28 April 2022

ACT records 1149 new COVID-19 infections; hospitalisations steady

| Lottie Twyford
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COVID 19 Screening Centre Closed at Garran due to weather. Canberra Hospital Photo: Michelle Kroll Region Media

There are once again 69 people in hospital with COVID-19 and three in ICU. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The ACT has recorded 1149 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday, taking the total active cases to 5326 (2751 PCR and 2575 RAT).

Since the pandemic began, 102,178 (64,155 PCR and 38,023 RAT)* cases of COVID-19 have been reported locally.

There are now 69 people hospitalised with the virus. Three are in ICU but none are being ventilated.

The ACT recorded 997 infections yesterday and there were 69 people in hospital.

The double-dose vaccination rate for the ACT’s five-plus population remains 96.9 per cent, and 75.1 per cent of residents aged 16 and older have now received a booster.

Of ACT residents aged five to 11, 64.5 per cent have received two doses of vaccine.

Rachel Stephen-smith

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith has encouraged businesses to supply rapid antigen tests for workers if they are required to attend work as asymptomatic household contacts. Photo: Lottie Twyford.

Yesterday, the Territory’s relaxed quarantine rules for household or close contacts of confirmed cases came into effect.

If required to, and if mutually agreed to by the employer and the worker, asymptomatic household contacts are able to attend their place of work or study.

Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith encouraged employers to supply rapid antigen tests (RATs) for people who need to attend work.

Contacts must notify their employer and ACT Health of their status and must return a negative COVID-19 test in the 24 hours before attending work.

If ongoing attendance is required, a negative test result must be returned every 48 hours.

RATs will also be available through ACT schools in a similar arrangement to the last two weeks of term one, and through the Garran and Mitchell testing centres for people who would otherwise face financial barriers to obtaining them.

However, they will be limited to three testing kits per person per week.

Household contacts must not attend ACT public schools yet, where restrictions will stay the same as last term for at least the first two weeks of this term.

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Interstate, NSW has reported 19 deaths overnight and 13,771 new cases of COVID-19.

There are now 1701 people in hospital with the virus and 76 people in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has reported 10 deaths overnight and an additional 10,427 cases of COVID-19.

There are now 445 people hospitalised with the virus, while 35 patients are in the state’s intensive care units.

* RAT numbers have been revised down after 846 incomplete declaration forms were removed from the cumulative ACT COVID-19 cases total.

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