10 July 2022

Barr tests positive for COVID-19, 945 new cases reported

| Ian Bushnell
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Chief Minister Andrew Barr will be isolating at home this week. Photo: Lottie Twyford.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has tested positive for COVID-19 and has begun his seven-day isolation period.

Mr Barr posted the news on social media this morning (Sunday, 10 July), saying he only had mild symptoms so far.

But the positive result means a week of disruption to his normally busy schedule with “lots of meeting and event cancellations required”.

Mr Barr apologised for the inconvenience but said “at least it isn’t Budget week”.

He will hand down the ACT Budget on 2 August.

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The ACT reported 945 (630 PCR and 315 RAT) new cases in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday, bringing the total number of active cases to 7767.

There were no deaths and the ACT toll stands at 82.

There were 134 people in hospital with the virus, with five in intensive care and three requiring ventilation.

The total number of cases since March 2020 is now 169,806.

The Australian vaccination program for COVID-19 will, from tomorrow, include fourth boosters for people over 30 years of age.


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