ACT records 26 new local cases of COVID-19

The ACT has recorded 26 new local cases of COVID-19 in the last day, with 20 linked to previous infections and 11 active in the community.

Just under 3000 tests were conducted across the territory in the last day, a number Chief Minister Andrew Barr said he would like to see raised.

There are 10 people with in hospital receiving treatment for COVID-19, with just one of those people in the intensive care unit.

I thank the staff and the ICU unit for the support they are providing that individual and as always, our thoughts are with the family,” Mr Barr said.

“(There were) 2937 tests yesterday. So, a moderate number but we would like to see that testing number get a little higher so please, get tested if you have any symptoms.

“We are aware that there are still some people coming out of quarantine that will also need to get the final test before they do so.”

Mr Barr said that overall compliance with public health orders across the territory has been of a “very high level”.

“ACT Police advise that they conducted 1000 traffic stops and issued only five directions to leave the ACT, so a very high level of compliance,” he said.

“38 compliance complaints were made and police have issued two cautions.”

Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.
A new vaccination hub with the capacity to jab 24,000 people per week will be opened in Canberra on Friday. (Getty)

The AIS Arena in Canberra which will serve as a major vaccination hub will open this Friday and will replace the centre at Garran, Mr Barr announced.

“The arena will open for vaccinations on Friday September 3,” he said.

“The opening of this new and much larger mass vaccination clinic ahead of the anticipated increase in supply of Pfizer will allow more Canberrans to be vaccinated more quickly through this new major hub.

“We anticipate the number of Canberrans able to be vaccinated in this new centre to be around 24,000 doses each week at maximum capacity and this will assist us to step up the pace of vaccination in September, October and November. It is as always, though, linked to the available Pfizer supply.”

Currently in the in the ACT, 64.8 per cent of residents have received their first dose of a jab and 41 per cent have received their second.

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