

The two were residents of the Calvary Haydon Retirement Community and aged in their 80s. They had been receiving palliative care.

It takes the ACT's overall virus death toll since the start of the pandemic to six.

A source was identified for 40 of Friday's infections. More than half were in household contacts of existing cases.

At least 31 spent part of their infectious period in the community.

Another 17 were in quarantine the whole time.

ACT Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman said the daily tally is the highest of the current outbreak.

"I know that today's case numbers will be concerning for some people given this is the highest daily number in the outbreak so far," Dr Coleman said.

"And I must admit, it is a little concerning for us as well."

The previous daily case high was 32.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and health officials are concerned about the daily case rise while the territory remains in lockdown, albeit with progressively easing restrictions.

"Today's increase in case numbers will come as a shock to many but it's an important reminder that the virus is still very much active in our community," Mr Barr told reporters.

"When we get to higher vaccination rates and we start to further reduce our public health safety measures, daily case numbers like this will become the norm. But we're not at that point yet."

The chief minister is worried 40 per cent of eligible residents are yet to be fully vaccinated.

Canberra has become the first jurisdiction to reach a 90 per cent first dose rate for people aged 12 and older.

By the end of October, Mr Barr expects 90 per cent to be fully vaccinated.


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Published 1 October 2021 at 1:09pm, updated 1 October 2021 at 1:39pm
Source: AAP - SBS