Canberra records 20 new COVID infections

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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has issued a blunt warning about Canberra's coronavirus outbreak and isn't happy with the territory's nation-leading vaccine rates.

Canberra recorded 20 new infections on Wednesday, at least seven of which were in the community for some of the time while infectious.

It's also the first jurisdiction in Australia to crack an 80 per cent full vaccination for people aged in their 70s and older.

Just over 71 per cent of over-50s are double-dosed.

The chief minister expects 95 per cent of residents aged 40 and older to be fully vaccinated in coming months.

He has consistently warned restrictions cannot ease significantly in Canberra, in lockdown until at least midnight on September 17, without higher vaccination rates across the board.

"We are very acutely aware of the need to also consider the economic impacts, and the mental health and wellbeing impacts, that come from ongoing public health restrictions," Mr Barr told reporters.

"To be as blunt as I can be, if the virus gets out of control in Canberra we will experience even greater health and economic challenges than we are right now.

"I'm not happy with anyone's vaccination status at the moment. We can all do better across every single cohort in the ACT."

Government clinics have 75,000 first dose bookings lined up, with nearly 250,000 having received at least one dose of a vaccine.

"There are of course a lot of people still to vaccinate and this is going to take some time," he said.

Canberra has 231 active infections, 10 of which are in hospital including two in intensive care.

A case has been linked to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade building near federal parliament, but it isn't thought to pose a risk to the general public.

Meanwhile, more than 400 Canberra businesses have received $6.9 million in financial support because of the lockdown.

But some who have applied don't have valid ABNs, aren't registered for the GST or are in administration or liquidation.

"To anyone who thinks they can try and scam this system. You can't. It is being checked," Mr Barr said.

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