Canberra records 15 new local COVID-19 cases

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The ACT has recorded 15 new local COVID-19 cases overnight as the capital marks its fourth weekend in lockdown.

Of these, seven were in the community while infectious. Thirteen are linked to known cases and two are under investigation.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said one person remains in intensive care, but there is some “good news” in a reduction in the number of people requiring urgent medical care.

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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says there are no plans to further ease restrictions at this state. (Supplied)

The ACT has passed the 70 per cent first dose milestone for those over the aged of 16.

Mr Barr said the capital is edging close to 50 percent aged 16 above fully vaccinated, and it will cross that trend in a week.

Year 12 students will begin to be vaccinated tomorrow in order to sit end of year exams.

Mr Barr said compliance across the territory was “good” and the community was largely adhering to the lockdown measures.

He said, however, there were issues with businesses continuing to operate without adequate PPE requirements.

“The issues that we’ve talked about for several days now though still remains the most common reasons why businesses are not compliant and that is staff not wearing face masks properly,” he said.

“So just a reminder that wearing a mask properly is that it has to cover your nose and your mouth.”

Mr Barr said there is no intent yet to ease restrictions.

“We obviously have checkpoints and the settings that are in place are likely to remain, people should work on that basis,” he said.

“We will signal in advance when we next update so people have a bit of notice and they can expect there can be some changes but for the foreseeable short term I would advise the current settings are going to stay.”

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