13 January 2022

ACT records 1020 new COVID-19 cases, three testing clinics closed due to supply shortages

| James Coleman
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The Kambah, Gold Creek (Nicholls) and Holt COVID-19 testing centres are closed today due to “unavoidable supply issues”. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

The ACT has recorded 1020 new cases in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday, not including infections identified via rapid-antigen tests (RATs).

There are now 24 people in hospital, including three in intensive care, with two being ventilated.

This brings the number of active cases in the ACT to 5,004. Yesterday there were 1078 new cases.

A total of 3739 negative test results were received in the 24 hours to 9 am today.

The number of ACT residents aged 12 and over who are fully vaccinated remains steady at 98.6 per cent, while 26.8 per cent of that cohort have received a booster shot.

The Kambah, Gold Creek (Nicholls) and Holt COVID-19 testing centres are closed today due to “unavoidable supply issues”. Shortages are being experienced across the country while demand for testing remains high.

The Mitchell and Garran clinic will remain open, as will other clinics in the ACT.

ACT Health has also reminded people that if you have recorded a positive rapid antigen test (RAT) result, you do not need to confirm this with a PCR test. You can report your positive RAT to ACT Health using an online form.

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Late this morning, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced domestic border restrictions will be removed from 1 am on Saturday when Queensland is expected to hit 90 per cent double vaccination.

It means anyone travelling into Queensland, either by road or air, will no longer have to show a border pass or a negative RAT.

Mandates requiring people to be fully vaccinated to enter some events and venues will remain.

“When we hit 90 per cent double dosed, restrictions for fully vaccinated international arrivals will also lift,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Unvaccinated international arrivals will be required to quarantine.

“Now we’ve had a chance to get our vaccination rates up, this is the right time. I thank everyone for their patience over the past two years,” she said.

NSW has recorded another 30,541 new cases via PCR tests in the last 24 hours and 61,387 via RATs. There are 337,818 active cases, of which 182 are currently in intensive care.

NSW Health has also reported 22 deaths.

NSW residents using RATs will need to notify Services NSW of their results online. Failure to report a positive result could incur a $1000 fine.

Of people aged above 16 in NSW, 93.7 per cent have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination and 21.6 per cent have had their third dose.

Victoria recorded 21,693 new cases via PCR testing and 18,434 new cases via RATs, with 21 deaths.

Across Australia, there are currently an estimated 696,699 active COVID-19 cases and 350 people are currently in intensive care.

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