September 15, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

The lockdown of Australia’s national capital was  extended by four weeks yesterday, as the ACT continues to see community cases emerge, with almost of all of yesterday’s 22 cases spending time in the community while infectious.

The ACT’s Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman said there were still 50 mystery cases and there had been at least four introductions of the Delta variant from Victoria and NSW since Canberra first went into lockdown that have caused additional transmission in the community.

The ACT’s Chief Minister Andrew Barr said vaccination would be a focus over the next four weeks. The ACT already has the highest percentage of its population fully vaccinated at just over 52 percent and the second highest rate of single doses administered.

With the ACT now provisionally set to come out of lockdown at the end of Friday October 15, the territory will be in lockdown for over two months after a single case was identified in early August, prompting a swift lockdown on August 12.