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ACT records 14 new coronavirus cases, all linked

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All except one were in quarantine for their entire isolation. The exception was “unknowingly” infectious pin the community for a “very short time”.

The Australian Capital Territory has recorded 14 new local coronavirus cases, which are all linked to a known case or cluster.

All except one were in quarantine for their entire infectious period.

That one person was "unknowingly" infectious in the community for "a very short time", ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said.

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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the territory recorded 14 new coronavirus cases today.

Despite the steadying numbers and the majority of cases being in isolation, the territory will not be coming out of lockdown early.

The lockdown is due to end on September 2, and a Cabinet meeting today will discuss the next steps.

More information about when restrictions can ease will be released tomorrow.

"It will be gentle steps forward until the nation reaches those key vaccination targets," Mr Barr said.

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He also said "very careful management" will be needed over the next three months after the territory comes out of lockdown.

"Vaccination, and early vaccination, remains critical now," he said.

He said the ACT will slowly, "gently" ease restrictions, but warned "spring is going to be difficult".

By restricting interaction between people now, health authorities hope life in the territory will look a little more normal by summer, Mr Barr added.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-update-act-records-14-new-cases-all-linked-canberra/58589717-fa62-46b9-9558-7a731ff75d4a

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