7 April 2022

ACT COVID-19 cases remain above 1000; hospitalisations increase to 49

| Lottie Twyford
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The number of Canberrans hospitalised with COVID-19 has jumped to 49 from 42 yesterday. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The Territory has recorded 1094 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night and the number of patients in hospital with the virus has jumped to 49.

Three of those patients are in ICU while two are being ventilated.

Yesterday, there were 42 patients in the Territory’s hospitals. Four were in the ICU, with two being ventilated.

The 1094 (674 PCR and 420 RAT) new cases of COVID-19 reported this morning brings the Territory’s local active caseload to 5514 (2945 PCR and 2569 RAT).

The ACT recorded 1149 new infections yesterday.

The double-dose vaccination rate for the ACT’s five-plus population remains 96.3 per cent, and 73.9 per cent of residents aged 16 and older have now received a booster.

Of ACT residents aged five to 11, 58.3 per cent have received two doses.

Since the pandemic began, 84,013 (53,594 PCR and 30,419 RAT) cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the ACT.

A detailed breakdown of today’s caseload by age group is now provided by ACT Health on their website.

table of cases broken down by age group

ACT Health now provides a daily breakdown of cases by age group. Photo: Screenshot.

Interstate, NSW has reported 16 deaths overnight and 22,255 new cases.

There are now 1437 people in hospital with the virus and 48 people in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has reported four new deaths overnight and an additional 12,314 cases of COVID-19.

There are now 283 people hospitalised with the virus, while 12 patients are in the state’s intensive care units.

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The country’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly told a Senate estimates hearing yesterday that it is now time for the country to move away from reporting daily COVID-19 deaths.

Instead, he said Australia should move towards a concept known as “excess deaths”.

He explained this is the difference between the number of people expected to die over a period of time, or as a result of an event like a pandemic, and the actual number of deaths recorded.

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