ACT outbreak grows with 30 new cases

The ACT has recorded 30 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, with 11 infectious while in the community.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said Tuesday’s results marked a “record day of cases” for the territory.

“I know that this case number today will be cause for concern. It is a record number of cases for the ACT. It confirms what we know, that the delta strain of this virus is highly infectious.”

Thirteen of the 30 new cases were in quarantine for their entire infectious period, while the source of six infections remain under investigation.

Mr Barr also warned that the three week “efficacy” period means that the daily rates that have been reported in the ACT and across Australia “do not yet reflect the actual level of protection in our community and in the other states”.

“The 70 to 80 per cent targets that are so often spoken about in the national media are important milestones but they reflect the opportunity to take gentle and measured steps forward in the national plan,” he said.

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