The ACT has recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19, with six infectious in the community



The ACT has recorded 15 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19.Key points:Six of today’s cases were infectious in the community 19,500 first-dose Pfizer appointments have been brought forward in the ACTPolice will enforce compliance with health orders during today’s warmer weatherSix of those cases spent some time infectious in the community.Only one of the new cases is not yet linked to a known source.Sixteen people are now in hospital with the virus —three of those are in intensive care and one person is requiring ventilation.Vaccination appointments brought forward ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says 19500 first dose Pfizer appoitnments have been brought forward.(ABC News: Eliza Laschon)ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said more than 19,500 first dose Pfizer appointments had been moved forward after a boost in supply.“That’s fantastic news, lots and lots of people were able to bring forward their first dose. There are also still early appointments available, especially for people who are currently scheduled for a vaccine appointment in late October or early November,” Mr Barr said.“The Commonwealth Government has also advised us that the majority of the new Pfizer doses that are coming to the ACT that were part of that UK deal are going to be directed to local GP clinics.“This could mean as many as 60,000 new booking opportunities.”Mr Barr said thousands of bookings would also be available when the territory received its share of Moderna vaccines, due to arrive in the coming months.“On the presumption that we would receive our population share of that anticipated 10 million additional supply, that is about 167,000 doses for the ACT,” Mr Barr said.“We understand this will be available through pharmacists. So what this means is that those who have bookings in October or November may in fact be able to get a Pfizer, or a Moderna vaccine, even sooner, through GP networks or pharmacies.“A highly vaccinated Canberra is a safer Canberra, and our nation leading vaccination program should give everyone the confidence that there will be much better times ahead later this year.” Canberrans enjoy sunny weather during the territory’s lockdown.(ABC News: Ian Cutmore)Police to monitor compliance during good weatherMr Barr said health authorities did not believe high numbers of Canberrans spending time outdoors during today’s good weather posed a significant public health risk.”The community pretty well understand the risk points, and because activity will largely be outdoors, almost exclusively outdoors in fact, it might even lead to people spending less time in supermarkets and other places because they can be outdoors enjoying the sunshine,” Mr Barr said.”So, I don’t think there’s a significant increase in risk associated with outdoor activity and particularly if people are careful about keeping physical distance from others.”Mr Barr said ACT police would be conducting compliance activities throughout the day, with a focus on mask wearing.”In terms of compliance activities, there’s a focus for ACT policing on mask wearing,” he said.”There are also business and WorkSafe ACT compliance activities that are focused on construction.”Access Canberra, teams are focusing particularly on retail, click and collect activities and hospitality mask wearing – which has proved to be more of a challenge.”There were 3,202 tests conducted yesterday in the ACT.More to come.What you need to know about coronavirus:



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