Australia news LIVE: Canberra lockdown to begin as ACT records one local COVID-19 case; NSW records 345 new local cases; Victoria records 21 new cases

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says the source of the territory’s first COVID-19 case in more than a year remains unknown as he confirmed the seven-day lockdown will begin at 5pm.

“This is the most serious public health risk that we are faced in the territory this year,” Mr Barr said.

The new case was a man in his 20s residing in Gungahlin. The authorities are contact tracing, but warn the man spent “extensive time in the community” since Sunday morning when he was infectious.

ACT parents are asked to keep their children home from school over the next week, with teachers told to prepare for remote learning to extend in case the lockdown needs to go on for longer. Children of essential workers and those experiencing vulnerability can still go to public school where they will be supervised.

Deputy chief minister Yvette Berry said this meant normal schooling won’t happen this week but the education directorate had spent the last 12 months developing a home lending library with resources for families.

“You can go to the Education ACT website, search Home Learning, and they will be a range of activities available through that online resource library,” she said.

Teachers, school staff and children aged 13 and above must wear masks.

Under stay-at-home orders, ACT residents can only leave for safety, essential work, medical treatment, exercise and essential supplies but have been encouraged not to leave their local area where possible. Masks are required.

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