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Category: COVID-19

Blood test finds undetected coronavirus cases: ANU

A new blood test developed by researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) has suggested more people have been exposed to COVID-19 in Australia than have so far been detected.

Police close Civic bar for COVID, liquor law breaches

ACT Policing forced the closure of a bar in Civic for breaching COVID restrictions and the Liquor Act 2010 in the early hours of Sunday 13 September.

Singapore Airlines departs Canberra, permanently

Singapore Airlines’ decision today to permanently withdraw flights between Canberra and Singapore is indicative of the large and growing challenges the ACT faces, local business groups have warned today.

Small venues handed lifeline as patron limit increases

Small venues in the ACT will be able to have 25 people in their venue from this Friday 18 September, the ACT Government announced today, Monday 14 September.

Canberra restaurants fined for COVID breaches

ACT Policing fined two Canberra restaurants $5000 for breaching COVID-19 health directions last weekend during routine compliance patrols.

New contact tracing app Check-in CBR to assist ACT venues

New contract tracing app Check-in CBR has been developed by ACT Health and will assist venues to meet their contract tracing obligations.

Asthma, hay fever symptoms can be similar to COVID

Canberrans who suffer from hay fever and asthma are urged to be alert this spring as many symptoms can be similar to those of COVID-19.

Using history to manage ’emotions of isolation’

Exploring historic approaches to isolation could open up different experiences of current pandemic restrictions, according to researchers at the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Bubble burst: SA Premier delays ACT-SA travel bubble

It appears an ACT-SA travel bubble won’t be taking place until there has been a fortnight without COVID-19 community transmission in NSW.

Restrictions unchanged following COVID checkpoint

The level of restrictions in the ACT will remain at Step 3.1 for at least the next two weeks, following the ACT Government’s COVID Safe Checkpoint assessment undertaken yesterday as part of Canberra’s Recovery Plan.

Potential ACT-SA travel bubble could open this week

Canberrans could be jet setting to Adelaide as soon as this weekend, with discussions on a possible ACT-SA travel bubble well under way.

Father’s Day aged care visits may be possible

Canberrans are being urged adhere to COVID-19 restrictions over the Father’s Day weekend but may be able to visit relatives in aged care facilities for the occasion, the ACT Chief Health Officer said today.

Worry increases, distancing decreases in second wave

An ANU survey has found that more than three in five Australians (62.6%) felt anxious or worried about the coronavirus in August, up from 57.3% in May.

Havelock House rolls out peer support project

Havelock House will use an ACT Government grant to roll out a leadership and peer support program within its community.

Police urge continued compliance over Father’s Day

ACT Policing have conducted 777 compliance checks in the past seven days and are reminding residents to remain vigilant over the upcoming Father’s Day weekend.

Canberra footy crowds increase to 3000 this weekend

Canberrans are reminded to remember their responsibilities in the fight against COVID-19, as the ACT ticks over nearly seven weeks without an active case and some restrictions ease.

Experts call for pandemic policies to be made permanent

Experts from The Australian National University (ANU) are calling for many of the 156 government policy measures put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic to stay long term.  

ACT Police have conducted 3,600 compliance checks to date

ACT Policing conducted more than 500 checks on people in quarantine and at businesses over the past week and have found people in Canberra have been complying with health directions.

ACT Public Health Emergency extended 90 days

The ACT Public Health Emergency has been extended for a further 90 days, effective until 19 November.

Lockdown prioritises sex, say leading academics

Two leading academics from the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the University of Sydney say recent Victorian lockdown restrictions should have Australians rethinking sexual relationships.

Historic medical buildings offer pandemic lessons

UniSA architecture researcher, Dr Julie Collins, suggests that in the current pandemic, there is much to be learned from the design of historical health buildings.