10 October 2021

UPDATED: 30 new cases of COVID-19, less than 40 new exposure sites

| Lottie Twyford
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The ACT has recorded 30 new cases of COVID-19 overnight. Photo: David Murtagh.

UPDATED 12:15 pm: There have been a number of new COVID-19 exposure sites added to the ACT Government’s website this afternoon.

While there have once again been no new close contact sites, there are a couple of new casual exposure sites.

These include Billini Shoes in the Canberra Centre which has been listed multiple times, on Wednesday 6 and Thursday, 7 October between 9 am and 5:30 pm.

Woolworths Erindale is also listed three times, on Sunday, 3 October between 9:50 am and 6:30 pm, on Monday, 4 October between 6 am and 11:40 am and on Wednesday, 6 October between 5 am and 3:15 pm.

Coles Manuka is also a casual contact exposure site on Sunday, 3 October between 1:50 pm and 3 pm.

New monitor for symptoms locations have been added in the suburbs of Acton, Calwell, Majura Park, the City, Casey, Crace. Fyshwick, Holt, Kambah and Wanniassa.

See the ACT Government’s COVID-19 website for specific exposure times as well as instructions to follow as a casual contact.

The usual press conferences will resume at 11:45 am tomorrow, Monday 11 October.

UPDATED 11:55 am: There have been 30 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday.

This brings the total number of cases for this outbreak to 1202. Of these cases, 16 are linked to known cases or ongoing clusters with 11 of these household contacts, and 14 remain under investigation.

Seven cases were in quarantine during their infectious period and six spent some time in the community while infectious and may present a risk of transmission to others.

A Queanbeyan man died at Canberra Hospital. He was in his 50s, not vaccinated and had underlying health issues.

There are now 763 cases who have recovered with 27 in the past 24 hours. This means there are now 433 active cases associated with this outbreak.

As of 9 am 10 October, ACT Health continues to work with more than 1500 people who have self-identified as close contacts of ACT outbreaks.

As at 8 pm yesterday, there were 15 patients in ACT hospitals, including six in intensive care and five of these cases required ventilation.

More than 3900 tests were collected across the ACT yesterday, from both Government and private providers.

NSW recorded 477 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday, the state’s lowest figure since August 17.

Sadly, six people died.

According to NSW Health, one new case was acquired overseas and one was acquired interstate in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 68,523.

Yesterday NSW recorded 580 new local cases.

Victoria has recorded 1890 new coronavirus cases, a slight decrease on the record-breaking numbers recorded on Saturday. Five people died.

There are now 18,342 active cases across the state. Victoria recorded a new national record of 1965 cases on Saturday and five deaths.

Woolworths Majura Park entrance

Woolworths Majura Park and Costco have both been listed as casual contact exposure sites. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

9 am: As the ACT prepares for its first day without a regular press conference since the current COVID-19 outbreak began, very few exposure sites have been added to the Government’s website overnight.

Reflecting a current trend, none are close contact sites and the vast majority are supermarkets, petrol stations and food takeaway venues.

On the Southside, new casual contact locations include Coles Manuka on Sunday, 3 October between 1:50 pm and 3 pm, Woolworths Woden on Tuesday, 5 October between 11:50 am and 12:40 pm and Erindale Healthcare also on Tuesday, 5 October between 10:25 am and 11:30 am.

At Majura Park, both Costco and Woolworths are casual contact locations on Saturday, 2 October. The former between 11:05 am and 12:50 pm and the latter between 12:15 pm and 1:20 pm.

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In Canberra’s North, ALDI Kippax on Tuesday, 5 October between 1:50 pm and 2:45 pm, SUPABARN Crace on Monday, 4 October between 11:20 am and 12:30 pm, ALDI Belconnen also on Monday, 4 October between 12:45 pm and 1:45 pm and Coles Amaroo on Wednesday, 6 October between 11 am and 11:55 am are all listed as casual contact sites.

There are new locations listed in the ‘monitor for symptoms’ category in the suburbs of Amaroo, Belconnen, Canberra City, Casey, Charnwood, Florey, Fyshwick, Holt, Latham, Nicholls, Phillip, Wanniassa and Weston.

See the ACT Government’s COVID-19 website for specific exposure times as well as instructions to follow as a casual contact.

The ACT yesterday announced 25 new COVID-19 cases, as the Chief Minister warned there would be no changes to regional travel for ACT residents on Monday, 11, October, the day that has been dubbed ‘Freedom Day’ in neighbouring NSW.

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While there is still some confusion in the community about how the changes interstate will affect residents in the border bubble, the Chief Minister yesterday said the logistics of the current cross border arrangement were not changing

Anyone in the approved postcodes is not permitted to travel beyond them if they still wish to enter the ACT for work, or other essential reasons. Likewise, Canberrans should not be making the border crossing for non-essential reasons, such as a pint in the pubs which will open in Queanbeyan, etc, from Monday.

Relaxations on further interstate travel will occur in the coming weeks and months, but the Chief Minister reiterated that they remain largely dependent on the decisions made by the relevant authorities in NSW and Victoria. It’s likely both states will need to downgrade their classification of the ACT’s risk to allow quarantine-free travel.

NSW yesterday recorded 580 local cases of COVID-19, with 20 of these in the Southern NSW Local Health District.

ACT Health authorities are expected to notify today’s case numbers via a written statement.


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The reality is that we don’t need daily press conferences. They serve no purpose. For 18 months all we have heard is politicians banging on about Covid, and we’re over it!

Here’s what Andrew Barr should say – ‘Hey Canberrans, we have 432,000 people in this territory and as of today we have 433 active cases. That means that 99.9% of us have not got Covid. Only 0.1% of all Territorians have Covid, which is statistically insignificant. Given the insignificance of this number, I will no longer provide any daily updates, as they are meaningless!”

So nice that some people are not taking precautions. Now myself and my husband, who has cancer are both Covid positive. Very unimpressed.

Why is it nice?

Being sarcastic.

I too have cancer and I’m am concerned about the possible added issues that Covid may add.

I get really annoyed when I see people socialising and those who can’t even wear a mask properly (covering their nose), or those who wear non-compliant masks (those with external valves, that doesn’t trap aerosols).

Even though I’m fully vaccinated, I’m also concerned about the added risks that are to comes when we start to open up.

I wish you both all the very best and a speedy recovery.


Clearly irony is lost in your Oscar Mike.

Thanks for your wishes kenbehrens. It’s very frustrating when you do the right thing and still cop it. Best wishes for your safety too.

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