ACT to enter snap lockdown after first COVID-19 case in over a year

The Australian Capital Territory will enter a snap seven-day lockdown after a case of coronavirus was detected for the first time in over a year.

A person with COVID-19 is believed to have been infectious in the community, which has prompted a quick response.

From 5pm today there will only be four reasons to leave home: essential employment, healthcare, to get groceries and for one hour of outdoor exercise per day.

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This is the first time the ACT has entered a lockdown of this nature since the early days of the pandemic.

Retail stores will close and hospitality can only operate in a takeaway capacity.

Mandatory mask-wearing is also being reintroduced, and people have been asked to avoid seeing anyone outside their immediate household.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will hold a press conference at 12.15pm AEST, and is expected to announce more details.

You can watch that at the top of this page.

More to come…

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