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Sunday, 3 December 2023

AMA ACT president Dr Walter Abhayaratna urges Canberrans to wear masks as ACT elective surgeries cancelled

· Updated May 18 2022 - 2:09pm, first published 10:30am

Canberrans should consider using masks indoors, the Australian Medical Association says, as the city's hospital beds are increasingly being taken up by people hospitalised with COVID-19.

Lucy Bladen

Lucy Bladen

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Lucy Bladen has been a journalist at The Canberra Times since 2019. She is an ACT politics and health reporter. Email:

Olivia Ireland

Olivia is a reporter for the Canberra Times. She has covered federal politics and public sector, court and crime, local news, arts, education and business. Olivia started as an intern in August 2021 and began her career with the Times after completing her studies in November 2021.

Lanie Tindale

I am a reporter at The Canberra Times, and was previously a trainee. I have covered various topics at the masthead, including courts, federal politics, breaking news, features and opinion. I previously worked in digital news. I am now a general news reporter, with a focus on health.

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