10 January 2022

ACT records 1039 new cases with RAT result reporting system on the way

| Max O'Driscoll
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The ACT has recorded 1039 new cases overnight. Photo: Region Media.

The ACT has reported 1039 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Saturday, 8 January.

The additional cases of COVID-19 take the ACT’s total active caseload to 5766 and, of these, 27 people are now in hospital, including four in intensive care and four on ventilators.

A total of 2151 negative test results were recorded in the 24 hours to 9 am on Sunday, 9 January. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the ACT since the beginning of the pandemic on 12 March 2020 is 12,176.

The percentage of the eligible population who are fully vaccinated remains at 98.5 per cent. The percentage of ACT residents aged 18 and above who have received their third dose also remained the same at 20.3 per cent.

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The news comes as the Territory moves towards using Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) in place of the PCR tests.

ACT Health will have a form available shortly for the community to report positive RAT results. In the meantime those with a positive RAT result are advised to record the date of their initial positive result.

In Victoria, this shift led to a rapid rise in daily new case figures. The ACT is yet to see that same impact, but is likely to do so once this reporting system is in place.

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A reminder if you are younger than 65 years of age, have had at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (for adults), do not suffer from any chronic health conditions and are not pregnant, it is now considered safe to manage COVID-19 from home.

NSW reported 30,062 total new cases and 16 deaths. There are now 1927 people in hospital and 151 people in intensive care.

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