ACT COVID-19 cases jump to a new record, but hospitalisations remain steady for now

Karyn Starmer 4 January 2022
Mitchell COVID-19 testing centre

Long queues are again being reported for PCR testing clinics in Canberra, with the Mitchell COVID-19 testing centre at capacity by 9:15 am on Tuesday, 4 January. Photo: Supplied.

The ACT has reported a record number of new cases of COVID-19, with 926 cases recorded in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Monday, 3 January, a jump from the 514 new COVID-19 infections reported a day earlier.

The additional cases of COVID-19 take the ACT’s total active caseload to 2789, and of these 13 people are in hospital, with two people in intensive care units (ICU) and one being ventilated.

A total of 3485 negative test results were recorded in the 24 hours to 9 am this morning (Tuesday, 4 January).

The percentage of the eligible population who are now fully vaccinated remains at 98.5 per cent (as of 24 December, 2021).

Long queues are again being reported for PCR testing clinics with the Mitchell COVID-19 testing centre at capacity by 9:15 am today.


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The Holt COVID-19 testing clinic is closed today (Tuesday, 4 January) due to a power outage from recent storms in Canberra.

Meanwhile, NSW has reported a record number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations, with 23,131 new cases and two deaths.

There are 1344 people in hospital with the virus. Of those, 105 are in ICU, with 27 being ventilated.

NSW’s previous highest daily hospitalisation figure came during the Delta outbreak on September 21, 2021, when 1268 people were in hospital with the virus, and 242 were in ICU.

Victoria has also reported a record 14,020 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths.

Tuesday’s daily new infection figure in the state increased by more than 60 per cent, or 5443 cases, from the previous record of 8577 set on Monday, 3 January.

It brings the total number of active cases in Victoria to 48,297.


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