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ACT placed under lockdown for 7 days after 4 cases of COVID-19 were recorded

The ACT has gone into lockdown for seven days, after the territory recorded four positive casesof COVID-19.

Key points:

  • The initial case — man in his 20s — had been infectious in the community since Sunday
  • Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the new cases posed a “serious health risk”
  • The snap shutdown, which began at 5:00pm, is the first time the ACT has entered lockdown since early in 2020

At midday, ACT authorities confirmed a man in his 20s from Gungahlin in Canberra’s north had tested positive to the virus and had been infectious in the community since Sunday.

Just after 5:00pm, Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman announced live on ABC Radio Canberra that three others had since tested positive in the ACT, all of them close contacts of the first case.

“I can report very hot off the press that we knew of nine really close contacts, so these were people who had prolonged and repeated exposure to our case,” she said.

“We know that three of those have given us additional positive cases, the other six have returned negative tests at this point in time.”

Authorities said the source of the man’s infection was unknown, with multiple exposure sites listed.

The government said the fresh outbreak represented the “most serious public health risk” the ACT had faced for 12 months.

It had previously been 105 days since the last case in the ACT —a diplomat in quarantine — and over a year since the last locally acquired case.

The ACT has been in lockdown since 5:00pm on Thursday. It is the first time the ACT has entered a lockdown of this nature since the early days of the pandemic.

List of ACT exposure sites

Anyone who has visited the following places during the below times has been told to immediately get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

SuburbPlaceDateArrival timeDeparture time
Canberra CityFiction Bar8 August12:00am4:45am
WodenChurch of Pentecost, 19B Irving St8 August10:30am1pm
FyshwickFreedom Furniture8 August2pm2:20pm
FyshwickJB Hifi8 August2:15pm2:35pm
FyshwickTK Maxx8 August2:35pm2:50pm
BraddonAssembly Pub8 August9pm9:30pm
FyshwickStockade Training Centre9 August7:30am1pm
FyshwickStockade Training Centre10 August9am11am
ManukaUrban Pantry10 August10:30am1pm
FyshwickHarvey Norman10 August11am12pm
MitchellNorth Canberra Business Centre11 August11:10am11:30am
CookCompanion House11 August11:30am11:45am
KingstonCapital Chemist11 August12pm12:15pm
ManukaColes11 August12:15pm12:40pm
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