Canberra records seven new COVID-19 cases

Canberra has recorded seven new coronavirus infections as ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr takes a swing at the Morrison government over vaccine supply.

© Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS Andrew Barr says the ACT should “not be treated differently” to Victoria and NSW on vaccine supply.

All of Monday’s cases have been linked, but at least four were in the community for some of the time while infectious.

Mr Barr is pleased with the number but warns it is too early to say if it is a trend, pointing to the 30 infections reported on Friday.

Children between the ages of 12 and 15 can now be booked in for a Pfizer vaccine through a government clinic. 


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But the chief minister has accused the federal government of favouring Victoria and NSW ahead of the ACT. 

While Commonwealth advice indicates the territory’s supply of Pfizer doses will not reduce between September and October, Mr Barr says it will also not increase as projected.

“We will continue to work with the Commonwealth on this point. We are optimistic that the issue can be positively resolved,” he told reporters in Canberra.

“During their outbreaks New South Wales and Victoria both received increased supplies of vaccines. It is our view that the ACT should not be treated any differently.”

The ACT has fully vaccinated 55 per cent of its population aged 12 and older.

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