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prolonged confinement for the capital Canberra – RT in French

After the discovery of a case of Covid-19, the Australian capital has been confined since August 12. The authorities have decided to extend this confinement for a month as the vaccination campaign has accelerated in the country.

The confinement of the Australian capital Canberra was extended on September 14 until mid-October by the authorities.

The approximately 400,000 residents of Canberra have been forced to stay at home for a month after the discovery of a first case of Covid-19 in the city.

The epidemic focus, linked to the much more contagious Delta variant, remains limited, with 252 active cases to date and 276 people cured.

More than half of residents have received two doses of the vaccine

The head of government of the Australian Capital Territory, Andrew Barr has indicated that the authorities wish to continue to limit the transmission of the virus and to vaccinate as many people as possible.

“This is the safest way to go. This will make it possible to have a Christmas, a summer vacation and a year 2022 without risk, ”he said at a press conference.

Nearly 53% of the over 16s of this Territory have received two doses of the vaccine, the highest rate of the immense island-continent, struck for three months by an outbreak of the epidemic in several regions.

The vaccination campaign has accelerated in recent months, especially among millions of people confined in the south-east of the country, such as Sydney and Melbourne, the two most populous cities. Faced with this epidemic increase, the state of South Australia has stepped up its surveillance measures and touted the implementation of smartphone software that monitors people subject to quarantine as part of the health crisis.

State and federal leaders agreed last week on a national roadmap to lift restrictions and reopen borders when the rate of fully immunized people reaches between 70 and 80 percent.

Since the start of the pandemic, Australia has recorded more than 75,000 cases of Covid-19, which has killed more than 1,100.

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