Canberra records 16 new coronavirus cases

The ACT has recorded a further 16 coronavirus cases as an outbreak persists in the nation's capital.
The ACT has recorded a further 16 coronavirus cases as an outbreak persists in the nation's capital.

Canberra has notched up another 16 coronavirus infections as the ACT boosts mental health funding to help get residents through lockdown.

Of Tuesday's cases, nine were linked to known sources, and at least 11 were in the community for part of their infectious period.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced an additional $14 million to boost immediate and longer-term mental health services.

This includes boosted support for people with eating disorders, alcohol and drug services, and Indigenous and social housing residents.

"It is one of the most challenging times our community has faced," Mr Barr told reporters.

The territory's lockdown is scheduled to run until October 15.

Australian Associated Press