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Two people have died with COVID-19 as the territory registered five new cases of the virus within 24 hours until 8pm on Sunday. A man in his 60s and a woman in her 70s died with COVID-19 on Sunday. They had been on intensive care. “ACT Health sends out its sincere condolences to these people’s family and friends during this difficult time,” the government said in a statement. There have been 10 deaths in total over this outbreak, which began on 12 August. There are eight people hospitalized with the virus, three of whom are in intensive care and need ventilation. The new cases bring the active total to 170, while the number of cases associated with this outbreak is now 1656. Meanwhile, the percentage of the eligible population now fully vaccinated has reached 92.6 per cent. 978 negative tests were received within 24 hours to Monday at. READ MORE: A COVID-19 vaccine mandate for home and community disability and community care workers has been delayed after employers raised concerns that there was not enough time to ensure their staff complied. The public health guidelines, which require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, will be signed on Monday, after what the ACT government said was a significant consultation with the sector. Workers and volunteers must receive their first dose of a vaccine before 15 November and their second dose before 13 December according to the staggered requirements. Workers in these sectors were initially told that they should have received their first vaccine dose by 1 November and be fully vaccinated by 29 November. Meanwhile, the ACT’s booster-shot program is open to people over the age of 18 who had their second COVID-19 vaccination dose more than six months ago, with appointments available at state-run clinics, practicing surgeries and pharmacies. Prime Minister Andrew Barr said Canberrans had shown tremendous enthusiasm for being vaccinated and that the government expected this to continue in the booster program. On the advice of [Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation] that people can get their booster dose six months after their second dose, we are pleased to be able to offer boosters to qualified individuals at the ACT Government’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics, “said Mr Barr. Travel between ACT, Victoria and NSW reopened to fully vaccinated people Monday, after months of strict border closures.Geographic high-risk locations will be listed for Victoria and NSW, but fully vaccinated people who have visited these locations will only need to fill out a form.Australian citizens and permanent residents will also be able to return home from Monday with a Canberra woman aboard one of the first flights to land at 06.05 The reduction in quarantine measures and scrapped capacity limits for fully vaccinated returnees will see families and friends reunited after several years separated NSW registered 135 new local cases of COVID-19 in and four deaths on Monday, meanwhile in Victoria, the state registered 1471 new cases and four deaths. res coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, sign up here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the local community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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