ACT to enter seven-day lockdown as COVID-19 case investigated

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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has confirmed there will be a lockdown in the nation’s capital from 5pm for seven days.

“We do not currently know the source of the infection, but extensive investigation has been under way for many hours,” Mr Barr said.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr: “This is the most serious public health risk that we are faced in the territory this year.”Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

“This is the most serious public health risk that we are faced in the territory this year.”

The new case was a man in his 20s residing in Gungahlin.

Authorities are contact tracing but warn the man has spent “extensive time in the community” since Sunday morning when he was infectious.

Earlier this morning, ACT Health confirmed a COVID-19 case had been infectious in the community and the virus was found for the first time in 12 months in the region through wastewater detection.

The source of the infection is still under investigation.

Canberrans will be asked to only leave their homes for essential reasons – essential employment, healthcare (including a COVID-19 vaccination), essential groceries and supplies, and up to one hour of outdoor exercise. Mandatory mask-wearing will be reintroduced.

General retail will be closed and hospitality venues will only be able to operate takeaway services. Authorities will ask any business that has to remain open to actively prevent any in-store browsing.

with Rob Harris

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