Urgent calls to tighten health restrictions before hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19, as experts sound alarm on case rise impact

Finn McHugh
Jasper Lindell
By Finn McHugh, and Jasper Lindell
Updated January 4 2022 - 9:51pm, first published 6:30pm

Restrictions should be tightened now to contain outbreaks with escalating COVID-19 case numbers across the country before hospitals reach capacity, in a move that would reduce the overall cost to the economy, experts say.

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Finn McHugh

Finn McHugh

Federal Political Reporter

Finn McHugh has been federal political reporter for The Canberra Times since July 2021. He joined the Canberra Press Gallery in 2019 where he was executive producer of Sky News's AM Agenda, before joining NCA NewsWire as a federal political reporter. He has previously interned at the Kuwait Times.

Jasper Lindell

Jasper Lindell

Assembly Reporter

Jasper Lindell joined the Times in 2018. He is a Legislative Assembly reporter, covering ACT politics and government. He also writes about development, heritage, local history, literature and the arts, as well as contributing to the Times' Panorama magazine on Saturdays. He was previously a Sunday Canberra Times reporter.

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