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ACT records 32 new local cases of COVID-19

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A total of 24 are linked to previous infections while just eight have been in quarantine while infectious.

The Australian Capital Territory has recorded 32 new local cases of COVID-19 in the last day, 24 of whom are linked to previous infections and eight in quarantine while infectious.

There are now 10 people are hospital with the virus across the ACT, two in intensive care and one requiring ventilation.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the results were "not what we wanted today".

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Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

"So we have seen through the pandemic the daily numbers can be volatile. These headline numbers are not what we wanted today," he said.

"However, half of the cases are close household contacts. And that is the experience of this virus. If someone catches it, they are highly likely to infect all of their household close contacts who are not fully vaccinated.

"If you get infected, the people who you will infect will be those closest to you.

Mr Barr said that number of people infectious in the community remains "obviously very concerning".

"Our contact tracers are now going to have a very busy weekend," he said.

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Mr Barr said that the ACT will receive a decent portion of Pfizer doses in the latest vaccine swap from the UK.

"In very good news we have been advised that the ACT will receive 86,797 Pfizer doses from the Commonwealth's Pfizer swap with the United Kingdom," he said.

"This is above our population share.

"The reason for this is that there is a rebalancing under way across Australia to see the jurisdictions that didn't receive their per capita share of the Poland one million doses or the Singapore 500,000 doses.

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"This is great news for the ACT."

To date, there are currently 239 active cases in the ACT, with more than 219,000 vaccinations having been administered so far.

Authorities in the territory expected to hit 70 per cent first dose vaccinations this weekend.

More than 2500 coronavirus tests were conducted in the last day.

Source: 9News

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