ACT records 17 new COVID-19 cases, six remain under investigation

Of the new cases 11 are linked to known cases, with 12 in the community for part of their infectious period. Five of the cases were in quarantine during their infectious period.

ACT Health said more than 800 people have self-identified as close contacts of outbreaks across the region.

Three of the 14 suburbs – Conder, Dickson and Gungahlin – are considered casual contact locations.

“We only consider you as a close, casual or monitor for symptoms contact if you’ve been to an exposure location at the specific dates and times listed,” ACT Health said in a tweet.

“If you were at the location at any other time or date, then we don’t consider you as a contact.”

Eleven other suburbs have been listed as areas of concern where any COVID-19 symptoms should be monitored.

These suburbs are: Banks, Belconnen, Braddon, Canberra City, Casey, Conder, Fyshwick, Holt, Philip, Wanniassa and Watson.

A street sign saying ‘The ACT is in lockdown’, in Canberra on Tuesday 14 September 2021. (Sydney Morning Herald)

ACT’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 242, with eight people in hospital with the virus.

Two people are in intensive care, with one individual requiring ventilation.

ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said efforts are being made to vaccinate 12- to 15-year-olds.

“There are about 25,000 young people in this age group in the ACT,” Ms Stephen-Smith told a media conference today.

“While this is a relatively small cohort, we know it is particularly important that we continue our vaccination program to ensure that young people in our community can be vaccinated.”

The ACT has reached 82 per cent first dose vaccination with 56.8 per cent having received their second COVID-19 jab.

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