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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2021) . . Page.. 1818 ..

Planning, Transport and City Services—Standing Committee


MR PARTON (Brindabella) (10.26): Pursuant to standing order 99, I move:

That the petition relating to improving traffic safety in Theodore at the intersection of Lawrence Wackett Crescent and Tharwa Drive be referred to the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

COVID-19 pandemic response—update

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.27): I rise to provide a further update on the COVID-19 situation in the ACT and the plans, preparations and actions that the government continues to take to protect the health and wellbeing of Canberrans.

The ACT continues to do well with our response to COVID-19, and I would like to thank the Canberra community for continuing to cooperate with the public health directions and advice. These are critical to our ongoing efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The Canberra community has shown their commitment throughout these unprecedented times, including in response to the recent situations in Victoria and New South Wales.

I am also pleased to see more Canberrans now able to book their appointment to be vaccinated against COVID-19 after recent announcements. I thank the hardworking staff at our testing and vaccination centres and our frontline hospital and public health teams in helping to keep the community safe.

Since my previous update on 2 June, the ACT government has been busy responding to the COVID-19 situation in Victoria. The situation has been challenging and we have seen things develop very quickly, which again is a reminder of the need to be vigilant, to stay in front of this virus. I am pleased to report that no positive cases have been detected in the ACT, despite this situation, which is testament to Canberrans heeding the public health and travel advice.

As of 21 June 2021, there have been more than 100 locally acquired cases linked to the greater Melbourne outbreak, but just eight new cases reported over the past seven days. At the height of this outbreak, there were several hundred linked exposure sites listed in Victoria, and a large number of close contacts identified. The ACT kept on top of the newly listed exposure sites by updating our COVID-19 areas of concern notice on a frequent basis and publishing exposure sites on the ACT’s COVID-19 website. Canberrans who had returned from Victoria were asked to check the notice and follow the public health advice.

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