Date : 14 September 2021
Location : Canada

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) lockdown gets a four week extension till October 15, 2021, Chief minister Andrew Barr, confirmed.

The extension came in the wake of 22 new COVID-19 cases which registered last week. All children between pre-nursery to aged 10 would only begin school now from the fourth term. And classes would resume from October 12..

The situation took alarming proportions resorting to extending lockdown, when, currently, 252 active cases of COVID-19 were reported in the territory.

The Health ministry registered concern when 13 new cases had been out, mingling with the community during their contagious period. The hospitals have registered 10 positive cases of which two remain serious enough requiring ventilation.

Looking at the current scenario, Education minister Yvette Berry, ACT, took a call to extend the period for pre-nursery to age 10 school children to be back in fourth phase. Till then classes would be based on remote learning, he said.

Concerns are on account of ACT having a total strength of 81,874 school children across the territory. Berry empathised with the scenario and said he can connect with their emotional frustration. However, Andrew also attributes NSW for their decision to extend the lockdown, where cases are on the rise.

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