ACT set to ease COVID restrictions further

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A COVID-19 outbreak at a Canberra primary school has grown to nearly 40 as the ACT government prepares to announce the further easing of restrictions.

The Wanniassa School in Canberra's south is one of 12 ACT campuses hit by outbreaks, with close contacts told to quarantine at home.

That school's outbreak grew to 39 on Monday as 13 new cases were reported across the territory.

ACT ministers are looking at easing restrictions faster, given Canberra's nation-leading double-dose jab rate surpassing 95 per cent.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr is expected to announce on Tuesday the accelerated easing of restrictions originally scheduled for the end of November.

This would mean the scrapping of home visitor limits, increased density limits and mandatory face masks only in high-risk indoor settings.

Education Minister Yvette Berry said infections in schools weren't unexpected as classrooms reopened and urged people to watch for symptoms.

"It has become an anxious time," she told reporters in Canberra.

"Get tested, even with the smallest of symptoms, as we saw that people have become unknowingly infectious and children have contracted it."

There are 136 active cases in the community, with one patient in intensive care on a ventilator.

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